yes, i AM another one of those DUMBASSES trying to upgrade my Dell Dimension C521 for gaming.
i am planning on trying to stick an AMD Athlon X2 6000+ Brisbane into the dinosaur.... is it possible? you know, without considering suicide before it finally sticks?i *believe* the socket is an AM2.
specs:AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core processor
nVidia integrated video (DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 3.0 Graphics Processing Unit)
It's a Socket AM2 but it's got a TDP of 89W.
That is something you need to take into consideration but the Athlon 64 X2 was also rated for 89Watts.....
So you're in luck and they will get along just fine.
It would probably work at least with a bios update ( which you might get from dell ), but for gaming you are better off just installing a graphics card.
4GB ram, and the dual core you already have actually handle things ok.
Get a low profile Radeon HD 5570 or 6570. Should give you nice boost in graphics performance. Here is a cheap one $49.99 ( before $10 MIR )
with that PSU, i would not change the graphics card. so you need a new psu, a new cpu and a new gpu, i'd say use the case, dvd, floppy etc., get a new build from scratch, will be a lot better than an x26000+
nope he claims to already have a card, beyond what was listed in the original post, but hasn't said what it is. But you are probably right, as its a low profile card there's not much room for power consumption there anyway.
It's better to stick to answering the question about a particular part, since the OP knows what he wants..... he's just a little hesitant. That's the main reason he left out everything else and just asked about the CPU in this thread.