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#1 peacefrog1969

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Posted 03 September 2006 - 02:04 PM

I have only upgraded a CPU once before and it was many years ago. I currently have a whimpy Pentium4 1.59 GHz in my Dell 4400. I can't remember, do motherboards have limitations on what type and how powerful of a CPU you can put into them?

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Posted 03 September 2006 - 06:39 PM

Yes, you options on what type of Processors you can get depends on what socket motherboard your is.

I looked up your systems specs, and it's a 478 Socket motherboard. The best processor you could get for it would be something like this 3.0Ghz Intel Pentium 4, Prescott core

Remember, though. To buy thermal paste, and if you have heat related problems to buy a good heat sink/fan.
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Posted 09 September 2006 - 09:46 AM

Thanks for the info it was extremely helpful.

Edited by peacefrog1969, 09 September 2006 - 09:47 AM.


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Posted 09 September 2006 - 05:27 PM

According to the technical specifications manual at Dell you are limited to the following processors:

IntelŪ PentiumŪ 4 microprocessor that runs at 1.50, 1.60, 1.70, 1.80, 1.90, 2.0, 2.20, or 2.40 GHz internally and 400 MHz externally
and a maximum amount of RAM of 1 GB DDR SDRAM.


http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/syst...ecs.htm#1101572

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Posted 09 September 2006 - 05:28 PM

According to the technical specifications manual at Dell you are limited to the following processors:

IntelŪ PentiumŪ 4 microprocessor that runs at 1.50, 1.60, 1.70, 1.80, 1.90, 2.0, 2.20, or 2.40 GHz internally and 400 MHz externally
and a maximum amount of RAM of 1 GB DDR SDRAM.


http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/syst...ecs.htm#1101572

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Posted 09 September 2006 - 09:37 PM

Those could be old. And the 3Ghz Presscott may have not been out in 478 then. I don't see why it wouldn't work. Only thing I could see that could wrong is if you use your current Heatsink/fan to try and cool it.
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Posted 09 September 2006 - 11:58 PM

The motherboard may not support it.
Many of the 478 boards will not handle the 3.0 and larger Prescott processors.

Call Dell support to make sure before you buy it.

Edited by Enthusiast, 10 September 2006 - 12:00 AM.





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