greywolf79
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Pricision Workstation 360

I am wanting more information on compatible CPUs, video cards, etc. I was not able to actually find any really useful information in the manual I downloaded. I did not see anything that stated what kind of memory (DDR pc2100 from the looks of it), what connectors for Hard Drives, what CPUs it will work with, what video cards have been tested to work (and which ones users have gotten to work), etc.

But I would also like to know if it is possible to place a regular non-Dell ATX/mini-ATX motherboard in the system? I have a core2duo motherboard, CPU and RAM that I wanted to see about putting in it instead of the stock set up in order to get a better computer going. I know the PSU will need to be upgraded soon but I am planning on it being a fairly basic system for the kids to do school work and internet based browser kids games.

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RE: Pricision Workstation 360

Hi Greywolf,

The Precision 360 is actually very similar to my old Dimension 4550 (now in the basement). I'm not sure how much you want to spend upgrading a system that at its best couldn't outperform that Core 2 Duo motherboard.

The drives are IDE, which are cheap enough on Ebay. The RAM is PC2700 or PC3200, also cheap on Ebay. The case and power supply are ATX but may not support that motherboard and will not have SATA power connectors for the hard drive and optical drive. If you need a new PSU, I would recommend just buying a case that fits your motherboard.

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greywolf79
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RE: Pricision Workstation 360

@osprey - I understand that advice. This motherboard is a little older. It has 2 ide connections on it as well as 4 sata ports so it can use the old hard drive and optical drive. It also did not appear to require the extra power connection my newer board did. I am more concerned with it not having the correct mounting spots or the cpu fan cover thing not sitting over the new cpu location. Do you happen to have a link for a specs sgsheet that will show me the specs on the existing hardware?

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RE: Pricision Workstation 360

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greywolf79
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RE: Pricision Workstation 360

I appreciate that link. That is one that does give some images and small details - but I was looking for more like this...

http://www.dell.com/downloads/emea/products/optix/optiplex_760_spec_sheet_en.pdf

This gives me details on which CPUs work (roughly), which types of drives, speeds of RAM, and which PSUs come with the designs... I was hoping for this type of detail on the Precision 360 (but I did not find this kind of detail on the Dimension 8400 either). I want to swap out the motherboard and CPU of the Precision 360 with a Abit IB9 motherboard and Intel dual core e2180 (and later a core2duo e6600) that I already have but have no case for.

I currently own from Dell - 1 x Inspiron 530 MT (Tower, not SFF/USFF), 1 x Optiplex 760 DT (Desktop, not tower or SFF/USFF), 1 x Dimension 8400 MT, and 1 x Precision MT. All of these were purchased second hand or given to me for the kids from friends. I have the Optiplex and Inspiron up and running and at least somewhat upgraded. I am not looking for the best computers, just the best performance from the existing computers - and maybe to modify some of them to be a little better (like changing out the motherboard in the oldest/weakest system).

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7 Plutonium

RE: Pricision Workstation 360

I looked but wasn't able to find a tech specs guide like that, but most of the specifications should be easy to search for.

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rdunnill
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RE: Pricision Workstation 360

But I would also like to know if it is possible to place a regular non-Dell ATX/mini-ATX motherboard in the system? I have a core2duo motherboard,

Some Dells accept standard boards, but not that one. It's proprietary and has limited upgrade potential.

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greywolf79
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RE: Pricision Workstation 360

Is there a list of possible CPU upgrades to this system? I will have a P4 550/550j soon due to another upgrade and figure I can use that in this machine if it will accept it.

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7 Plutonium

RE: Pricision Workstation 360

There's a list HERE. Looks like you could take a Prescott, which are pretty cheap.

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greywolf79
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RE: Pricision Workstation 360

Thank you for the last link there Osprey. It shows these CPUs...

1W391 Northwood 80532, 2.26, 512K cache, 533FSB
1W392 Northwood 80532, 2.40, 512K cache, 533FSB
1W393 Northwood 80532, 2.53, 512K cache, 533FSB
4U107 Northwood 80532, 2.66, 512K cache, 533FSB
2U374 Northwood 80532, 2.80, 512K cache, 533FSB
H3896 Northwood 80532, 3.06, 512K cache, 533FSB

F0068 Northwood 80532, 2.40, 512K cache, 800FSB
9Y856 Northwood 80532, 2.60, 512K cache, 800FSB
C0724 Northwood 80532, 2.80, 512K cache, 800FSB
H5656 Prescott Processor, 2.8G, 1Mb cache, 533FSB
R7147 Prescott Processor, 2.8G, 1Mb cache, 800FSB
H5657 Prescott Processor, 2.8G, 1Mb cache, 800FSB
H5658 Prescott Processor, 3.0G, 1Mb cache, 800FSB
H5659 Prescott Processor, 3.2G, 1Mb cache, 800FSB
H5660 Prescott Processor, 3.4G, 1Mb cache, 800FSB
C4905 Extreme Northwood Processor, 3.20, 2Mb cache, 800FSB
U5005 Extreme Northwood Processor, 3.40, 2Mb cache, 800FSB
 
Anyone know the model id for any of those? I tried a google search and come up with only generic information and I would like to get as much info as possible so as not to waste money. I want to know the socket it uses (seems to be an i875 chipset - which is a socket 478). I know the newer CPUs have model numbers, none of these seem to and I do not want to get the wrong one.
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