I have an idle Vostro 200 that I plan to turn into a DVR. Just need a sanity check on the hardware I'm going to add/swap. I plan to use the Hauppage HVR-2250 for video capture because it's touted to work really well with Windows Media Center. One of the requirements is a minimum 2.2GHz CPU. I've browsed through the forums and think I understand the limitations of what will go in this box (it has the G33M02 motherboard) and I hope this one will work ('cuz it's pretty cheap!): Intel Pentium G860 BX80623G860 Processor - Dual Core, 3MB L3 Smart Cache, 512KB L2 Cache, 3.0GHz, Socket H2 (LGA1155), 65W. I'm pretty sure my BIOS got upgraded to .016 during the process of upgrading from XP Pro to 8 Pro, so I hope I'm OK on that. I also need to add a video card with an HDMI output and am looking at the EVGA 01G-P3-1302-LR GeForce 8400 GS Video Card. I also figured I'd go ahead and max out the RAM while I'm at it. And finally, with all of these changes/additions, it seems like it might be wise to add a little beefier power supply than the 300W one that's currently in there. So, does anyone see any 'gotchas' in this plan? Feedback is appreciated... Thanks!
The G33M02 is a Socket 775 board, and an 1155 CPU will not fit. I'd suggest an E5400 or better Pentium Dual Core CPU.
As for the videocard, I'd suggest something more modern like a Sapphire 6450 or better yet, 6570. The 6570 is said to be among the ultimate HTPC cards, and it's not that expensive.
4gb of DDR2 is a good idea, but there's no need to upgrade the power supply unless it's failing or too noisy.
Thanks for the processor info - I'm not finding a lot in the way of replacements, though. Tiger Direct doesn't seem to have anything that would work (in the 775 socket), I did find a used E5400 on Amazon, and our local Micro Center has one of these in stock: Pentium 4 3.0GHz 800MHz 1MB Socket 775 Single Core. It's only about $15, so I'm hoping it might be a workable replacement. I know it's a single core, but is that going to make much difference in this application?
I found an E6700 on eBay: www.ebay.com/.../150966953115
Dual cores can make a solid difference in performance, so I'd recommend one.
I'm not sure that your mainboard supports the P4, which is a weak processor by today's standards, even though it is of the correct socket. You'll be much happier with a faster, cooler-running Wolfdale CPU like the E6700, and the board is designed to use it.
I had no idea the Wolfdale was discontinued, as there are various motherboards still produced.
The following is a list of supported processors for the Vostro 200 with a Foxconn G33M02 motherboard and BIOS version 1.0.16.
Wolfdale Dual Core E7300, 2.66, 3MB, 65W, M0
Wolfdale Dual Core E8190, 2.66G, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65Watt, C0
Wolfdale Dual Core E8200, 2.66G, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, C0
Wolfdale Dual Core E8300, 2.83G, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, C0
Wolfdale Dual Core E8400, 3.00G, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, C0
Wolfdale Dual Core E8400, 3.00G, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, E0
Wolfdale Dual Core E8500, 3.16G, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, C0
Wolfdale Dual Core E8500, 3.16G, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, E0
Wolfdale Core 2 Duo, E8600, 3.33GHz, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, E0
Conroe E1400, 2.00G, 512KB,CCO,M0
Conroe E2140, 1.60G, 1MB, 800FSB, M0
Conroe E2160, 1.80G, 1MB, 800FSB, L2
Conroe E2160, 1.80G, 1MB, 800FSB, M0
Conroe E2180, 2.00G, 1MB, 800FSB, M0
Conroe E2200, 2.20G, 1MB, 800FSB, M0
Conroe E2220, 2.40G, 1MB, PCO, M0
Conroe E4300, 1.80G, 2MB, 800FSB, L2
Conroe E4400, 2.00G, 2MB, 800FSB, L2
Conroe E4500, 2.20G, 2MB, 800FSB, M0
Conroe E4600, 2.40G, 2MB, 800FSB, M0
Conroe E4700, 2.60G, 2MB, 800FSB, G0
Conroe E6320, 1.86G, 4MB, 1066FSB, B2
Conroe E6420, 2.13G, 4MB, 1066FSB, B2
Conroe E6550, 2.33G, 4MB, 1333FSB
Conroe E6600, 2.40G, 4MB, 1066FSB, B2
Conroe E6700, 2.66G, 4MB, 1066FSB, B2
Conroe E6750, 2.66G, 4MB, 1333FSB, G0
Conroe E6850, 3.00G, 4MB, 1333FSB, G0
Conroe E7200, 2.53G, 3MB, WFD, 65W
Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5200(2.5 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 (2.80 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)
Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E7600 (3M Cache, 3.06 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)
Chris M first posted it several years ago and I've been adding to the list, whenever I found more compatible processors.
I still have the Inspiron e8400 530 MT, running Win 7, that was purchased in 2007, [that's a clone of the Vostro 200 MT] with a 24" monitor and is still a fairly viable system.
You are welcome.
I'm all for using used processors, providing the price is right, been installing them since 2001 and to date never had any issues.
All I buy to upgrade exsisting installed motherboards, are used processors, only purchase new processors for the new systems I build.
The e8400 Core 2 Duo that's installed in my Inspiron 530 was used and purchased from Amazon, to replace the default Core 2 Duo e6320, that was sold on eBay, making this a very cheap upgrade.