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GarethS09
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Dell Dimension 8200 CPU Upgrade

Hello

I currently have a Dell Dimension 8200 Desktop PC with the Following processor and RAM:

 

The Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.00GHZ

RAM: 1GB PC800-45 RDRAM!

The question is can I upgrade the processor to an Intel Core 2 Duo?

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shesagordie
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Re: Dell Dimension 8200 CPU Upgrade

GarethS09

No, the dimension 8200, does not support Core 2 Duo processors or  Dual core anything.  Socket 478 single core processors only.

Bev.

 

 


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GarethS09
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Re: Dell Dimension 8200 CPU Upgrade

Hello

Thanks for your reply!

Can I upgrade the processor at all and if so to what one could I upgrade it to?

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shesagordie
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Re: Dell Dimension 8200 CPU Upgrade

GarethS09

The 8200 has either an Intel 850 or 850e chipset motherboard.

It would be an 850, if the system predates mid-May 2002.

The largest processor you can use, would be the 2.8GHz/400MHz..

For late model systems built after mid-May 2002 with 850e chipset, you would be limited to a processor with a 533 MHz FSB.

If you want to identify chipset version as either an Intel 850e or 850, try using CPU-Z.

Bev.

 


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trs5
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Re: Dell Dimension 8200 CPU Upgrade

Hi Bev

I have the i850E board for my 8250 dimension Dell desktop and I was wondering if my CPU was upgradable...

I understand its the Socket 478 slot which is only for single thread processors but how come it is limited to only 533 MHz FSB? What if you get something higher than 533?

Thanks Bev

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ejn63
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Re: Dell Dimension 8200 CPU Upgrade

The chipset in the sytem cannot run the CPU at faster than 133 on the bus (533 at the CPU). If you try a faster CPU, one of two things will happen:  IF the system boots, the CPU will run at half speed -- or, the system will simply not boot.

Be VERY careful with your choice of CPU - even with an 850e, many 8200 systems shipped with 400 MHz bus CPUs and 45 ns RDRAM.  If that's the case you cannot run a 533 MHz bus CPU without also replacing the (very expensive) RDRAM with 40 ns RAM.  While a 400 MHz bus CPU will run with either 40 or 45 ns RAM, the 533 MHz bus CPU requires the faster 40 ns RDRAM.

 

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kr1z
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Re: Dell Dimension 8200 CPU Upgrade

I don't recommend a CPU upgrade for an 8200 system with 400 MHz FSB. The system I have came with a 1.7 GHz CPU. First I tried a 2.6 GHz CPU (400 MHz FSB). The system was ok for a short time, then it started giving a POST diagnostic code that memory failed to be sized or enabled. I put the 1.7 GHz CPU back in and the problem went away. Then I tried a 2.2 GHz CPU (400 MHz FSB). The system was OK for almost a year, then problems started to occur (various POST diagnostic codes and system freezes). Putting the 1.7 GHz CPU back in didn't solve the problem. After trying a number of other things (memory, cards) that failed to eliminate the problem, installation of a new motherboard eliminated the problem. A better thing to consider trying for performance improvement (besides increasing memory to 1 GB or more) is to install a PCI SATA controller card, and switch to SATA hard drives.
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speedstep
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Re: Dell Dimension 8200 CPU Upgrade

Your System uses EXPENSIVE RDRAM.

The cost of upgrades would far exceed the $300 range.

You can get a used GX280 for $99 which is a lot newer than what you have now.

You can get a  used GX755 for $199 which is 5 generations newer than what you have now.

You can get a Brand New Insipiron 620 for $399.


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x56baseball
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Re: Dell Dimension 8200 CPU Upgrade

i have a dell dimensions 8200 and this is what i upgraded so far on it got a new video card 256mb fx5500 geforce so total memory is not 780 mb for video card also got 2gb of ram was hard to find when the system went extinct got it off of yahoo for 75 dollars for 1gb each 4 512mg ram sticks total and got 250gb hard drive for windows 7 ultimate 32bit works perfectly fine works way faster then the xp one i have on the other hard drive so i have 2 hard drives now and i had to manualy find all the drivers for windows 7 luckily i had the xp to search off of for windows 7 and the amount of porcessor speed o have is 2.4gGhz i think its pentenuim 4

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kisianik
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Re: Dell Dimension 8200 CPU Upgrade

Maybe I am missing something but I just checked Amazon for  RDRAM with 40 ns RAM and it is cheap around $40 for 1 GB www.amazon.com/.../ref=sr_rd_mob

Which is cheap by today RAM prices, is it worth it, this is another question.

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