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Inspiron 546 MT 0F896N motherboard

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As the thread title would suggest I own a Dell Inspiron 546 MT with the Dell branded 0F896N motherboard. I am looking to upgrade my processor. Currently I am running an AM2 processor (AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ 2.7 GHz). Can this motherboard support AM3? Many forums have led me to believe that it can. If so up to what voltage? I have the latest BIOS update too.

 

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Re: Inspiron 546 MT 0F896N motherboard

Hello,

As the thread title would suggest I own a Dell Inspiron 546 MT with the Dell branded 0F896N motherboard. I am looking to upgrade my processor. Currently I am running an AM2 processor (AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ 2.7 GHz). Can this motherboard support AM3? Many forums have led me to believe that it can. If so up to what voltage? I have the latest BIOS update too.

 

Thanks,  

 

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flagpole2
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Re: Inspiron 546 MT 0F896N motherboard

Could someone maybe offer a little more info on this.

 

the question is not really if the MB is AM3 compatible. it's an AM2+ motherboard. but if an AM3 cpu will run in it.

 

AM3 cpus are inherently AM2+ compatible. i've never had a problem before. so i'm surprised to read this answer. there seem to be a few people around that are running AM3 cpus on a 546.

edit:

they actually ppear to sell 546's with a phenom am3

http://outlet.us.dell.com/ARBOnlineSales/Online/InventorySearch.aspx?brandId=2202&c=us&cs=22&fid=1011&l=en&s=dfh

 

 

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Re: Inspiron 546 MT 0F896N motherboard

Do the regular Inspirons use the same MOBO as the MT?

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Re: Inspiron 546 MT 0F896N motherboard

Do the regular Inspirons use the same MOBO as the MT?

 WillKennerley

Please define 'regular Inspirons'?

There are certain Inspiron models that have different motherboards, depending on the system's configuration that was ordered, but the 546 Mini Tower is not one of them.

Bev.

 


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Re: Inspiron 546 MT 0F896N motherboard

By regular I meant the full size tower. I am aware that there was a MT version (I have) and the ST version. 

So my Dell Inspiron 546 MT can run an AM3 processor, such as one of those on the link with those system configs ^^? (Phenom II, Athlon II)

 

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Re: Inspiron 546 MT 0F896N motherboard

 WillKennerley

There are no Full Tower, or Mid Tower versions of Dell's Inspiron models, only the Mini Tower and the so-called 'Slimline' versions.

Maybe the discussion HERE can help with the processor upgrade.

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Re: Inspiron 546 MT 0F896N motherboard

Thanks for that link. It says that an Inspiron is being sold with a 'AMD Phenom II X4 945 Processor'. 

However I can not find this for sale in the UK?

Will a similar processor work you think? For example the 955 or 840?

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flagpole2
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Re: Inspiron 546 MT 0F896N motherboard

as far as i know there is only one motherboard with the 546

it is my intention to put a 940 in mine as these are 95W and a fair bit cheaper than the 945 (also 95W.)

I would be interested why the person who responded to the OP felt that this wouldn't work.

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Re: Inspiron 546 MT 0F896N motherboard

anyone have any further thoughts on this before i buy the new cpu?

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