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Upgrade the processor of my Dell Dimension 3100

I'm thinking of upgrading the processor of my Dell Dimension 3100. The current CPU is Intel Pentium 4 640, socket type is LGA 775. The mainboard is model 0JC474 from Dell.  

I'm planning to upgrade to the Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 model (full spec is here http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116419).

My question is: Will this CPU work with my motherboard?

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shesagordie
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Re: Upgrade the processor of my Dell Dimension 3100

superkinhluan

No, the Dimension 3100/E310 motherboard, does not support either Dual Core or Core 2 Duo processors.

A Socket LGA 775 Prescott P4 3.4gb, 800fsb is the maximum size processor, supported by the e310.     

Bev.
                        

 

 


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EJIII
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Re: Upgrade the processor of my Dell Dimension 3100

How about a P4 651 Cedar Mill 3.4 Ghz?  The 800Mhz FSB should match up.

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Re: Upgrade the processor of my Dell Dimension 3100

EJIII

Cedar Mill processors are not supported by the Dimension 3100/e310,

Prescott and Celeron-D processors are.

These are the highest supported processors:-

Prescott P4 650, 3.40Ghz 
Prescott P4 551, 3.40Ghz
Prescott P4 551, 3.40Ghz

Prior to installing the processor, check that BIOS Version A04, is installed, when support for new CPU's was added.    

Bev.            

 


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Re: Upgrade the processor of my Dell Dimension 3100

Thanks, just wishful thinking, I guess.  I'm trying to find something to run a little cooler.  Do you think an aftermarket cpu cooler help, or even fit.  I'm beginning to think another motherboard might be beetter yet.

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Re: Upgrade the processor of my Dell Dimension 3100

EJIII

No, the Dimension 3100/e310 has a Dell proprietary heatsink assembly and a BTX motherboard,  basically all you can do, is keep the heatsink's cooling fins, front panel air intakes and inside of the case, clean of any dust buildup.

Also, the 3100 chassis is, as noted, BTX and there are no retail BTX motherboards available that would fit into the 3100.

Bev.

 


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Re: Upgrade the processor of my Dell Dimension 3100

Thanks for the insight.  I'guess I'll turn my attention to my XPS410.  At least it's starting with a core2-Duo.  I'll check to see if someones alaready asked about that one.  I think that if it'll run a wolfdale processor, that I can upgrade the power supply, O.S. and video card to end up with something a little more current.

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EJIII

The maximum Core 2 Duo processor, supported by the dimension XPS 410 is either the E6700, or XE X6800 and maximum Core 2 Quad supported is a Q6700. 

You can find more info,HERE

Prior to installing the processor, you need to upgrade the BIOS to the latest version, 2.5.3, because with version 2.5.1, new CPU Support was added.

Bev.

 


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Re: Upgrade the processor of my Dell Dimension 3100

Thanks, Bev.  I found your post of that list from last April on a 410 thread.  I'll have to build up my fundage a little after Christmas here, but it now looks like I can tune up my 'puter to last me a few more years!  We've got 5 desktops and three laptops in the house from Dell.  Some are sure easier to upgrade than others, aren't they!  My next project will be to upgrade an old Inspiron 530 (Celeron)for HTPC duty.

Josh

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shesagordie
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Re: Upgrade the processor of my Dell Dimension 3100

EJIII

Josh.

Every upgrade is different and often present their own challenges. 

I upgraded my Inspiron 530 MT with a Core 2 Duo, E8400, 3.0GHz, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, without any issues last year.

Bev.

 

 


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