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May 25th, 2024 04:27

Upgrading CPU in my OptiPlex 5050

So I bought a second hand OptiPlex 5050 and it currently has a Intel i5-7600 CPU in it, I have an old Intel i5-8500T CPU that is functional. I have confirmed that the socket on the motherboard (Intel 1151) is compatible with both chips, however before I upgrade I wanted to insure that the BIOS is compatible. Using CPU-Z I have confirmed that the current BIOS is Dell Brand version 1.29.0 dated at 03/06/24. Is this BIOS compatible or do I need to upgrade or change brands? Also to note I am running a GeForce GTX 1650 for a GPU incase that changes anything.

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May 25th, 2024 04:44

The OptiPlex 5050 can support 6th and 7th gen Intel processors.  But, it does not support 8th gen Intel processors.  Therefore, your i5-8500T can not be used in the OptiPlex 5050.

https://www.dell.com/support/manuals/en-us/optiplex-5050-desktop/optiplex-5050-desktop-tower-owners-manual/processor-specifications?guid=guid-8ca53ab2-a85d-42d5-9106-5214220306aa&lang=en-us

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May 25th, 2024 22:03

chino is absolutely correct.  your i5 7600 is still ok for gaming which depends more on gpu (and psu that can support the gpu).  college work you could do even with a 3/4 th gen intel cpu or older one.

the 8500T is also a low base freq low heat load cpu meant for small pc case or AIO not for real desktop use.  ok for college but not great for gaming.

your opti can not overclock so no need to be concerned of upgrade to a -k cpu.  I would look into what gpu can support your games and what case you have.  SFF can support up to 360w or sometimes 500 w psu while MT case has almost no limit.

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May 25th, 2024 17:43

@Chino de Oro​ Well that stinks to hear. What processor would you recommend upgrading to? I plan to use this computer mostly for gaming and college work.

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May 25th, 2024 22:22

@redxps630​ Thank you for the info

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