Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 24
  1. #1
    2 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    126
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Dell Processor Upgrade

    I have a Dell Dimension XPS with a Pentium 2, 450 mhz processor.

    Is it possible to upgrade the processor to something faster without also replacing the motherboard, or is it better to replace both?

    Or is it better to just get a whole new computer?

    Would the same answers pertain to a Dell Dimension XPS with a Pentium 3, 450 mhz processor?

    Thanks,

  2. #2
    Banned Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    Newport Richey, Florida, USA
    Posts
    2,149
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Dell Processor Upgrade

    1st would have to know what kind of MotherBoard you have in order to know what it's capabilities are and what it will except. It's all in the MotherBoard and Chipset. Tell us what the two Motherboards are, and we can go from there. Of course the question I always ask people who are wanting me to Upgrade or Build them a Computer is " what are you wanting it to do, and how much do you want to spend'? There are lots of options. Upgrading the Processor is going to depend on the MotherBoard. But like I said, the big question is " What do you want the upgrade to accomplish"??

  3. #3
    3 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Seattle, Washington
    Posts
    320
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Dell Processor Upgrade

    Cowboy is right (of course). I would also add that the simplest and "most bang for the buck" upgrade available is to add memory. You can go to the Dell support site https://support.dell.com/register.aspx , input your computers' serial numbers, and get some good info as to what upgrades are available for your Dell(s). If you want to just breathe a little new life into your computer, I suggest looking into maxing out the memory first. If you're looking to add new stuff like big hard drives, dvd rw's , etc, I'd suggest looking at something newer and bigger, with especially a bigger power supply to run all that cool new stuff. Like Cowboy says, it all depends on what you want to do

    kip

  4. #4
    Banned Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    Newport Richey, Florida, USA
    Posts
    2,149
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Dell Processor Upgrade

    Kips right. Memory would be the easiest and cheepest performance boost, and of course a bigger better Video Card will also help. But if your looking for more then that. Do what Kip said and see what Dell says about your MotherBoard excepting a bigger Processor. The next step up from that is to buy a bigger System Or build your own. Me I always build my Own, but thats not for everybody.

  5. #5
    Uranium Lounger
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
    Posts
    7,089
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Dell Processor Upgrade

    My <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15> on the matter...

    If I were dealing with a system of this vintage and wanted a better performing machine, I would go about it like a scavenger. That is, I'd buy a case with a decent power supply, a new motherboard/chipset (and memory if required), and then take all the existing hardware (hard drives, CD, video/sound cards) from the Dell system(s) and plug it into the new white box. I prefer this approach because I am a system builder and don't like buying pre-built machines. I find it's also cheaper to piecemeal upgrade like this than unloading for a completely new system.

    If you were looking to upgrade the processor only, you'd have to make sure that the motherboards in these machines could support whatever you wanted to move to. Chances are high that you won't find processors that will fit these motherboards; they simply don't make them anymore and the pinouts/form factors have changed. Crucial Technologies is my preferred vendor for RAM, and they have an excellent process on their website to guarantee compatible memory upgrades, should you go that route.
    -Mark

  6. #6
    2 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    126
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Dell Processor Upgrade

    The computer has 256 mb of RAM.

    I believe that the maximum is 384 mb.

  7. #7
    2 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    126
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Dell Processor Upgrade

    I have no idea of the Motherboard.

    It's whatever was standard on this particular Dell model at the time I bought it. (December 1998)

    The chipset is Intel 440BX AGPset.

    My goal was just to make the machine faster.

  8. #8
    Banned Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    Newport Richey, Florida, USA
    Posts
    2,149
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Dell Processor Upgrade

    Well you might want to go with Mark's Idea then. Get ya a new Case with Power Supply, Motherboard and CPU, some more memory, possibly a better Video card and change everything over to your new case. You can find some pretty good deals on MotherBoards and CPU's.

  9. #9
    Uranium Lounger
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
    Posts
    7,089
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Dell Processor Upgrade

    With 256MB of memory, adding more probably won't increase speed noticeably - even XP runs OK with that amount. Your real barrier appears to be the motherboard/CPU combination. Are you up for rolling your own (system)?
    -Mark

  10. #10
    Banned Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    Newport Richey, Florida, USA
    Posts
    2,149
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Dell Processor Upgrade

    256 MB Memory OK. Key word being, runs OK. If you start gaming are using DVD's and such you will want more memory if you use WinXP.

  11. #11
    Uranium Lounger
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
    Posts
    7,089
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Dell Processor Upgrade

    256 is fine for all but XP in my experience....even 2000 server runs like a demon with that amount of RAM, so long as it's not hosting a SQL DB.
    -Mark

  12. #12
    2 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    126
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Dell Processor Upgrade

    I did that once before with suprisingly good results.

    I checked a few places for prices, but it seems that when you start buying the case, motherboard, cpu, ram, and possibly a video card, you don't end up spending that much less than buying a new computer.

  13. #13
    Gold Lounger
    Join Date
    Dec 2000
    Location
    New Hampshire, USA
    Posts
    3,386
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Dell Processor Upgrade

    I'm guessing that your mobo is a varianr of the SE440BX.

    I've got a Micron PII 400 that had 128MB.
    Added 256, made quite a difference.

    System is too slow to write DVD's reliablely.

    As we speak, I'm in the process of filling the last available slot with a USB 2 card, adding 2 externadl USB drives and, violating my SCSI religion, filling the last avadilable drive bay with, an ATAPI CD-RW.

    Sometime later this year I hope to build a system.

  14. #14
    Uranium Lounger
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
    Posts
    7,089
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Dell Processor Upgrade

    Well, numbers can be deceiving - if you spend, let's say, the following:
    <UL><LI>Motherboard/CPU combo - 150 USD
    <LI>Case w/power supply - 75 USD
    <LI>Memory - 50 USD[/list]You're right about 275 USD, maybe a little more, because you can take all the other hardware from the previous machine. Video card, sound card, hard drive, CD-ROM....

    Another point to consider is if you buy a pre-built machine for 999 USD, the components are not going to be as good or powerful as you could do by buying them separately. Were I to spend the money on a system comparable to the one I use daily, it would cost me closer to 2500 USD - all told, I'm well under that if I add up the prices of the individual pieces inside of it. If you're interested in the comparison that I did, let me know and I can post it.
    -Mark

  15. #15
    Banned Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    Newport Richey, Florida, USA
    Posts
    2,149
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Dell Processor Upgrade

    That can be true, but when you pick out the MotherBoard, CPU, memory, video card and ETC, you know what you have. Alot of times when you buy prebuilt you can get stuck with a cheep MotherBoard and Chipset and so on and so forth. If you know what your doing you can end up with a much better all around system then what you would go out and buy. And yes 256 is probably fine for most OS, but thats just me. I'm the kind of guy that will stick a 350 engine on a Lawn mower if I can get it to fit. <img src=/S/bouncenburn.gif border=0 alt=bouncenburn width=31 height=31>

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •