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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by TheShadow395, Jan 5, 2003.

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  1. TheShadow395

    TheShadow395 Thread Starter

    Jan 5, 2003
    I have a Dell PC, about two years old now. It wasn't top of the range then, and it certainly isn't now. The only things I've updated are the RAM (128MB->256MB) and have fitted a new HDD. I don't know very much about Hardware, and was wondering about installing a new CPU.

    Dell, however, are extremely unhelpful in this matter, and do not provide any information in the manual, and also refuse to give any more information on their support site, saying it is "like changing a car engine" and saying... well, that it's impossible.

    My Sys Specs

    PIII 500MHz
    256MB 100MHz SDRAM
    16MB Voodoo 3 3000 AGP
    13GB Matrox 5400rpm HDD
    60GB Matrox 7200rpm HDD

    Any idea what socket my MB is, or anything else helpful? 'Parently my CPU runs at 100MHz externally, in case that helps.

  2. n2gun


    Mar 3, 2000
    Without knowing what motherboard you have there is no way of telling. Do you have any documentation that tells you what it is? Maybe and it is just maybe even the model number of your computer might help.
  3. TheShadow395

    TheShadow395 Thread Starter

    Jan 5, 2003
    That's the problem - Dell just refuse to give any kind of assistance to you updating your processor, and the manual doesn't mention the motherboard name or type :(

    The model, though, is a Dell Dimension XPS T500.

    These are the categories in the tech specs section:

    System Information
    Expansion Bus
    System Clock
    Ports and Connectors

    and a few other irrelavent ones.

    A tech support/sales person I spoke to at an online computer store said to look on the MB, but I can't find a name anywhere, and I definitely don't want to dismantle my PC to try and find it - I don't know very much about HW :(
  4. kilowatt1


    Oct 27, 2001
    That system came with two versions of the Intel SE440BX board.
    The SE440BX supports only up to a PIII 450 MHZ. However the SE440BX-2 (which you apparently have) supports up to a PIII 550 MHZ. IMHO maximizing up to 550 MHZ would not be worth the expense.

    Just a thought.


    EDIT: By the way, it is a Slot 1 type processor.
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