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TheShadow395

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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.

Thanks,
Alex
 
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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.
 

TheShadow395

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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:

Microprocessor
System Information
Expansion Bus
System Clock
Memory
Drives
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 :(
 
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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.

Kilowatt

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