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Need Help Buying New CPU

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Vroom, Sep 28, 2008.

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  1. Vroom

    Vroom Thread Starter

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    I've decided to upgrade my home desktop's CPU, as I only recently discovered that a Celeron D doesn't cut it, even if the listed speed is 3.33GHz. The trouble is, I don't know what my mobo is or what chips it supports. I also don't seem to be able to locate any non-dual core processors (I don't think my mobo can use multi-core CPUs). I'm just looking for a Pentium 4 that my system can use. If you can help me out, it'd be great.

    Here's my current CPU (I couldn't find any information on what mobo I have):

    IntelĀ® CeleronĀ® D Processor 356
    (3.33GHz, 533MHz FSB, 512KB L2 cache)

    This is a eMachines desktop, but I've been adding on to it for awhile now. Let me know if you need more specs.
     
  2. BG-0

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    You could try SIW to find out which motherboard/chipset you have. That would help..
     
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    eMachines are hard to find out what processors they support. What model of eMachines do you have? Also use the SIW program to see if it will list a motherboard model, its going to be a custom board for eMachines but maybe something will come up on Google for it.
     
  4. Vroom

    Vroom Thread Starter

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    Thanks for recommending SIW, it's really useful!

    As far as my PC is concerned:

    It is an eMachines T3508

    Here's what SIW gave me when I checked the mobo:

    And here's the CPU:

     
  5. Triple6

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    OK, so its using a modified board from Intel. Here's the supported processor list from Intel: http://support.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/d101ggc/sb/CS-025906.htm but eMachines may not support all these processors, that list is just a guideline.

    IMPORTANT, do NOT update the BIOS from the Intel site or you can kill your motherboard. You should only update the BIOS from the eMachiens website to add new processor support: http://www.emachines.com/support/product_support.html?cat=Desktops&subcat=T Series&model=T3508
     
  6. JSanguancheu

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    Well, it looks like your MB came way after the CPU list was last updated since your revision number is D54032-300 and there's no mention of a Celeron 3.33.

    You can find a Pentium D 940 or 950(3.4Ghz) for around $100.

    What kind of problems are you having that brought you to want to replace the CPU?
     
  7. Vroom

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    I'm interested in upgrading because my PC has some trouble running some games, and buying a new rig just isn't an option. I know it's the processor, as a few of the games have said on install that the processor will give "Poor" performance.

    What exactly is the difference between Pentium D and Pentium 4? Is one "better" than the other, or is it more of a brand name thing?

    Also, I've never updated the BIOS before; is there anything important I should know about or should I just download the update from the eMachines site and run it?
     
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    Intel doesn't list the revision numbers for manufacturer proprietary boards. You will have to get all the information on your board from eMachines.
     
  9. Triple6

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    Pentium D's are dual core, Pentium 4's are single core.

    If a BIOS update goes wrong it can render a motherboard unusable. Read the instructions carefully on the eMachines website.
     
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