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Thread: Dell Dimension XPS motherboard upgrade

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    Dell Dimension XPS motherboard upgrade

    A few weeks ago, I was given a Dell computer, 19 monitor & speakers & subwoofer; its a Dell Dimension XPS, Service Tag: 8CBMZ21.

    I like the case design, so I would like to upgrade this computer. The CPU is 3.00 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4.

    Looking to upgrade to the Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz. My question is will the Intel Core 2 run on the Dell Motherboard? The Chipset is the Intel i875PE.

    Or do you think I am wasting my time with this computer?
    Also, running Windows 7. I have the Windows 7 family pack (3 licenses)

    Thanks for your help.

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    I would upgrade the mobo , cpu, power supply and ram. P-4s are antiques now.

    Although it should work as it is just fine.
    Last edited by Train; 02-25-2010 at 10:43 AM.

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    Administrator Steve R Jones's Avatar
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    Dallas, Tx
    Food for thought: Sell the Dell for 50 to 125 bucks and build the computer you want...

    Theres no real sense in taking apart a working machine and putting the old but good parts in a box...

    If you got an OS cd with the machine - it won't work on a non Dell mobo...And odds are - a non Dell mobo won't fit in the Dell case.

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    Senior Member scourge's Avatar
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    Prairieville, LA
    Why is not good enough as is? You want the upgrade to accomplish what exactly? Are you editing / ripping HD content or just surfin the web or wanting to play games?

    Jones is right. I know you like the case, but older Dell's had some proprietary elements that made them unfriendly to new parts and to my knowledge there's no way it will run a Core2 chip.

    If you want to play games then your first step should be some newer, faster RAM and a decent graphics card. Hopefully that computer is PCI-E not AGP based. And take a stab at overclocking it. With decent cooling, those P4's weren't bad.

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