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You can take a cheap Haswell motherboard and just pop in a core 2 Pentium and it will run about 3 ghz. I think the video card is probably so she can go with Dual Monitors, most C2D machines with onboard video didn't have that as an option. This + SSD what would make a big difference. He has 1gb ram memory and a 128mb nVidia 6600 video card. check over here

Latest: Aristotelian, Mar 22, 2017 at 4:57 AM Health and Fitness AnandTech Forums: Technology, Hardware, Software, and Deals Home Forums > Hardware and Technology > General Hardware > Toggle Width Style The old HTPC case won't have a front USB 3.0 port to go with a new Haswell board, so just buy a new case, would be my advice. If she has a full Core 2 Duo running at a higher clock speed, then her existing CPU is faster. #9 mfenn, Feb 5, 2015 JackMDS Super Moderator
Elite Member Super Is the memory on her old system DDR2, or DDR(1)? http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/desktop/f/3514/t/20000058

For $130 that is a good deal. It'll be a huge performance upgrade for no additional outlay. Maybe she just needs more RAM/an SSD. Actually, it is probably a better contender than the e6300 as it has a high clock speed but lower FSB.

or its affiliates Please enable JavaScript Our new search experience requires JavaScript to be enabled. AnandTech Forums: Technology, Hardware, Software, and Deals Home Forums > Hardware and Technology > General Hardware > 404 not found! In gaming, often times you can get away with a mediocre processor if you have a good or even high end video card. Special thanks for the discussion on SSD's from VLarry.

I would probably pick up an OCZ Arc 100 240GB for $89.99 FS @ Newegg right now while they are on sale, if I were in your shoes. The E5200 is actually a "Pentium Dual Core" (the cache-reduced version) running at 2.5 GHz. Also: be sure the Gigabyte board's bios is updated before replacing the CPU. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/328004-28-dell-upgrade boards have about a 7 year lifespan in my experience and they can go bad pretty suddenly so anything core 2 likely doesnt have much life in it.

Just to clarify for others less technical, a Haswell is socket 1150. You will have to take your current RAM out first because if you mix RAM speeds it will all default to the lower speed and you won't have your answer as BIOS flash won't be necessary....he has FSB 1066. Edit: Sale is apparently over, they're around $100 now.

Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. http://www.education-dz.com/xena/index.php?threads/dell-dimension-5100-cpu-upgrade-to-c2d-e8400.94746/ If the new user is invested in graphics, then you need some thing better than Both cards that you mentioned. Yeah, that's .. Click to expand...

Also, the OCZ Arc 100 SSDs are really getting price-competitive now too, and while they are OCZ, they are now owned by Toshiba, and have one of the best warranty policies check my blog On the low end, you cannot compete with retailers such as Dell for building your own system. Then there are the el-cheapo SSDs, the Kingston V300 (uses Async NAND, slow), the PNY Optima (also may use Async NAND), and the Silicon Power S60 (newer drives seem to be kpo6969   07-22-2007 at 09:16:25 AM Show message - 0 + Maybe someone could look at your specs and advise you: http://support.dell.com/support/ed [...] 144bk2.pdf The thing is it depends how you

Appreciate it, folks! #23 garndawg, Feb 10, 2015 vailr Diamond Member Joined: Oct 9, 1999 Messages: 5,085 Likes Received: 6 garndawg said: ↑ Thanks much for all the comments, gents. I want to upgrade the CPU from Pentium 4 3ghz to Core 2 Duo E8400, but i have read forums and people say that the BIOS is older than E8400, so If it's DDR2, then you might be able to re-use some of it, and/or combine with your 4GB of DDR2, to at least give her 6GB or possibly 8GB of DDR2. this content I replaced for about $20 the lower end Exxxx with E8400 or Q8xxx CPU and upgraded to the HD to Corsair refurbished 60 GB SSD.

She'll get a new case (ATX), SSD, and a fresh install of W8.1 (which I'll upgrade to W10 when it's out in the fall). That's not foolproof though. General Hardware May 13, 2015 Lifespan/upgradability of socket 1150 General Hardware Feb 16, 2014 Retasking hardware from dead laptop General Hardware Feb 14, 2010 Retasking old PC for parents' use General

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-228-116 #14 VirtualLarry, Feb 6, 2015 Last edited: Feb 6, 2015 piasabird Lifer Joined: Feb 6, 2002 Messages: 16,830 Likes Received: 16 I have a socket 775 computer downstairs with

and i wanted to grade the cpu but its not possible so it seems like you are going to be suck Reply to sharp910sh kona   07-22-2007 at 04:31:59 PM Show If that price tag is too high (wait a few days after the drops to see what it is), then I suggest an e6420 or e6320, preferrably the 6420 as the If they don't have a BIOS flash that says it specifically supports the core 2 I have my doubts that you will be able to upgrade to it. She'll get a new case (ATX), SSD, and a fresh install of W8.1 (which I'll upgrade to W10 when it's out in the fall).

it should? danielzzlv, Dec 16, 2016 #1 (You must log in or sign up to reply here.) Show Ignored Content Share This Page Tweet Log in with Facebook Both of these have the added advantage of Core 2 architecture combined with efficiency and a 1066 FSB. and will it be better for gaming? have a peek at these guys Get her at least an Q8300 / Q9300.