I have an Intel 1.8ghz Core 2 Duo processor that I want to replace with a processor that has more horsepower. Is there a website that will scan my computer and tell me which processors are compatible with my existing motherboard? My computer is a Dell e520 Dimension.
Download and run. CPU->Package is probably LGA 775 if you have a Core 2. Check the info under mainboard too. There will probably be some Dell motherboard name. The motherboard model and the chipset info will be helpful.
You won't be able to get a Core i7 (Nehalem) with your current motherboard, but you can probably stick a Core 2 Quad in there and it should work fine and give you a nice performance boost.
If you post some of the specs on here I'll take a look.
It looks like some people have successfully done an upgrade to Q6600/Q6700 based on the dell community (link 1/link 2), but the official processor list for that system seems to be this:
Intel® CoreTM 2 Duo processors: E6300
Intel® CoreTM 2 Duo processor 4300
Intel® Pentium® D 930 with Dual-Core Technology (3GHz, 800FSB)
Intel® Pentium® D 915 with Dual-Core Technology (2.80GHz, 800FSB)
Intel® Pentium® D 820 with Dual-Core Technology (2.66GHz, 533FSB)
Intel® Pentium® 4
Intel Celeron 346
Intel® G965 Express Chipset
If you do upgrade, it'd probably help to use a good thermal compound like arctic silver along with a decent heatsink.
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