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Old 10-20-2008, 06:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm, Unfortunately, the owner of a Dell Dimension E521. I have added several upgrades to this dell over the years(ram,Gpu etc.) and have made it more "gamer friendly". The one thing that still bugs me is the processor, it uses a AM2 940 Socket Mobo(or so says CPUZ). I was wondering if it is possible to upgrade this dell with a new 940 socket Processor. The current processor is a AMD athlon 64 3200+. Please help me, please
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Old 10-20-2008, 06:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think adding a new CPU means you have to flash the bios, which can be locked on premade machines. But someone more qualified to answer should post here. I thought I would just throw out my two cents.
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It depends, can you post up the make an model of your mobo so we can do a little googling an see what kind of support it offers.

rkagin yes most OEM bios's are locked but not for flashing, the are locked to prevent overclocking a BIOS flash can corret a number of issues, add new harware support, add more features to a motherboards BIOS.
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CPUZ says that the Mobo Model is: OUW457
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E521 spec sheet - click here

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AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 dual-core processor
AMD Athlon 64 processor
AMD Sempron™ processor
The only BIOS update for the E521 is for "enhanced compatibility for USB devices".
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Well with that processor list, you should be able to upgrade to something like this:

Newegg.com - AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ Windsor 3.2GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 125W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Although its pretty old tech now, its still a good proc, and will help with newer games that support multicore cpus.
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Is it a better idea to buy a new mobo and cpu?

I'm in a similar situation
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Upgrading anything is possible, logical or practical to do so is the question.

My theory is aside from adding ram i wouldnt upgrade a store bought PC. The parts are more then the machine as a whole, plus the machines are so cheap these days. So if you can hold out for a few months save up for a few more "upgrades" and just buy a new dell/hp whatever.
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Upgrading anything is possible, logical or practical to do so is the question.

My theory is aside from adding ram i wouldnt upgrade a store bought PC. The parts are more then the machine as a whole, plus the machines are so cheap these days. So if you can hold out for a few months save up for a few more "upgrades" and just buy a new dell/hp whatever.
horrific if you hold out with $500+ bucks you should build your own provided you don't need the monitor + peripherals
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So does this mean I can upgrade my dell processor?
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