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**Vanity** Computer Help
Me | 02/17/2014 | Me

Posted on 02/17/2014 4:51:50 PM PST by Zeneta

OK.

I'm trying to figure out if I can upgrade my Dell optiplex 740, to a "Dual-core" processor.

I read on Dell's "community boards" that it might be possible. I'd like to know for sure and what it would take.

What processor, make model etc..?

Is it a function of just popping out the old chip and installing the new one ?

I'm trying to keep the cost as low as possible, so I'm willing to purchase a used machine to get the right processor if that makes sense.

Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.

System Information ------------------ Time of this report: 2/11/2014, 09:27:03 Machine name: ******** Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_qfe.130704-0421) Language: English (Regional Setting: English) System Manufacturer: Dell Inc. System Model: OptiPlex 740 Enhanced BIOS: )Phoenix - Award WorkstationBIOS v6.00PG Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) Processor 1640B, MMX, 3DNow, ~2.7GHz Memory: 3326MB RAM Page File: 964MB used, 4245MB available Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904) DX Setup Parameters: Not found DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.5512 32bit Unicode


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1 posted on 02/17/2014 4:51:50 PM PST by Zeneta
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To: Zeneta

If it is over 4 years old, get/build a new one.


2 posted on 02/17/2014 4:53:24 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Zeneta

Buy a mac


3 posted on 02/17/2014 4:54:31 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom… I was refereeing to Obama)
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To: Zeneta

From looking at your specs you would be better off purchasing a new computer.

Just sayin.


4 posted on 02/17/2014 4:55:38 PM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: Zeneta

You might be able to do a search on your motherboard and see which processors work with it. Manufacturers used to put lots of information out about such things.


5 posted on 02/17/2014 4:55:39 PM PST by mountainlion
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To: Zeneta

With new computers so cheap, why rebuild an old one?


6 posted on 02/17/2014 4:56:14 PM PST by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: al baby
Buy a mac

You guys always pushing food, he's asking for computer advice.

7 posted on 02/17/2014 4:57:44 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: al baby; Zeneta
"Buy a mac"

Especially if you are planning on spending time in Starbucks sipping el-grandee zucchini lattes while typing up some pajama boy fan-fiction. But be aware you'll have to buy a pre-stressed leather messenger satchel to go with it, unless you want to look like a total tool.

;)

8 posted on 02/17/2014 4:58:57 PM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Pope Calvin the 1st, defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades)
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To: Zeneta; a fool in paradise

In before buy a Lienooks!


9 posted on 02/17/2014 4:59:18 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: Zeneta

As a start you would have to research to see what AMD chips are compatible to your motherboard. If it is too old.you may have a hard time finding new chips and would possibly have to try to find a used one online. Ebay is a good place to buy used processors. I have bought and sold a few that way.


10 posted on 02/17/2014 4:59:47 PM PST by gop4lyf (Are we no longer in that awkward time? Or is it still too early?)
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To: Zeneta

Don’t waste your time. You may be able to find older Pentium D processors but they are pretty slow and outdated. Anything older than an optiplex 755 is junk heap material.

If you are set on trying an upgrade, look for Pentium D dual core CPU. You can search google for a list of compatible cpu’s. That system, even though it has the right socket, it won’t accept the core 2 line of Intel cpu’s which are still pretty decent. I’ve run in to this issue you are having and I found a free optiplex 755 that was destined for recycling and took it off their hands for free.


11 posted on 02/17/2014 5:00:12 PM PST by drunknsage
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To: Revolting cat!

iPuter, please.


12 posted on 02/17/2014 5:01:55 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: al baby

Yeah, he’s trying to upgrade what he has to save money and you invite him to spend twice what a new PC would cost.


13 posted on 02/17/2014 5:01:59 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: al baby; Zeneta
Buy a mac

make it a big one

14 posted on 02/17/2014 5:02:39 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: Zeneta

Here’s a DELL OptiPlex 755 SFF Desktop PC, B Grade, Scratch & Dent Core 2 Duo 2.3GHz 2GB 80GB HDD Capacity Windows 7 Professional from Newegg for $159.00 with free shipping...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883155523


15 posted on 02/17/2014 5:02:57 PM PST by babygene ( .)
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To: Zeneta

Buy a bare bones tower with chip from Tiger Direct or NewEgg and put your current hard drive in it. I will be almost as cheap, twice as fast and more reliable with a new MB and Power Supply.


16 posted on 02/17/2014 5:03:16 PM PST by Woodman
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To: Zeneta

Based on the specs here ( https://www.iup.edu/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=19295 ) this should be compatible:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/AMD-Athlon-64-X2-4800-2-5GHz-1M-Socket-AM2-Processor-ADO4800IAA5DD-/131109346807?pt=CPUs&hash=item1e86b9ddf7

The tricky part is getting the heat sink off. The pins only fit one way, so don’t force it.


17 posted on 02/17/2014 5:03:35 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Zeneta

You might be able to buy a new motherboard which would support a new processor.

Either way it will be hard to find something which will fit the dell.


18 posted on 02/17/2014 5:03:57 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Zeneta

Why do you want to do this?


19 posted on 02/17/2014 5:04:00 PM PST by Ray76 (How modern liberals think: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaE98w1KZ-c)
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To: Zeneta

Do a search on your processor.

With the state of the market the Manufactures are giving great deals. I bought a $450.00 Dell laptop for $299.99 on black Friday . I would suggest you look to replace your old machine.


20 posted on 02/17/2014 5:04:01 PM PST by UB355 (Slower traffic keep rigsupreme Splasht)
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