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Posted on 02/17/2014 4:51:50 PM PST by Zeneta
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.
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If it is over 4 years old, get/build a new one.
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From looking at your specs you would be better off purchasing a new computer.
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.
With new computers so cheap, why rebuild an old one?
You guys always pushing food, he's asking for computer advice.
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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.
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 You may be able to find older Pentium D processors but they are pretty slow and outdated.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.
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.
make it a big one
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...
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.
Based on the specs here ( https://www.iup.edu/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=19295 ) this should be compatible:
The tricky part is getting the heat sink off. The pins only fit one way, so don’t force it.
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.
Why do you want to do this?
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.
Earlier today, in order to get audio for a link here on FR, I installed Adobe Flash Player. Will that help me get the audio?
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Skype has a self-test mode. Try it. It might even offer suggestions. (I haven’t used it in a while but I did have a similar problem once.)
That looks like the lowest cost solution.
You will also need some of this
to ensure good contact between the processor and the heat sink. Don’t glop it on - a thin layer applied on the new CPU (just before plopping the heat sink on top of it) with your index finger is fine. Having good contact between the processor and heat sink will prevent the stops and starts that come with an overheating processor.
Why do you want to do this?
This is for a work at home job. Actually a legit one.
They ran a test on my machine and said I needed a dual-core or better.
Motherboard manufacturer, current processor name and socket type, etc.
This is an adequate free tool to report what's inside your current box, from the folks at CCleaner:
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Your board can’t be upgraded. It won’t fit the proprietary dell case. So it’s either the X2 mentioned or a whole new PC.
Replacing the CPU is no biggie. Just don’t bend the pins. And if you do use a knife to straighten them out -gently. Don’t forget to max out your RAM too.
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You mean that girl at the desk behind you?
Well if that’s what they require.... Most business tasks are not compute bound. Now if you’re doing some heavy statistics that’s another thing, but they may just have latest-greatest-itis. Since it’s for work it is probably worthwhile to get a new machine.
Here is one for 119.00 (Off-Lease)
Will you have to run some proprietary software, or just a browser or office apps?
How hard is this work at home scheme...I mean opportunity..? could I do it? I probably don’t have dual core either though.
I intially had the audio problem with Skype.
It seemed to start up with the computer audio on MUTE.
Check to make sure Skype has not defaulted your audio to MUTE.
You might need to check your audio drivers, but check the Skype audio settings first.
I did some work (temporary) back in 2011 on the same machine.
IIRC, I ran two programs, neither required a download/install.
I think they ran on a VPN.
They may have upgraded things on their end.
Holy crap! Scary photo; looks like the puter lab at school in the seventies!
Any chance you could try things out with your current setup? If it doesn’t work or perform adequately then I’d just go with a new machine just for the no-hassle factor, but that’s just me.
BTW Im dumb and didn’t finish reading your post. Disregard what I said earlier as that system is not intel
That system actually may have some life left in it since it runs AMD processors. I believe there is a bios update for it that adds support for some of the dual and quad core AMD phenom processors. If you live in the Houston area, I have one in my garage you can have.
My mediaserver has a very old Asus motherboard that received new life with a processor upgrade. It’s currently running a 6 core CPU, despite it being old. AMD socket AM2, AM2+, and AM3 motherboards are somewhat cross compatible, meaning you can stick an AM3 processor in a socket AM2 motherboard. The key is whether the motherboard manufacturer updated the bios to allow for this. I believe dell has an “enhanced” bios for the OptiPlex 740. With Dell’s its a matter of downloading the file and launching the application.
If you lived close, in the Houston area, I would gladly hand you an older AMD cpu I have sitting here collecting dust. It’s an AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ 2.6Ghz CPU. I found some on ebay for like $15
When installing and removing these, you have to be very careful not to bend the pins. As long you are gentle, it’s not a big deal.
Processor anymore is the last thing to upgrade. Want to make it fast? Put in 8BG of RAM, an SSD, and a new video card.
Buy a CPU and Motherboard combo kit and put them in your old box. You can get some good bargains if you shop around. You can buy the MB and CPU separately as well, but if you buy them as a kit you know they will work together and you’ll have all the documentation and parts.