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Upgrade a Dell Dimension 3100

By solat
Apr 7, 2009
  1. Hi,

    I want to upgrade an old pc of mine for use as part of a home media centre. Its current specs are:

    Motherboard:
    CPU Type Celeron, 3066 MHz (5.75 x 533)
    Motherboard Name Dell Inc. Dell DV051
    Motherboard Chipset Intel Grantsdale-G i915G/GL/GV
    System Memory 502 MB
    BIOS Type Phoenix (04/04/06)

    Soundcard: Creative SB X-Fi

    I'll be running XP Pro (or maybe Vista HP if it runs smoothly) and streaming to an XBox.

    I don't want to spend too much money and I saw this kit online



    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ 2.6GHz Socket AM2 1MB, BOXED m/koeler
    MSI K9N6PGM2-V, nForce430+GeForce 6100, Socket-AM2+, m-ATX, DDR2, LAN, PCI-Ex16
    Corsair Value S. PC5300 DDR2 2048MB Kit w/two matched Value Select 1024MB

    The kit including delivery is €138 ($183 USD).

    My question is, can I fit this kit without changing my motherboard, and if not, would I be better off getting an Intel Pentium Dual-Core processor such as

    Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200 2,5GHz, (€79 E, $104 USD)

    and add the graphics card and memory separately.

    I really want to keep cost to a minimum, and make the upgrade to a dual-core as hassle free as possible.

    Any suggestions and help would be much appreciated.


    Cheers!
     
  2. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,436   +37

    Not 100% sure here, (Check your documentation...)
    but I think you will find that your MB will support either
    your Celeron D (current configuration) OR
    Pentium 4 with HyperThreading.

    Hopefully someone else will weigh in here shortly.
     
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