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Dell Dimension E310 Processor Upgrade

By bullet937 · 10 replies
Jun 11, 2008
  1. Okay, I have a Dell Dimension E310 that I have been wanting to get CPU upgrade for.
    I currently have the CPU that came with the machine, “an Intel Pentium 4HT 521@ 2.8GHz with 1MB, L2 Cache, and 800MHz FSB, using Socket LGA 775.”
    I have done some searching on for a small Core 2 Duo CPU that will fit this computer. I made sure to find ones that should be compatible “Socket: LGA775 and 800MHz FSB”
    These are the 3 I am looking at.

    Does anyone know if these processors will work with the machine I have?

  2. larryiam

    larryiam TS Rookie Posts: 476

    Well they look like they will. Like you said make sure to keep your fsb to 800MHz.
  3. bullet937

    bullet937 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Will E4600 not work?
  4. larryiam

    larryiam TS Rookie Posts: 476

    All of the processors you posted will work with your system.
  5. larryiam

    larryiam TS Rookie Posts: 476

    the intel core 2 duo e4700 is the max you can go on 800MHz fsb. Hope that helps. I looked up your mobo and that is the top processor for you. Happy upgrading!
  6. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    The E310 supports only Pentium 4 CPUs upto the Pentium 4 640 3.2GHz CPU, as detailed here. You cannot use any Core 2 Duo or Pentium Dual-Core chip in it.
  7. larryiam

    larryiam TS Rookie Posts: 476

    So the E310 and 3100 are the same? Could you explain why he can't get a dual core processor
  8. mica3speedy

    mica3speedy TS Rookie Posts: 89

    to be more specific, can you look up what chipset you have for your e310? You have to have 965 or newer in order to be able to support a core 2. you can look it up using siw:
  9. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Yes, the E310 is the same as the Dimension 3100. It has a Intel 915GV chipset motherboard, which means it cannot support any CPUs newer than the Prescott-based Pentium 4 640.
  10. larryiam

    larryiam TS Rookie Posts: 476

    SOOO SORRY. Still learning will try better next time just delete my other posts. ddon't want to give false info! :dead: :blush:
  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,759   +2,431

    It's What's Up Front That Counts......

    For clarities sake, most (all?) Intel's 915G chipsets are 32 bit boards. Even the later Celerons & P4 (Cedar Mill Cores) are EMT64 enabled, which means the board and BIOS must be 64 bit to acommodate them.

    The E4700 Allendale was mentioned. This chip will not run with the BIOSes of the lower number Allendales, (or so they say). So, for many boards that are shipping now, it's probably not true plug and play. The E6X50 C2D series are probably a better choice, in spite of a slightly higher price than the Allendales. Since you have to change the board anyway, it's not hard find or much more expensive to go for one with a 1333FSB speed.
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