Emachine CPU upgrade advice needed.

By craigdexter1 ยท 10 replies
Jan 2, 2007
  1. My friend has a emachine t3516 with a 3.2 ghz Celeron D cpu
    I advised him to upgrade to a P4 but now I see that The Mobo also supports a Pentium D. Is this a better cpu than a p4?

    Also his MB has 533 FSB where as the pentium D has 800. is this a compatability problem?

    He is getting into games so I have to tweak his system by Upgrading the CPU and installing a graphics & sound card.

    Any advise on this would be great.
  2. DS_Flare

    DS_Flare TS Rookie Posts: 23

    Well a Pentium D is Dual core, its a very cheap set of Dual cores, but keep in mind they dont support hyper threading. Since there Dual cores, they can handle more, like a dual 3.0Ghz, running u about 150 bucks is better than a single 3.0ghz p4... So read some more, its ez to understand, id say pentium d, but its a cheap dual, id go with a conroe if u were thinking dual. but since its not mobo compatibly, dont lol.
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    before you do anything -replace the PSU on the emachine before it takes out the rest of your system. Read the FAQs.
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Yes Tedster,
    if they replace or change anything, the first thing should be the power supply. I could imagine after all the upgrading, this Emachines may not work again
  5. TangoTrolly

    TangoTrolly TS Rookie Posts: 59


    You are limited with processor upgrades. The following web site gives you your options:

    I would say it is not worth changing the CPU.

  6. craigdexter1

    craigdexter1 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 63

    I have a Biostar u8668D MOBO in my sustem that came with a celeon D and it just wouldn't play games. Had alot of freeze ups, jrky movement, etc. So I switched to a P4 and the machine ran smooth as ice and is still a very stable machine.

    The PSU failed and that's all.

    So why wouldn't a CPU upgrade help this machine?
  7. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 475

    That board can handle up to a pentium D which would be a significant improvement. That system is obviously post-gateway since it has an intel motherboard rather than the cheesy boards emachines is so famious for. Since that system was built after gateway bought emachines the quality should be significantly better than older emachines but I still recomend a new Powersupply since OEM PSUs in general are week and low quality.

    Here are the board secs:
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Yes, I worked on an Emachines recently that had an MSI board. I could clearly see MSI's part number, and I was able to get the drivers directly from MSI's website... I was extremely happy about this
  9. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    a celeron is not a gaming CPU and it is an ultra-low budget processor.
  10. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Oh Tedster,
    It's an Emachines... What the heck is the difference which CPU as long as it works. I use a Celeron D Prescott and it performs ok
  11. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    makes a big difference.

    1. A celeron won't give you the processing power for serious games.
    2. The el cheapo hardware of an emachine won't give you the support or backing. In addition you are thowing good money after bad. You could very well toast your newer components by putting them on cheap and unstable emachines.
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