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By zee3b ยท 5 replies
Jul 3, 2007
  1. Hey guys!
    I have Dell E510 2.8 processor with HT enabled, but im into games likef.e.a.r and quake wars... and i need a dual processor along with the motherboard... can you guys suggest me which one shall i get...
    im looking for a AMD x2 any above 5000+ would do.....
    My memory is at 533MHZ
    i have a ati x1950 pci x16

    i basically want a combo with which my hard drive.... dvd rom... would fit into....and yes guys.. will i need a new copy of windows xp? or will my dell one word.. with it...

    Thanks for your time guys
    Detailed specs about my pc are here
  2. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    Instead of getting an Athlon 64, which requires you to also get a new motherboard, get a Core 2 Duo. They are faster than A64s and they will work in your current motherboard. However, before you upgrade the CPU, you should upgrade the RAM. That is why your computer is running slowly. 512MB RAM is barely enough for basic office work with Windows XP. You need to upgrade to at least 1GB, preferably 2GB. This will make your system run considerably faster.
  3. zee3b

    zee3b TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 36

    hey sorryu forgot to add
    i have 1.5 gig of ram... one 1 gig stick and 512
    And i think my motherboard only support HT processors... and not dual core:(
    i dont mind buying a AMD x2 sisnce one of my frined use it too and he gets no lags.
    But i dont have much knowledge about computers so need help:(
  4. zee3b

    zee3b TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 36

    Still waiting:blackeye:
  5. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 476

    You probably right, you Dell motherboard will not support anything newer than a Prescott.

    ASUS M2N-E

    You should get a matching set of RAM for dual-channel. If you can, get a one gig stick to match the other one you have and not use that 512mb. Or get this Crucial DDR2-800.

    You are going to need a new case and if you still are using the original power supply you had better upgrade that too.

    All good stuff there, but a Core 2 Duo would be better. I think M$ may give you problems using a Dell Xp key but if you have a real Xp CD you could install and see. You will likely have to call and tell them what you did to get it activated.

    I just noticed your Dell has a 945G chipset and it should work with a Pentium D (it may need a BIOS update). That would be a easy upgrade. A 940 would speed it up a bit (nowhere near a 5600+.)
  6. zee3b

    zee3b TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 36

    Thanks dude i appreciated...
    I was wondering would it fit in my current Dell E510 case or would i need a new one... i have 550 psu and its ATX but some where in the dell forums it said its btx... im all lost...
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