Will "Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 / 2.5 GHz processor" fit in my Emachines t3512?

By johnny6187 ยท 9 replies
Dec 26, 2010
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  1. Hi I was wondering if this Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 / 2.5 GHz processor would fit into my emachines t3512. Recently I upgraded it's intel celeron D processor to a intel pentium 4 processor. So I was looking at what would fit with that LGA socket and Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 seems to fit that socket. Here is a link of the processor. My desktop board is D101GGC

  2. T0a5t3d

    T0a5t3d TS Rookie

  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,002   +2,532

    You need to replace the "big 3", (board, CPU, & memory), to get anywhere with an effective "upgrade". Beyond the cost of the CPU you've mentioned, the board and memory could be had for a hundred bucks or so. I'm thinking a G41 chipset board (micro ATX size), would be ideal. That way, you don't need to buy a graphics card to get the system up and running at the beginning.

    You could also consider a Core i3-5xx CPU, & H55 board. The prices are coming down, so "this year's model", so to speak, is right in the same price ballpark.

    Depending on which parts you replace, and at which time, reinstalling the OS from your restore discs is not guaranteed. In different models of Emachine, you gfet different results. My T-5026 won't even boot from a regulation Windows disc, while other members have said you can reinstall Windows from the OEM discs , in the event of the board being changed. That's a crap shoot.

    Your memory is DDR. DDR3 is now the spec, with entirely different socket an voltage requirements. Plus, it's at least 3 times as fast as the DDR400 you have now. (Average speed designation is DDR3-1333 to DDR3-1600).

    As long as you choose a "Micro ATX" form factor board, you can use the case of the Emachines, at least temporarily. Keep in mind that the ventilation is poor in these cases. So, if you're looking to do high end gaming, then the case would have to go too.
  4. johnny6187

    johnny6187 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Dont really wanna get new ram sticks. I'll just hit up Pentium D since its dual core. It should work up to my expectations.
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,002   +2,532

    Oh well, "happy motoring" as the old Exxon commercial used to say.

    Although I do feel compelled to add, that virtually nobody thought that the Pentium D line performed up to their expectations. Just be careful with heat issues, keep the heat sink fan and inside the case clean. As I said earlier, a stock Emachine case doesn't have good ventilation, and Pent Ds are notoriously hot running.
  6. johnny6187

    johnny6187 TS Rookie Topic Starter

  7. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    Why? Because as mentioned above, that motherboard is pretty screwed for anything worthwhile.

    Probably not btw, not a whole lot better than what you already have.
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,002   +2,532

    You're confusing a "Pentium D" with a "Pentium Dual Core". Your machine might accept a "Pentium D" which are the old 8xx (Smithfield) and 9xx number CPUS.

    After that were the C2D issues (E6xxx "Conroe" and E4xxx "Allendale")

    Now, the Pentium Dual Core that you have picked out, is a "this years model" 45nm part. It won't work but in the very latest revision of Intel chipset boards, such as "G31, G41, P45.

    You board's BIOS cannot be updated to use that CPU, nor is it even likely that the hardware would be compatible.

    Again, I advise against using the old Pentium D models, even if you can find them available.
  9. johnny6187

    johnny6187 TS Rookie Topic Starter

  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,002   +2,532

    Yes, it would work with an Intel 101, provisionally. You have to reference the BIOS version in your board, AND the board revision itself, with this CPU compatibility chart at intel.com; http://www.intel.com/support/mother...25906.htm?wapkw=(Intel+Desktop+Board+D101GGC)

    The Pentium D CPUs aren't world beaters, but still represent a step up from the Celeron.

    Again, I need to caution you with respect to heat. Pent Ds run quite hot, and as I said before, the Emachine case is not well ventilated.

    In fairness, the Pent is probably worth $37.50, as long as they don't hammer you on the shipping.

    I gotta ask though, "WTF is a "Refurbished" CPU....? :confused:

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