Wondering if this will work in my Dell

By farrentodd ยท 7 replies
May 2, 2012
  1. i have a dell optiplex GX-280 tower style not the one that lays on its side and i want to put a new prosseser in it was looking into this style Pentium 4 Dual Cores there is a pentium 4 at 3.0GHZ right know but just tring to get a little more out of this old pc got a 512mb video card and 4gb ram and a 500gb harddrive with a bigfoot enternet card 1gb well if u can help i appriceat it thanks a lot
  2. Chris Barry

    Chris Barry TS Rookie Posts: 20

    First you need to find out what socket the Cpu is, I think it's LGA775?.. I was just reading someone wanted to upgrade there Gx-280 CPU and read that they were stuck with it becuase there was no dual core processor available for it, but I just looked on newegg and they have a few dual core socket 775.. So im not sure, you just have to do a little homework. Hope this helps
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    There are a ton of dual core LGA 775 processors. Some quad core ones too.

    But, not all will run on the motherboard. Unfortunately I don't know what the max processor is for that board. I'm just cautioning you, so you don't go buy a quad core LGA 775 and stuff it in there expecting it to work.

    I quickly googled it and gave up because I find it frustrating to deal with OEMs. The reason is because, as in this case, they brand a computer one name like Optiplex 280, but then they have multiple hardware configurations. That is really irritating when trying to find hardware information.

    I don't know if I'll post back in this thread. But if you posted with what processor you have in there now (something like CPUID will be very helpful here) and any information about that motherboard, that would be very beneficial to anyone trying to provide you more advice.
  4. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    I agree, we need all the information from something like CPUID, but specifically, your current CPU and the motherboard's model number before we can give a reasonably educated response. It will be by no means guaranteed to work though in either case.
  5. farrentodd

    farrentodd TS Member Topic Starter

    the cpu is intel(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHZ
    code name Model 4 stepping 1
    current clockspeed is 2992 MHZ
    volt 1.7V
    external clock 800 MHZ
    serial number BFEBFBFF00000F41
    CUP IDX86 family 15 Model 4 Stepping 1
    socket designation Microprocessor
    model OC7195
    manufacturer Dell INC
    BIOS name phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A04
    SMBIOS A04

    this is all the info I can give hope it helps and thankyou all for your help
  6. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 872   +12

    The simple but harsh answer is NO! You either have an OLD socket 478 P4 or an Old socket 775, I can't be sure. A new $300.00 computer from Walmart would make it look like a calculator, but I wouldn't actually buy that computer from Walmart. :( You'll be able to find replacement CPUs on ebay or similar, but I wouldn't invest anymore cash in your old computer. I could not find specifics on your motherboard.
  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,715   +3,696

  8. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 872   +12

    Yes, I saw the other thread.
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