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Processor upgrade on my Dell Dimension 8300.

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I have a Dell Dimension 8300 running at 2.66 Ghz, and recently upgraded the Bios to A07.  I will have the max 4GB of memory installed soon, (just waiting on 2 more GB's to arrive).  Thanks to a couple of outstanding Community members here I was able to get my 8300 up and running.  What I have come to find out now though is that my 2.66 Ghz is not fast enough to run most, if not all newer applications, including games, etc.  What I was wondering is if I can get my hands on a used processor, (chip).say a 3.2 Ghz, can I remove the old one, and install it.  I realize I would have to download appropriate drivers, etc.  Unfortunately when I bought my 8300 I was under the impression that this model only came in 3.0 or 3.2 GHz so it was an unpleasant surprise, but my fault as I did not ask the seller, only researched it online beforehand.  Any advice/thoughts would be appreciated.  Bear in mind that I am stuck with this computer for a while, so getting a newer one at this point is not an option.  Perhaps in the future though.  Smile

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  • Also, please let me know which socket is compatible with my older machine.  Thank you.

  • It looks like Socket 478 Prescott.

  • While you can go up to a 3.4 GHz CPU with this CPU type, bear in mind that the processor is only part of the system performance benchmark - if everything else remains the same, don't expect more than a 5-10% overall boost.

  • AGP123

    I have a Dell Dimension 8300 running at 2.66 Ghz, and recently upgraded the Bios to A07.  I will have the max 4GB of memory installed soon, (just waiting on 2 more GB's to arrive).  Thanks to a couple of outstanding Community members here I was able to get my 8300 up and running.  What I have come to find out now though is that my 2.66 Ghz is not fast enough to run most, if not all newer applications, including games, etc.  What I was wondering is if I can get my hands on a used processor, (chip).say a 3.2 Ghz, can I remove the old one, and install it.  I realize I would have to download appropriate drivers, etc.  Unfortunately when I bought my 8300 I was under the impression that this model only came in 3.0 or 3.2 GHz so it was an unpleasant surprise, but my fault as I did not ask the seller, only researched it online beforehand.  Any advice/thoughts would be appreciated.  Bear in mind that I am stuck with this computer for a while, so getting a newer one at this point is not an option.  Perhaps in the future though.  Smile

     
     AGP123

    The early 8300 systems are limited to 2.8 GHz, but the ones built in late 2003, can take the faster processors, with a BIOS upgrade to version A07.

    A Socket 478, P4 3.4GHz processor will only work, if your 8300 was built after December 2003 and with a BIOS upgrade to version A07, if it was built prior to that, the 3.4GHz processor would clock down to 2.8GHz.

    Bev.

     
     

     

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  • Bev.  Is the date of manufacture on the bottom label of the machine, or can

    I find that out by using the system tag and going through Dell?  I only say that because the area I have the system set up will require a lot of work just to get a look at the label.

  • Go to support page and use your tag number printed on the little label attached to the case, in support page add this PC to "my list of devices" I think it called like this (you might have to create account with Dell since it different from forum), on the list of my devices you will see when your PC was first shipped, and yes the label you are talking about should have manufacture date.

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  • AGP123

    Bev.  Is the date of manufacture on the bottom label of the machine, or can

    I find that out by using the system tag and going through Dell?  I only say that because the area I have the system set up will require a lot of work just to get a look at the label.

     
     AGP123
     
    Other than using the Service Tag to locate the invoice/shipping date on Dell's website, I don't know of any other way.
     
    But, other than the above, it is almost impossible to differentiate, except to try and install the faster processor and if it doesn't work, it will simply downclock to 2.8 GHz.
     
    Bev.
     
     

     

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  • Okay, thank you.  So at this point I would have to find another newer motherboard in order to take full advantage of a higher processor?  Please let me know if that is the case, and if so what model/part number am I looking for?  Thank you.

  •  AGP123

    Unless another member has this information, you would need to contact Dell about the motherboard part numbers, but for a system as old as the 8300, it may not be worth the cost of upgrading the motherboard, it maybe better to put the money towards a new system.

    Bev.

     

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  • If you're going to spend that kind of money, you might consider putting it towards new parts like the EVGA Socket 1155 Ivy Bridge-compatible mainboard I scored from Newegg for $50 including shipping. (Yes, the price has rebounded to $140.)

    Oh wait, Bev already said that. :)

  • Oh well.  My rate of success with computers is quite low, so I will throw in the towel on this whole project before I lose my mind.  It is frustrating that so many limits are put on what can/cannot be upgraded, and unfortunately just about everytime that I find that there are restrictions, etc., it just so happen it is my computer/hardware, or I just missed a deal on something that could have solved my problem, or was compatible.  I really enjoyed working on computers, and learning more about them, but the brick walls I keep hitting seem endless, so I'm done for now.

  • There are other ways to boost performance, such as adding an SSD, that aren't so onerous.

    The 8300 is a very old machine, and that's why the upgrade options are so limited.

  • I am in some what similar situation with my XPS GEN3 - Pentium 4 Prescott 3.4GHz with HyperTreading, this is exactly 8 years old and counting. I know it is old, but it is working, so I am still using it. I got newer second PC, which I was able to upgrade. So now I have 2 PCs, if one gets into troubles, I can use another one. May be it is time for you to make 8300 as yuo secondary one and get another one?!

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