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Dell Dimension 8200 CPU Upgrade

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Hello

I currently have a Dell Dimension 8200 Desktop PC with the Following processor and RAM:

 

The Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.00GHZ

RAM: 1GB PC800-45 RDRAM!

The question is can I upgrade the processor to an Intel Core 2 Duo?

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  • GarethS09

    No, the dimension 8200, does not support Core 2 Duo processors or  Dual core anything.  Socket 478 single core processors only.

    Bev.

     

     

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  • Hello

    Thanks for your reply!

    Can I upgrade the processor at all and if so to what one could I upgrade it to?

  • GarethS09

    The 8200 has either an Intel 850 or 850e chipset motherboard.

    It would be an 850, if the system predates mid-May 2002.

    The largest processor you can use, would be the 2.8GHz/400MHz..

    For late model systems built after mid-May 2002 with 850e chipset, you would be limited to a processor with a 533 MHz FSB.

    If you want to identify chipset version as either an Intel 850e or 850, try using CPU-Z.

    Bev.

     

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  • Hi Bev

    I have the i850E board for my 8250 dimension Dell desktop and I was wondering if my CPU was upgradable...

    I understand its the Socket 478 slot which is only for single thread processors but how come it is limited to only 533 MHz FSB? What if you get something higher than 533?

    Thanks Bev

  • The chipset in the sytem cannot run the CPU at faster than 133 on the bus (533 at the CPU). If you try a faster CPU, one of two things will happen:  IF the system boots, the CPU will run at half speed -- or, the system will simply not boot.

    Be VERY careful with your choice of CPU - even with an 850e, many 8200 systems shipped with 400 MHz bus CPUs and 45 ns RDRAM.  If that's the case you cannot run a 533 MHz bus CPU without also replacing the (very expensive) RDRAM with 40 ns RAM.  While a 400 MHz bus CPU will run with either 40 or 45 ns RAM, the 533 MHz bus CPU requires the faster 40 ns RDRAM.

     

  • I don't recommend a CPU upgrade for an 8200 system with 400 MHz FSB. The system I have came with a 1.7 GHz CPU. First I tried a 2.6 GHz CPU (400 MHz FSB). The system was ok for a short time, then it started giving a POST diagnostic code that memory failed to be sized or enabled. I put the 1.7 GHz CPU back in and the problem went away. Then I tried a 2.2 GHz CPU (400 MHz FSB). The system was OK for almost a year, then problems started to occur (various POST diagnostic codes and system freezes). Putting the 1.7 GHz CPU back in didn't solve the problem. After trying a number of other things (memory, cards) that failed to eliminate the problem, installation of a new motherboard eliminated the problem. A better thing to consider trying for performance improvement (besides increasing memory to 1 GB or more) is to install a PCI SATA controller card, and switch to SATA hard drives.
  • Your System uses EXPENSIVE RDRAM.

    The cost of upgrades would far exceed the $300 range.

    You can get a used GX280 for $99 which is a lot newer than what you have now.

    You can get a  used GX755 for $199 which is 5 generations newer than what you have now.

    You can get a Brand New Insipiron 620 for $399.

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  • Maybe I am missing something but I just checked Amazon for  RDRAM with 40 ns RAM and it is cheap around $40 for 1 GB www.amazon.com/.../ref=sr_rd_mob

    Which is cheap by today RAM prices, is it worth it, this is another question.

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  • $40 for 1gb is expensive -- I can get 8gb of DDR3 for that.

  • @rdunnill: since you can not stick 8 GB into this PC, only 1 GB or so - 40 USD will upgrade RAM, same as RAM upgrade for current PCs, which is not expensive. Also, it will provide increase in BUS speed and allow CPU upgrade, if this is what OP desires currently - it will help.

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  • My point was that upgrading these old machines can be expensive, and that the funds may be put to better use by investing in a newer machine.

    $40 upgrades an old machine by 1gb, and a new machine by 8gb.