Inspiron 1525 CPU upgrade

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Inspiron 1525 CPU upgrade

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I currently have an Intel Pentium Dual-Core T3200 @ 2.00 GHz.  How do I choose a processor upgrade that will be compatible?

 

Thanks in advance.

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  • This system uses a socket P CPU, 800 MHz bus max. 

     

  • OK, so anything below 800 MHz, but what is a socket P?

     

    P.S. My motherboard model is Dell 0u990c.

  • Socket P is the outgoing Core 2 CPU type.  Of these, the 800 MHz units will work.  The 1066 MHz units will not - nor will the newer Core i7 CPUs.

    Something like this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819111010

    It doesn't make sense to go to a more expensive CPU - that will just shift the bottleneck to the video chip, which is relatively weak and cannot be upgraded on this model.

     

  • ejn63

    It doesn't make sense to go to a more expensive CPU - that will just shift the bottleneck to the video chip, which is relatively weak and cannot be upgraded on this model.

    By "It doesn't make sense to go to a more expensive CPU", do you mean a more expensive one than my CURRENT one, or a more expensive one than the one SUGGESTED?

  • More than the one I suggested.  You can easily double or triple that price, but it's not worth it for the system you've got.

     

  • That's what I was thinking, but thanks for clearing that up. 

     

    One more thing: I read that the laptop's BIOS and chipset must be able to handle the new processor.  How do I find out if my current BIOS (which I just updated to the most recent version) and chipset will be able to handle it?

  • The 1525 can handle that CPU with no problem.

     

  • And so any CPU that's relatively close to that one's specs will also work, provided that it has 800 MHz, Socket P, and isn't an i7?