Can I upgrade my Pentium 4 to anything else?

July 29, 2010 at 05:56:03
Specs: Windows Server 2003
Hey everyone. I just purchased a used IBM ThinkCentre S51 model 8173 off lease which I'm using as a Linux Asterisk box. The processor it comes with it says is:

Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 540 3.2GHz with HT Technology, 800MHz FSB, 1MB cache

The mainboard I can't really tell since it's an IBM system so pretty sure it's made by them. Just trying to see if the processor can be upgraded at all but having a hard time. I have a newer ThinkCentre that just died on me that has a Pentium D 3.06 in it, trying to see if first off I can use that one in this system, or if I can upgrade this system to anything other than just another Pentium 4. Thanks!


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#2
July 29, 2010 at 08:38:23
Sorry I should clarify. I know it shows that there but I'm wondering if it can support higher? Like I assume this document was made when the system came out, so Pentium D probably wasn't even around for example, so the guide there wouldn't show it. So was more wondering if it's possible to go to say Pentium D or Core Duo for example....

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#3
July 29, 2010 at 10:37:17
Nope. It has a 915G chipset, which only supports single-core P4s. The fastest CPU you can put in that box is the 3.8GHz P4 570

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#4
July 29, 2010 at 10:41:55
Nope. It has a 915G chipset, which only supports single-core P4s. The fastest CPU you can put in that box is the 3.8GHz P4 570

The 915 chipset supports dual core Pentium 4 CPU's (Pentium D), but being that the computer is an IBM, I seriously doubt they updated the BIOS to include support for it.

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#5
July 29, 2010 at 10:53:40
"The 915 chipset supports dual core Pentium 4 CPU's (Pentium D), "

It doesn't. Dual-core support started with the 945/955 chipsets.

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#6
July 29, 2010 at 11:34:52
Great thanks everyone! Would the 570 be that much faster than the 540? On eBay they're around $57Cad, not sure if it's worth it. I'll see how it runs with the 540 but if the 570 is going to be much faster then I may consider it....

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#7
July 29, 2010 at 11:51:49
It doesn't. Dual-core support started with the 945/955 chipsets.

Woops, you are correct.

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#8
July 29, 2010 at 16:34:39
"On eBay they're around $57Cad, not sure if it's worth it"

It's not.


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#9
July 30, 2010 at 08:46:56
No, you should just get an Intel G31 motherboard which are dirt cheap that can support all the way up to a Core 2 Quad Q9xxx series.

MSI G31TM-P21 LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

$47.99

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produc...


Optional...

Intel Pentium E5300 Wolfdale 2.6GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80571E5300

$64.99

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produc...


With both the motherboard and cpu it would cost 113 dollars, which is cheap and would give you a nice performance boost over what you have now.

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#10
July 30, 2010 at 09:54:28
But as he has a proprietary IBM he would need a new case and psu adding $100+

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#11
July 30, 2010 at 17:43:29
Ok so add another 31.50 to it which will bring it to $144, which is still dirt cheap.

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#12
August 6, 2010 at 16:28:57
My recommendation, stay with the Pentium 4 for now. Max out the ram at 2 Gb, you will be able to run Vista or even 7. I am using a Pentium 4 531, 3.0 GHz, HT, 64-bit. I have one Gb. of ram and Vista ran nicely on it. (Ran because it was an illegal copy).

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#13
February 4, 2011 at 22:10:35
ibm motherboard 914\ supports only p4 till 3.8 ghz, even if you update the bios :(
but the performance rocks..
im using Pentium R 3.8 ghz, its actually an ES- engineering sample processor!
it runs awesome, also unlocked..
so if u find such processor you are lucky!

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#14
February 19, 2011 at 17:24:35
My computer has a pentium 4 2.4ghz, a 512, i think....The motherboard is a MSI 533, and i was wondering if it could also only handle a 3.8, or if it could go higher because it isnt an IBM. Thanks!

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