Can this be upgraded?

Emachines El1210-09 desktop
August 2, 2010 at 13:53:53
Specs: Windows Vista
So, I was wondering if my CPU can be upgraded to a Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD X2, but I preferred it to be Intel Core 2 Duo.

My PC is a Emachines EL-1210-9 medium tower/mini tower. It has 2GB RAM and is currently a AMD LE-1620 @ 2.4GHz

I am running Vista Home Premium and the motherboard is a eMachines WMCP78M

Any help is appreciated!


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#1
August 2, 2010 at 15:21:28
From http://support.gateway.com/emachine...

"AMD® Athlon™ X2 processor (45 W max)
AMD Athlon processor
AMD Sempron™ processor"

Looks like that board has a seriously weak CPU power supply circuit, so your upgrade options are quite limited. Your machine will take up to an Athlon X2 4850e. IMHO, you should use the system as is until you can build or buy a brand new computer.

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#2
August 2, 2010 at 17:21:09
but couldnt i change the power supply to something more powerful than 45W? Then I could put in a more powerful CPU right?

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#3
August 2, 2010 at 17:38:22
The power supply is NOT the problem, the motherboard is the problem. The board only supports 45W CPUs. You could install a 1000W power supply but it wouldn't change the 45W CPU wattage limitation.

If anything, add more RAM & a PCIe video card (stay within what your power supply can handle). Consider dumping Vista in favor of Win 7.


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#4
August 2, 2010 at 17:58:23
You are basicly stuck with what you have you haver a mini tower cpu, unless you want to buy a new case alogn with a new motherboard and power supply, but be perpaird to throw at least 150 dollars down in upgrades for that.

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#5
August 2, 2010 at 18:01:10
Actually, RAM and graphics card upgrades aren't what I need. I have some Wii games I bought from EBGames and I wanted to play them on my PC via Dolphin. Don't worry, I ripped the iso from the retail DVD of Wii, so it's legal. TO emulate the games perfectly, I need a dual core processor as it makes most games of the Wii run 100% full speed. In particular the game I want to play is New Super Mario bros. for the Wii. It already runs at 35 fps, so I was hoping a dual core processor like AMD X2 would make it run 60 fps at 100% full speed with no lag. The RAM and the video card are fine for now.

EDIT PLEASE READ ==== I was looking on the AMD website and I found some triple core processors at 45W, could I put those in my motherboard?


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#6
August 2, 2010 at 18:06:25
The graphics card does a lot of the work when it comes to games. You can have a an AMD 6 core cpu, but if you are using an intergrated gpu, then it's not going to make any diff in game play.

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#7
August 2, 2010 at 18:18:52
I just need to know if this processor will work in my PC, Athlon II X2 245e @ 2.9 GHz. Just tell me if it can work in my PC or not. Thanks.

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#8
August 3, 2010 at 13:47:13
No. it will not work due to the fact that your bios won't read it because it's not micro coded to read AM3 processors.

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#9
August 3, 2010 at 20:56:06
Just buy a dual-core as already stated:

AMD® Athlon™ X2 processor (45 W max)


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#10
August 6, 2010 at 16:22:24
By the way, you can't mix AMD & Intel chips, they don't use the same socket. The last AMD processor that was designed to fit an Intel socket was the K5 which fit into the Pentium socket.

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#11
August 7, 2010 at 02:23:06
the K6 could as well, it was a socket 7

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#12
August 7, 2010 at 07:52:04
Would I have to solder anything or de-solder to install the CPU?

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#13
August 12, 2010 at 18:33:03
"I was looking on the AMD website and I found some triple core processors at 45W, could I put those in my motherboard?"

NO! You have to go with the Gateway recommendations:

"AMD® Athlon™ X2 processor (45 W max)
AMD Athlon processor
AMD Sempron™ processor"

"Would I have to solder anything or de-solder to install the CPU?"

Why is this so hard to understand?? Your motherboard only supports certain CPUs & that's all there is to it! There's nothing you can solder, no magic chip you can add, no miracle BIOS change that can be done. You have to stick to the limits of the hardware as stated at the Gateway site. If that's a problem, replace the motherboard with one that supports what you need.

"Actually, RAM and graphics card upgrades aren't what I need"

You can *probably* get by with just 2GB RAM, but if you're still using the onboard graphics, you should install a *real* video card. It doesn't have to be a $200 gaming card. There are plenty of video cards for well under $40 that will spank the sh!t out of your onboard graphics. And by using a discrete card, the memory that's used by the graphics can be returned to the system.

How about installing this $10 Geforce 8400GS? You could even enable the Hybrid SLi if you so desired.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

The CPU isn't & shouldn't be the major concern, the graphics are what's important. Here's two better video cards for $20:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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