upgrade cpu emachines t5212

January 9, 2012 at 16:27:51
Specs: Windows XP home, 2 gigs ddr2 400
I have inherited an EMachines t5212 with the Intel Pentium D processor, 2 gigs of RAM and Windows XP home. I've ordered a $20 480 watt power supply from CPUtopia and a $20 Radeon 5450 video card from Tigerdirect. Any way to upgrade the CPU or motherboard in this aging beast?

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January 9, 2012 at 19:01:47
Your system info & a link to your motherboard can be found here:


Looks like the Pentium D is as good as it gets. You could probably get a better one, but I doubt it would be worthwhile. The board supports up to 800MHz FSB but only up to DDR2-533 RAM, so if you were to upgrade the CPU, the RAM might bottleneck the system somewhat. If you're going to replace the board & CPU, you may as just build a new system from scratch & keep the eMachines as a backup.

"I've ordered a $20 480 watt power supply from CPUtopia"

Let me guess - Bestec? eMachines are notorious for using poor quality PSUs. If you were to do a search in the Hardware forum, you'd find numerous reports of eMachine PSUs burning out, almost always Bestec units. eMachines cases accept standard PSUs so you could have bought a replacement from just about anywhere. For example, here's a high quality Corsair 430W unit for just $25 after rebate:


"and a $20 Radeon 5450"

I'm guessing the choice was based on price. It's not much of a gaming card.

If you still want to upgrade the CPU, you're going to have to find out which ones are officially supported. Here's a couple of places for cheap Pentium D's:



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January 9, 2012 at 19:20:22
As riider says, save your money for a new build, you will be happier with the end result for much longer.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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January 9, 2012 at 23:22:31
Concur, the machine is not cost-effective to update, sell it and get a Windows 7 PC...


Even with a 3.2Ghz CPU and 2GB Memory, it is borderline for Windows 7 usage..

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March 21, 2012 at 03:21:35
Thanks for the help. The t5212 is curently slogging along with the above additions. I have some software that requires XP or earlier so I'll keep this running but I will start over when I need to upgrade.

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