I want to upgrade my Processor

August 15, 2012 at 10:52:45
Specs: Windows 7 Pro, 4g

These are the specs to this computer system. This computer was given to me by my father and am in the process of beefing it up a little. I'm a photographer so I run things like Photoshop, Video Editining software etc. I presently am running on a dual core processor and am trying to find out if I can increase my processor to a Quad core. First is this possible with this Dimension E521? If so would I need to change any settings in BIOS? If it is possible can anyone make a recommendation on anything.

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August 15, 2012 at 12:55:40
I believe you already have the most powerful processor that that computer will support. It's a question of the CPU socket used. Processors that fit that socket are no longer manufactured, and newer processors won't fit.

It's possible that you might be able to fit a new motherboard (although even that is doubtful with a Dell), but it would mean new RAM and probably a new PSU - it's really not worth it.

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August 15, 2012 at 16:07:30
There's probably no point in upgrading the CPU if you have a dual core (depends on which one) & if you have 4GB RAM, you're all set there too. Adding a video card & getting off the weak onboard graphics would be your best upgrade. Here's your motherboard, it's a socket AM2:


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August 15, 2012 at 22:34:03
The E521 is a BTX machine, and upgrading the motherboard is a no-no as BTX is a dead format..........

ARM Devices the future. Windows have accepted the fact!

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August 21, 2012 at 07:39:25
I recently did a fairly major overhaul of my computer, took out the old HDD and put in an SSD for windows, upgraded to Windows 7 64bit, upped to 6GB of RAM and upgraded my graphics card from a 9800GT to a HD7850. Of all those upgrades I think these three upgrades made the biggest difference and I'd recommend them to you:

1) SSD for programs and Windows
2) 64Bit version of windows
3) Graphics Card.

If you have 4GB of RAM (upgrade if you dont) the combo of moving to a 64Bit version of windows and upgrading to a dedicated graphics card will give you access to the full 4096MB of ram, not 3.2 or 3.75 the full 4GB.

I cant believe how much I under estimated SSD's, since I put Windows and my every day use programs on an SSD i simply just don't have to wait. You double click to open a program and its just there, no waiting, its just open and ready.

A basic graphics card if you dont want to game, 4GB of ram if you dont already, 64Bit windows, an SSD and a 1 or 2TB drive to store your data would be a very nice solution for that PC. Optionally you could put in a fast 500GB drive for programs, something like a WD Black. They are cheap, and probably neccesary since a 120GB SSD fills fast. Your frequently used programs and programs used by the system on the SSD and infrequently used programs on your fast HDD, bulk data on your (typically slow 5400RPM) 2TB drive. Sorted.


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