Upgrading Dimension 2400 CPU

Dell / DIMENSION 2400
May 31, 2009 at 16:11:37
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.392 GHz / 766 MB
I haven 't done much in the way of upgrading besides adding a stick of RAM or putting in a bigger hard drive or power supply so I don't know much about this. I have a Dell Dimension 2400 with a Celeron Processor running at 2.4 GHZ. I have recently been given an eMachine W2888 that had nothing but a motherboard and a processor in it. It has a Celeron Processor running at 2.8 GHZ. My initial plan was to move all my hardware out of the Dell and into the eMachine but I did my homework and research and saw that the eMachine is not a reliable brand, especially this brand. After closer inspections I realized that some of the capacitors are bulging and two are leaking, so I am not going to go with my initial plan.

I want to know two things:
1) Is the Processor in the eMachine going to work in the Dell if I switch them out, and
2) Is this processor safe to put into my computer? Will leakage on capacitors cause any difference or problem on the CPU?

Thanks!

~William
My Site: http://willtech.co.cc/


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#1
May 31, 2009 at 16:18:51
You probably won't notice much difference, if at all, but you should be able to install the 2.8GHz Celeron in the Dell. Caps have nothing to do with it.

http://support.dell.com/support/edo...

http://www.emachines.com/support/pr...


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#2
May 31, 2009 at 16:39:36
Okay, thanks! I found both of those sites but skimmed. Then I looked again and saw it. Is there anything I should take into mind or any extra steps that I should take while switching processors?

~William
My Site: http://willtech.co.cc/


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#3
May 31, 2009 at 16:47:47
Also, what makes you say that I won't see a difference? I am just wondering if it would even be worth it after what you said.

~William
My Site: http://willtech.co.cc/


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#4
May 31, 2009 at 16:50:16
Yes, read and understand any specifications and instructions you are led to; a "...but skimmed" approach can put you in the fast lane to a dead machine.

Do you know how to remove and install a heatsink/fan? Proper removal and application of thermal interface material? Able to check temps in BIOS before and after the swap?

Skip


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#5
May 31, 2009 at 16:59:54
I usually check temps using SpeedFan. Will that work? I don't know how to apply thermal paste, but have heard that you should when doing this sort of thing. Since it came out of an already used computer, would it even need a coating of thermal paste? Yes, I can remove a heatsink/fan. In fact, I already took out the one in the eMachine but put it back, just to see if I could...

~William
My Site: http://willtech.co.cc/


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#6
May 31, 2009 at 17:59:27
Yes, you have to reapply a new coating of thermal paste when switching processors. You also need to thoroughly clean the surface of the old processor first. Like jam said, I don't think swapping them out will make much difference. A ram upgrade would show more improvement. I think the maximum ram for that model is 2 gigs. My wife has the same machine and all I've done so far is to upgrade the ram. It doesn't pay to put a lot of money in that age machine. Good Luck.

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#7
June 1, 2009 at 06:53:48
I know the computer is ancient, but it's pretty much all I've got, so...

I have one more question, but I am still wondering if it would be worth it to swap out the processors or call up my local computer shop and see if they do cap repair/replacement on the other mobo since the Dell one already has three of the periphrials physically destroyed (That's why I have it in the first place).

The question is, would I need to upgrade my RAM to do this? I have 333 MHZ RAM in it right now.

While typing this, I think that I won't do this, but I am curious as to what answers would be. Thanks for all of your help!

~William
My Site: http://willtech.co.cc/


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#8
June 1, 2009 at 10:55:15
Unless you can do it yourself, paying someone to replace the caps would probably cost more than getting a new (non-eMachines) motherboard.

Like I said in an earlier response, you probably won't notice much of a difference going from 2.4GHz to 2.8GHz but it certainly won't hurt, provided you do it correctly. Yes, you have to apply thermal compound & you MUST do it correctly. Here's the instructions:

http://www.arcticsilver.com/pdf/app...

You can get a tube of thermal compound (aka heatsink grease) at Radio Shack for about $3:

http://www.radioshack.com/product/i...

As for the RAM, I just checked Crucial.com...as grasshopper said, the max amount of RAM is 2GB (1GB per slot), either PC2700 (DDR333) or PC3200 (DDR400).

http://www.crucial.com/store/listpa...


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#9
June 1, 2009 at 15:48:31
"...since the Dell one already has three of the periphrials physically destroyed"

What do you mean by that? What's not working on the Dell? I was under the impresion it was a working machine and you just wanted to improve it a bit.

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#10
June 4, 2009 at 14:36:40
Oh, sorry. The reason I have the Dell computer in the first place is because a friend of a friend was moving and they didn't unscrew the cables first. They just yanked on them. The video chipset and the parallel port are pretty much just setting in there, not working. I over exaggerated, only two are...

I figured that it would cost less to just buy a new motherboard than to get the caps replaced (according to my local computer shop), but I can't find one anywhere that isn't on eBay that has IDE, DDR SDRAM, pretty much one that will work with my existing hardware. I think that I might as well go ahead and do this project for two reasons. One, to give me something to do (I am on summer break) and two, it couldn't hurt.

Thanks for all of your help! I'll work on it soon and get back to you on the results!

~William
My Site: http://willtech.co.cc/


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#11
June 4, 2009 at 14:42:14
What you describe as the damage to the board is severe but it isn't damaged caps. Caps is short for capacitors. That is what all thought you meant. Either way, don't spend any money repairing the motherboard. Buying a new one is also a waste of cash IMO.

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#12
June 4, 2009 at 16:20:47
The caps on the eMachines motherboard are bulging and leaking. The Dell caps are fine.

~William
My Site: http://willtech.co.cc/


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#13
June 4, 2009 at 16:21:43
I got the Dell computer because the peripherals listed above are damaged. The eMachine motherboard was given to me because they upgraded.

~William
My Site: http://willtech.co.cc/


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#14
June 4, 2009 at 18:45:17
"The video chipset and the parallel port are pretty much just setting in there, not working. I over exaggerated, only two are..."
have you hooked up a monitor to confirm you are getting a video output?

larry


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#15
June 5, 2009 at 07:11:07
Yes I have hooked up a monitor. Nothing. I mean PHYSICALLY destroyed. The plugs (don't know what to call them) are pulled out. I can't get them to either be pushed back to their original positions or come out all the way. There is a little bit of give though, and they can jiggle around in there, which makes me suspect that some of the connections aren't working. I got the Dell because the people moved, yanked on the cords, hooked it back up and it wouldn't work, called a technician (my friend), said it was toast, they bought a new one, I put a video card in the old one and it works now.

~William
My Site: http://willtech.co.cc/


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#16
June 5, 2009 at 07:29:10
If you keep jiggling them around you may fry something else on the board.

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#17
June 5, 2009 at 07:46:16
didnt read through all of this, but I saw "Dell Dimension 2400" and "upgrade" in the same sentence. Dig up $500 bucks and get a new pc.

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#18
July 9, 2009 at 15:06:03
@Lotts Arisin:
Okay, if you give me $500 then I will get one! xP. I am only a student in High School and don't have the kind of money to get a new computer, otherwise I would because this one gives me a lot of issues.

@Everyone
Okay, I did go ahead and swap the processors. It went off without a hitch, and I AM noticing better performance in my computer. It is not much better than before but I do notice the difference. Thanks everyone for your help!

~William
My Site: http://willtech.co.cc/


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#19
July 9, 2009 at 16:51:02
Wm...a "big" increase in Mhz often results in a small "seems to be better" performance increase. Glad you got it working and can actually "see" that it's working better.

I remember moving from a Duron1300 to a XP 2400+ a few years ago. The performance increase was tremendous in a few applications, but what I actually saw was "just a little better" in everyday use.

Skip


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#20
July 13, 2009 at 08:36:00
Yeah, now that I have been using my computer for a bit, just a 400 Mhz increase doesn't seem to do much except that Halo plays better (better FPS) and all teh Office applications load faster, but that is something at least!

~William
My Site: http://willtech.co.cc/


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