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    hi. i have a dell e520. i have upgraded ram and gpu. last i will be upgrading cpu.

    i currently have a pentium d 2.8ghz dual core processor.

    i am looking for the best upgrade that will fit into my motherboard.

    i have been told that the core 2 duo e8400 3.0 ghz will fit. would this be the best choice?

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    If you could fnd out what is the mobo on this dell. From what i can see on Dell ofiicial web site for your PC they recommend up to e6300 rated 1.86Ghz so I'm guessing the FSB on the mobo doesnt belongs to the high ones. Also What I've noticed is that all the companies like dell, hp, compaq are hard to upgrade because compability issues of the components . Bassically it looks like this : We've assembled the PC but if you want to get something new you'll have to get whole PC new because it aint gonna work ( at least in terms of CPU, RAM, MOBO)

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    LGA775 socket is what it is supposed to have. or what i was told.

    here is my system info. lemme know if you think that would work.

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    Threads per Core : 1 Unit(s)
    Type : Dual-Core
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    L2 On-board Cache : 2x 1MB, ECC, Synchronous, ATC, 8-way, 64 byte line size, 2 lines per sector

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    Mainboard : Dell Inc. 0WG864
    Bus(es) : X-Bus PCI PCIe IMB USB i2c/SMBus
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    event if they have the same socket but it doesn't mean is going to compatible, don't confuse between Dual core with Core 2 Duo. They are two different procs.

    If your mobo compatible, you still need to upgrade the bios.
    Can't you upgrade get new bios from Dell?

    So, you chances are very slim, IMO.

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    Well TBH my rule of thumb is if youre upgrading CPU you have to upgrade the mobo as well. My point is that it will fit into the socket but I wont give my hande on it that ne CPU wil work on full specs ( other wods - that mobo wont bottleneck it). And also RAMS are more likely to bottleneck the CPU as well...... So basically the horrible thruth is if you want to upgrade you must consider 3 things at a time that is CPU , mobo and RAMS....

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    i have already upgraded to 4gb ram.

    i guess the question now is get a new mobo and cpu or can i put a good enough cpu into the mobo that already exists?

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    Apparently the fastest CPU for a E520 is an Intel Core 2 Duo E6300

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    won't delve deep into how 45nm improves on 65nm, as I explained all of that in our QX9650 review, but I will touch on things briefly. One large benefit that comes with all die shrinks is better power efficiency and lower temperatures. Chips have the capability to run just as fast, if not faster, than their predecessors, all while running cooler and drawing less power. It's a win/win situation.
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