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CPU upgrade on a Dell Inspiron 8100

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Pat Cassidy (Unregistered Guest)
Posted on Monday, June 23, 2003 - 11:55 am:   

Hi there,

I have a Dell Inspiron 8100 1.4Mhz. P4.
System Chipset
Model : Dell Computer Corp 82850 (850) CPU to I/O Controller (MCH)
Bus(es) : AGP PCI USB FireWire/1394 SMBus/i2c
Front Side Bus Speed : 4x 100MHz (400MHz data rate)
Max FSB Speed / Max Memory Speed : 4x 100MHz / 2x 400MHz
In Order Queue Depth : 8 req(s)
Memory is "Rambus" type.

I would like to upgrade the CPU but noone here in Ireland can help me and Dell simply say "we don't support CPU upgrades". Great, I don't want them to do it they would charge 4 or 5 times the price anyone else would!!!

I know the maximum power of the CPU supported is governed by the motherboard "bus speed" or something similar but I cannot discover what my motherboard's limits are.
Can anyone help me please?

Kindest regards,
Patrick Cassidy
E.S. (Unregistered Guest)
Posted on Monday, June 23, 2003 - 5:22 pm:   

Hello Patrick,
If you have a socket 428 board which most i850 boards were the highest stock CPU you can install in that DELL is an Intel 1.7 GHZ if you can find one. It will be a Willamette core with 256K cache. There are adaptors from Powerleap that will convert your socket 428 to socket 478
so you might be able to install a 2.4 GHZ Northwood core at 400 MHZ FSB if your Dell supports it.
(Unregistered Guest)
Posted on Tuesday, June 24, 2003 - 5:10 am:   

Dear E.S.

Many tnxs for your prompt reply and your suggestions.
If only companies like Dell could try to be as helpful as people like you are.

Kindest regards,

Pat Cassidy.

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