Originally Posted by kmac20
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I figured someone had to let you know:
You will basically need to change everything.
Dell cases are proprietary bull, meaning that you cannot fit a new motherboard into their case. While all motherboards are standardized sizes (ATX, microatx, mini atx, etc), dell uses a special form with unique screw holes that are specific to only dell motherboards. Furthermore, their cooling (last I checked) is also proprietary, and is impossible to put on a new motherboard. Once again you also cannot put a new cooler in a dell case.
Effectively, you will need to change the:
-power supply (dell ones suck)
A frankenbuild from dell parts NEVER ends up working out well, take it from me on that one. I believe dell psus are also proprietary, meaning they wont fit in a new case. And Dell memory in particular is not great in otherboards: its cheap rebranded value ram from strange manufacturers in some instances, and is usually low quality and slow. Considering an 8gb ram kit is like 30/40$ now a days, it would be much easier on you to replace that along with the board, as its very possible dell ram will give you headaches.
Further at this point its a waste of money
to upgrade those parts. To buy a new motherboard for that aging processor, and by extension, an old retired processor socket, is a waste of $ b/c you wont be able to drop any new hardware from the past few years into it. The next time you'd want to upgrade, you'd have to buy new motherboard, ram, AND a cpu now.
Basically: its worth it to hold out until you can do a new build, as you have to replace the CPU, motherboard, ram, case, power supply to make it truly cost effective. To drop even 100$ into "upgrades" for that computer will really see you no gains in terms of gaming performance, and will just be wasted funds that could've otherwise gone towards a new computer.
The cpu you have isn't bad
exactly, but rather limited by the board and other components. Which is unfortunate, because you could get some more use out of that thing. It just ends up being more than its worth, literally. Try and stick it out until you can do a new build, as you really will just be throwing $ at this for no benefit to you. Spending the $ just to overclock that aged processor? Like I said, even 100$ could buy you a cheap NEW motherboard, and cheap
processor. But that would be worth it times a million, because when you'd want to upgrade it it would be possible. The LGA 775 socket is dead in all but name. Meaning no new CPUs are being made for it.
It'd be like fixing an old toaster for 30$. Sure, you can
fix it, and sure it will get more life out of it. But why do that when a new fancy one with an LCD screen and digital setting costs 80$?
-(And for the unclear: just an example people!)
I went through something similar this past summer. My old socket T died. My motherboard went. But to buy an old 775 motherboard, the only one available even only took ddr3 ram, and the total cost was like 100$ at that point (its weird how OLD hardware can in some instances cost MORE than new; guess things in production drop in cost). If it had been like 50$ i would've done it, but It definitely was not worth it at that price. I held out until I could do a complete build, which ended up costing under 700$. Yes quite a bit more $, but overall the more cost effective solution.
Furthermore, yours isn't even broken so its pretty hard to justify spending anything. AT least to me.