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I am upgrading a computer for the developer from whom me and my father get most of our work. He is using it strictly for business and wants a cheap effective upgrade. I know Dell used to have proprietary components in their computers including ram. I would like to know if I can just buy a 3 ghz P4 and another 512 stick of ram and just drop them in without any problems. The motherboard is a socket 478 with a 2 ghz P4 in it and 512 ram so I am thinking that upgrade would give the system a bit more power.
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post #2 of 11
need to know wat fsb etc

get this (http://www.lavalys.com/products/over...&ps=UE&lang=en) trial version software and do a basic summary. and post it, we need to know wat motherboard it is.

i have a Dimension 4400 wit the 1.8 p4, and the max i can get a upgrade is to 2.4

which was not worth it
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Alright will do. I don't know a whole lot about older Dells and had just assumed that all 4550s would have the same motherboard.
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post #4 of 11
I had a similar Dell before (Dimension 4500). Same specs too. I upgraded the 2.0 P4 (Northwood) to a 2.8 P4 I bought from newegg for $70. I also added another 512mb stick of RAM to the existing 512mb. All in all, it works fine. The upgrade wasn't exactly worth it, but it should be okay.
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post #5 of 11
u r upgrading to a 2.8 but wat is the FSB on that?
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post #6 of 11
the RAM and processors are obviously not proprietary. you can upgrade using any compatible parts. the parts on Dells that are not easy to upgrade are things like the motherboard, case, and power supply. motherboard and case need to be Dells. the power supplies are standard, but sometimes with a weird shape. i upgraded the PSU in a Dell once and had to Dremel out part of the back of the case so it would fit.
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Can anyone confirm that a 3.0 ghz P4 will work with this motherboard. That was the upgrade I was thinking of making along with another 512 stick of ram.
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Originally Posted by Malaziel View Post
Can anyone confirm that a 3.0 ghz P4 will work with this motherboard. That was the upgrade I was thinking of making along with another 512 stick of ram.
I had a Dimension 4550 back in the day. The board only supports CPU's of up to a 533mhz FSB. I don't believe it supports Prescott CPU's either...

With mine, I added another 512mb of ram, and a 9600XT....then I soon converted it into another PC with a new motherboard/case.
    
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Can anyone confirm that a 3.0 ghz P4 will work with this motherboard. That was the upgrade I was thinking of making along with another 512 stick of ram.
Check the existing RAM to see if it's DDR266 or DDR333. According to Dell's specs, you need to have DDR333 if you want to run a FSB533 processor (e.g. 3.06GHz P4).

I can personally confirm that a 3.06GHz P4 will work, but you should check to make sure the old 512MB stick is fast enough.

Dell's specs page:
http://support.dell.com/support/edoc...4550/specs.htm
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The current stick is DDR333. So it sounds like I am good to go. Thanks for the help.
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