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After much frustration and conflicting information, I'm coming to you OCN for help.

I've got an old Dell that I bought (I know, I know) back in 2005. That I'm trying to upgrade the CPU on. My main issue is that I'm not sure if the Core 2 Duo processors are supported or not, and I can't seem to find any solid information one way or the other.

Here are the facts:

It's a Dell e510, and currently has a Pentium 4 630, which is socket 775
The chipset is the p945g, and the BIOS version is A02

The latest available BIOS version is A07, and I've found information saying that one of the updates includes support for "newer processors," but the list of those processors is nowhere to be found.

A few years ago I bought an 8800gt to go in it, to keep up with the modern games of the time, and for most games, it works fine. It's a VERY secondary computer that is mostly only used by my friends that don't have strong computers to play Starcraft 2, which is very CPU bound. I'd like to get a cheap dual core to stick in it to help with this, as even on lowest settings, SC2 drops below 10fps during battles.

The Intel website says that the p945g chipset is compatible with the Core 2 Duo CPUs, but various searching on Google suggests that the actual motherboard that shipped with the Dell may not be compatible with the processor.


Even if I can't get a Core 2 Duo, I'm assuming that one of the Pentium or Celeron dual cores (I'm not very familiar with the older dual core processors) will give me substantial improvement over the Pentium 4 I've got now.


I tried to just ask a Dell employee, but apparently you have to have a current warranty (mine expired in 06) to do live chat with them, the model number I have is "no longer supported for email support" and their automated phone contact just sends me around in circles. With the number of frustrations I've had with Dell over the years trying to upgrade this thing, I'll never ever buy or recommend another computer of theirs to anyone. Ever.


If anyone has any information that could be helpful at all, I'd greatly appreciate it.

EDIT: After searching on the Dell community forums, I've found several claims that the Pentium D 945 is the fastest processor that my Dell will support. It seems to be discontinued though, as there are only a few sites online (not newegg) that sell refurbished ones, but they're less than 50 bucks. Would the performance gain be worth it?
Edited by xArchAngelZerox - 1/17/11 at 9:39pm
    
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The Pentium D will out perform the Pentium 4 because its dual core, if Starcraft 2 is optimised for dual core then it will run better. if not, then it will run the same.


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