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This is my first post here, and any help would be highly appreciated. I need to know if the upgrade I want to do is possible with my current motherboard. I currently upgrading my DELL dimension E521 and am wanting to put in an AMD 64X2 Dual Core 6000+ 3.0 GHZ processor (as I am constantly multitasking). Here is a link to it.


My current processer is an AMD Athlon 64 3500+. I ran CPU-Z to gather additional information about my current CPU and motherboard and here are the specs:

940 pin
Socket AM2


NVIDIA GeForce 6150 (nForce 410/430)

Is my current motherboard prepared to run a Core 2 processor? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Welcome to Geeks to Go.

Typically I would tell you with those specs it would be good to go. After I looked at pictures of the inside of the Dell model you have, I find that this might not be the case. These are the photos I found: http://www.dell.com/...u...g&~lt=popup.

It appears that there is something covering the CPU such as a air duct. You should check to make sure this is easily removable or has room for a standard heatsink.

Is my current motherboard prepared to run a Core 2 processor? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

No, for this you would need a LGA 775 Intel board.

Edited by Titan8990, 20 January 2008 - 01:49 PM.

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