Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: CPU upgrade on old computer

15 Dec 2019   #1
townsbg

Windows 7 pro 64-bit sp 1
 
 
CPU upgrade on old computer

I am looking to upgrade the processor on my secondary computer, really a server, to test running a virtual machine on Linux. It is a Presario SR5350F with a pentium e2160 processor that doesn't have virtualization. Strangely enough unlike what the specs say it isn't a core 2 duo processor; can anyone explain that? I'm going to have to upgrade and I'm thinking of a core 2 duo, quad core, or extreme because they do have virtualization (according to intel's spec pages). I'm concerned though that the PSU isn't powerful enough. According to the specs it is a 250 watts. Any thoughts on that? If necessary can I even find a new PSU compatible? This whole project has already been a nightmare just figuring out that I have a CPU compatibility issue. Thankfully I don't have to worry about any such issues when I switch to linux on my primary computer. Basically it's come down to wasting the money I've already spent if I don't pony upmore for a "new" processor. At least I'll get a performance boost. Also I'm looking to get the new one from eBay because amazon is too high. Any thoughts on that? It's been a long time since I've bought anything from eBay and I've never brought a processor from them.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
15 Dec 2019   #2
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

Hello, townsbg

Quote:
Strangely enough unlike what the specs say it isn't a core 2 duo processor; can anyone explain that?
- The E2160 is a dual core processor but it is not a core 2 duo. This means it does not get the newer implementation of the prediction pipeline.
Quote:
I'm going to have to upgrade and I'm thinking of a core 2 duo, quad core, or extreme because they do have virtualization
- Check the BIOS supports the newer processors, not all LGA775 BIOSes could support the newer processors, even if the LGA socket is the same.
Quote:
I'm concerned though that the PSU isn't powerful enough. According to the specs it is a 250 watts. Any thoughts on that?
- The current CPU drew 65W. You can find Core Duos with the same power rating. The core duo will be faster because of the optimised pipeline.
- if you do buy a new power supply, check the width of the ATX connector is the same. Could be 4-pin or 8-pin needed. They have changed the ATX standard over time. A better power supply would have a 4 pin + 4 pin design ATX plug, which fits any motherboard.
Quote:
Also I'm looking to get the new one from eBay because amazon is too high. Any thoughts on that?
It pays to shop around. The last time I looked, eBay were selling bundles of core 2 duos for cheaper than the cost of one core 2 duo.

If you install a new processor, you may end up having to clean install windows. This is because the windows licence does not support motherboard or CPU changes - counts as a new computer.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Dec 2019   #3
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

according tio the specs you linked, it supports
Core 2 Duo E4x00 with Dual Core technology (Conroe) up to E4400

Apparently it is about 15% faster.

They are pennies second hand. 25 pence at cex ( approx 30 cents US)

Not many around now, though.

E4400 £0.25
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

15 Dec 2019   #4
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

I just looked up E4400,
and it does not appear to support Virtualisation.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Dec 2019   #5
townsbg

Windows 7 pro 64-bit sp 1
 
 

Maybe the tech sheet is out of date. How do I find out for sure?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Dec 2019   #6
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

Visit ark.intel.com for the most reliable information.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Dec 2019   #7
townsbg

Windows 7 pro 64-bit sp 1
 
 

I know about that page. I'm wondering if the processor listed on the tech specs is the highest I can put or if it's the most recent when they posted it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
16 Dec 2019   #8
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You could try E8400 or even e8500 - very cheap now. Can't guarantee it will work, but they can be had for pennies so not much of a risk.

No risk at all if you use cex - take it back if not suitable.

CeX (UK): e8500
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Dec 2019   #9
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

Quote:
I know about that page. I'm wondering if the processor listed on the tech specs is the highest I can put or if it's the most recent when they posted it.
I see. According to the HP tech specs, this is the highest processor listed. I can't say I know HP that well, but should their spec be superseded, then that could be documented in the Support > Software and Drivers section. Try Support > Software and Drivers > BIOS.

I do know some LGA775 motherboards were spec'ed to run Core 2 Duo processors, and then that spec was superseded via a BIOS upgrade to allow the motherboard to run a Quad Core processor.

If your motherboard received a similar treatment, I'd look under Support > Software and Drivers > BIOS. Locate an Update BIOS file; look under Description and there is Fix and Enhancements. You can expand Fix and Enhancements to read the full details of that Update.

Otherwise, check the Previous Versions Tab, for similar BIOS updates; if such a file exists.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Dec 2019   #10
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
You could try E8400 or even e8500 - very cheap now. Can't guarantee it will work, but they can be had for pennies so not much of a risk.

No risk at all if you use cex - take it back if not suitable.

CeX (UK): e8500
We cannot, at the moment, see any evidence that this mobo will support a virtualisation CPU.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 CPU upgrade on old computer




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
What Would You Upgrade If You Had My Computer
Computer Experts.. see my pc specs what would you upgrade if that was your pc? im already getting a GTX 770 Gigabyte 2GB OC graphics card but what would you upgrade? just wanna see what would pc experts upgrade you know i dont know alot about these kind of stuff i mean i know computers in software...
PC Custom Builds and Overclocking
Computer Upgrade
My motherboard died and now I have decided to upgrade my tower,please advise me if there is anything that won't work. I will be using it for Multi tasking and general internet and program use. I will not be gaming. NEW PARTS CPU; i7-4770 Link MOTHERBOARD; Asus Sabertooth Z87 Link...
PC Custom Builds and Overclocking
Upgrade, Clean install from old computer to new computer!
So I purchased an HP latop right when Windows 7 was coming out and the HP laptop had Windows Vista when I bought it but I was sent a free upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate by HP during the time when they were selling laptops with Vista and sending free upgrades. So what I want to know since the fan...
Installation & Setup
Looking to upgrade my computer
I'm using the Gateway DX 4710 (Gateway Support - DX4710 Gateway DX4710 Desktop Series) as my main computer. I want to be able to play most modern games on it, but I'm not sure if it's worth upgrading this computer I got in 2008. My system specs are (Let me know if I missed anything): Intel...
PC Custom Builds and Overclocking
Computer Upgrade
I'm going to upgrade my processor,ram and motherboard ,will I need to reformat my existing hard drive or can the drivers etc. be installed on the existing drive?I have a backup made but I suppose that would be no good once the new drivers etc are installed.Would it be easier installing a new...
Backup and Restore


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:42.
Twitter Facebook