Updating prescott 80547 motherboard
I haven't tried it on my Gen 5, but figure it would yield similar results. What are the key lingos that would apply to me and that I should look out for?
Here are my 2 PCs: PC #1 = XPS/Dimension 400/9150 1 W9445 Processor,80547, PDSD,830 SKT-T, Male 1 UD278 Base, Matrix Tank Desktop PSPD,830,9150/400 1 F6405 Module, Information, No Raid, Dimension 1 H9145 Module, Card, Graphics,128 MRMGA9A PC #2 = XPS/Dimension XPS Gen 5 1 GC068 Assembly, Card, Planar, XPS-G5 1 W8403 Processor,80547, Pentium 4 Prescott Dt,640, SKT-T, Male 1 K9341 Card, Graphics,256,6800, HMGA11 NV42 The above info is copy and pasted from the dell specs using my service tag number, I deleted most of the info I think you wouldn't need to know. Look for a new PC with a Q6600 processor or higher instead. Faster (and more expensive) are the Intel I7 processors I don't really know much about Dells, but if the PCs use a standard motherboard size, then you might consider just putting in a new motherboard.
Looks like a complete new computer would be easier. Otherwise shoot for a new computer with an Intel Core i5 750 or Core i7 920 CPU. I would say Intel Core i5 750 is the most bang for the buck today. I would get the Core i5 750 because it has lower power consumption than AMD Phenom II and it performes a little bit better overall.
I will choose the better pc to be the one that I will upgrade. What are the key lingos that would apply to me and that I should look out for? Most of the newer Micro-ATX MBs/CPUs need about a 400W PS. Also newer MBs may use different connectors that your PS may not have have, such as the CPU power connector.
Lastly, though i'm no pc expert, I'm not afraid to go into my pc. One downside to newer MBs is they usually only have one IDE connector for two PATA drives.
6TB WHS server) 1GB to 4GB each 9800GT, 7600GT, ATI-9550 Canopus ADVC-100, HVR-1600, ATI 550/650, PVR-350, ... I have a Dell dimension 4300, that I considered upgrading, but I decided to build a new computer inastead. I find myself wanting to add more cards in the PCI slots ... They used to include a handful of them with the older MBs.
Philips 5992, Pioneer DV-363, JVC, Sony various LG D787, Lite-On, Ony, various Pioneer 111D, Sony BX-37 Blu-Ray LG-BH10LS30 Blu-Ray Burner Giga Byte (2), VIA, Asus 1 Mac/FCE, 2 DV/HDV PC edit stations Sony Vegas Pro 11, Platinum 10, Premiere Pro, plus others"6TB WHS server) 1GB to 4GB each 9800GT, 7600GT, ATI-9550 Canopus ADVC-100, HVR-1600, ATI 550/650, PVR-350, ... You could squeeze a little more performance out of your current motherboards with a Pentium D (dual core) CPU. Dell's website and user forum have a lot of valuable information about possible CPU upgrades, plus downloadable users manuals, in case you have misplaced yours. I would imagine when doing BD-5 or BD-9, that setting it to high quality would be extremely important. a full size ATX board will have more than 2 PCI slots. I clip off the base on some to make them the same height as the brass standoffs.