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Will this processor work in my desktop?

In my last ditch effort to run FlightSimX without throwing my computer in the trash, I'm going to upgrade the processor. I've already maxed out the RAM (1gb), bought a new video card (7600gt agp), bigger power supply (430w), and another HD (80gb).

I know my Dell P4 2.26ghz uses a 478 socket MB. I've found a CPU that I'd like to run but I'm not sure if it will work. It's an Intel P4 Prescott 3.0ghz for a 478 socket MB. To use this CPU it says my computer has to be able to enable Hyper Threading technology:

HT Technology requires a computer system with:

A processor that supports HT Technology (the new one will)
HT Technology enabled chipset (mine is on the list, so it'll work)
HT Technology enabled system BIOS (not sure?)
HT Technology enabled/optimized operating system (it will)

So my question is, how do I know if my BIOS will support HT Technology? Is there a way to check this?

CPU specs: http://processorfinder.intel.com/det...px?sspec=sl6wk

HT Technology: http://www.intel.com/products/ht/hyp...ading_more.htm

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got a model number of your mobo or tag server number?

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got a model number of your mobo or tag server number?
No, just the specs on my computer. It's your basic 5-yr old Dell desktop.

http://support.dell.com/support/edoc...cs.htm#1101572

I could look at my MB when I get home if need be.

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Here are the numbers on my MB that I can see with the case open. These probably aren't what you're looking for, but oh well.

Dell Rev.A02
AA A83421-106
DS/M 02P997-12465-261-00BG CO/MY
E210882

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it'll work but i don tknow if it will hyperthread. just keep in mind prescotts run pretty hot
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it'll work but i don tknow if it will hyperthread. just keep in mind prescotts run pretty hot
Well isn't the HT what makes this processor what it is? I've heard they run hot but I don't know of any other options for upgrading.

BTW, is there any way to show the BIOS besides restarting?

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Whats the cost of hte proc?
http://www.gearxs.com/gearxs/product...oducts_id=8064

It supports the HT and there prob is a bios update for your computer.

post the service tag on the box.

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also, what does flightsimx say, it won't run at all?

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Whats the cost of hte proc?
http://www.gearxs.com/gearxs/product...oducts_id=8064

It supports the HT and there prob is a bios update for your computer.

post the service tag on the box.
The CPU is going for ~$50 on Ebay. I thought about a new MB but there's nothing wrong with mine and knowing me I'd F something up installing it. The CPU was just the easiest option for me. If I was going to get a new MB, I want something that supported more than 1gb of RAM but still had an AGP video slot since I just bought the card.

What service tag are you referring to?

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also, what does flightsimx say, it won't run at all?
It runs fine, just not with the settings at a decent level. I thought getting the video card would fix this but apparently not. I knew before hand that my CPU was probably the weak point of my computer.

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Just depends. On dell computers, they ahve a service tag that lists what the computer comes with and warranty info off their website. if the proc is less than 60, i would get it. you can buy new mobo and cpu combos that are good for like 80$.

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Ok I have another question about this. I'm not sure what FSB speed and L2 cache mean, but I know for my computer it's 533mhz and 512kb respectively. Can I step up to an 800MHz/1gig or do I have to stay with the 533MHz/512kb? Will my computer recognise the faster one?

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yes. It should recognize the faster set. what type of memory do you have?

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yes. It should recognize the faster set. what type of memory do you have?
Type? As in DDR?

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