i currently have a Dell with 1.8 pentium 4 chip, which i believe is a p4 motherboard with a 478 socket, would like to know if its possible to upgrade the pentium chip in this and if its even worth it, and whats the highest that the motherboard can handle without having to change it
basically im trying to slowly upgrade my Dell without having to buy a new one, but i guess if i cant just change the chip , then all the parts would probably equal up to a new computer
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Im sure you can upgrade to a 3.0Ghz 533FSB I dont know what core your motherboard supports. Usually Dell towers CPU Fan is ducted to the side fan to cool air in. That might be the highest upgrade you could do with your setup. From the look of things you need to find out your motherboard to see what its limits and capabilities.
If you know how (or know someone who does) build It. It ain't that hard to build a pc these days. If you don't feel comfortable building a pc then buy a built one. High vendors are now selling cheap PCs (think alienware) starting at $700, these pcs might not give you as much for your money as lets say a Dell, GW, HP, or the like but a pc from Alienware or other less known pc manufacters take much more pride in building thier pcs.(Thier not mass produced).
But of course, as most people on this site will tell you, building is the best way to go.
When you build you know whats in your box.(if you buy from dell, who knows what thier putting in your pc, they install Dell motherboards that don't allow you to change many Bios settings).