If this holds true,http://www.ehow.com/facts_7577204_specifications-dell-model-dhm-computer.html
,the Dell computer is a Dimension 8250.
If that holds true, then NO. The motherboard chipset does NOT support using a dual core processor, much less a quad-core.http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim8250/specs.htm
The motherboard chipset used for the technology of your Dell motherboard, utilizes a Northbridge chip, and a Southbridge chip.
Let's regress for a moment;
Chip and Chipset are slang terms for I.C.
If you would take the motherboard out of the computer case, and stand it up in the same direction/position it was in the case, on a table; the motherboard can be viewed as a Map.
The Processor is due North, the Ram Memory slots are due East, the white long PCI slots are due South; and the I/O ports are due West.
The Northbridge chip is always close to the CPU. (Processor)
This is one reason it is named the Northbridge chip.
The Southbridge chip lays down near the white long PCI slots.
Yes. Due South.
The Northbridge chip handles the Faster capabilities of a computer.
Processor, Ram Memory, and HIGH-speed graphics.
Therefore when you want to upgrade the Processor, not only take a look at what processor socket is used on the motherboard; but also see what the Northbridge chip is.
[There is more ]
HIGH-speed graphics being AGP, and PCI Express,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AGPhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCI_Express
a) Using a graphics card inserted into a white long PCI expansion slot, is NOT high-speed graphics.
b) Using Integrated Graphics is NOT high-speed graphics.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Motherboard_diagram.svg
The Southbridge chip handles the Slower capabilities of a computer.
1) Anything connected to the IDE bus. (IDE is also referred to as PATA)
2) Anything connected to the SATA bus.
3) Anything connected to the USB bus.
4) Anything connected to the Ethernet bus.
5) Audio (Sound)
An example of general location using this example,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ASRock_K7VT4A_Pro_Mainboard_Labeled_English.svg
The motherboard example is clocked 90 degrees to the Left, plus a few more degrees (22?); than how it actually is positioned in a computer case.
As you can see with this example, the Northbridge chip has an aluminum finned Heatsink on it. They run hot, and need to be cooled.
The Southbridge chip in this example does not use a Heatsink.
Most newer motherboards do.
The motherboard chipset used on the Dimension 8250 motherboard, is an Intel 850E.
One of the first Intel chipsets to start supporting Intel Pentium 4 processors.
Age, my man. This baby is O-L-D.
Dual core processors weren't even heard of then. They hadn't come out.
Much less quad-core processors.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_intel_chipsets#Pentium_4_chipsets
Fourth listing down in the Chipset column. 850E
Northbridge is Intel 82850E
Southbridge is Intel ICH2. Part number is Intel 82801BA
Just spotted this.
Should mean you are running an Intel Celeron, or Intel Pentium 4, that use a Socket 423.
That ram memory technology has been left way behind.
Rambus DRAM. (Dynamic Random Access Memory)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RDRAM
Plus the price of Ram Memory is out-freaking-rageous!
For the price of 1GB of RDRAM, you could buy 4GB of Sdram
DDR, DDR2, or DDR3.http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim8250/specs.htm
Advise get rid of that motherboard.
Processor? Nope. Can't reuse. Why? It's a Socket 423 Intel processor. They use RDRAM ram memory.
Intel made a deal back in the day, that they would manufacturer Intel processors utilizing a Socket 423, and RAMBUS ram memory,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socket_423http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_Pentium_4_microprocessors#Willamette_.28180.C2.A0nm.29