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Looking for what kind of processor upgrade

I have a dimension 9100 with OX8582 mobo. i want to know if there are any processor upgrades i can make, and what hd will also jive with it.

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Well it seems you can go up to at least a 3.6GHZ processor. It is socket 775, so any Processor that will fit will in all likelihood work fine. As for the hard drive well I like 7200RPM 8MB Cache 3GB/sec SATA drive. or similar spec, & truthfully one brand is as good as another... But if forced to say.. well Seagate.
Also if you want a fast machine RAM as MUCH as you can put onboard and afford.
I have found a manual here for you. http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim9100/en/D86630LRs.pdf

Posted on Feb 03, 2010

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