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I have a dell dimension 4600i. I want to upgrade

I have a dell dimension 4600i. The motherboard is the N2828 model.I want to upgrade the CPU to something better but I don't know if this motherboard supports 800mhz fsb.

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The Dell N2828 motherboard is supposed to have the Intel 865PE motherboard chipset on it.

http://www.ascendtech.us/itemdesc.asp?ic=MB4DEL2Y832&eq=&Tp

Looking at the - List of Intel Chipsets - on Wikipedia, we can see that the maximum FSB supported is 800MHz,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_chipsets#Pentium_4_Chipsets

[Scroll down with your eyes to 865PE, then read across ]
Dell Support lists that the Dell Dimension 4600 series, can have either the Intel 845G motherboard chipset, or the Intel 845PE motherboard chipset.

As seen in the chart the Intel 865G motherboard chipset, also supports up to an 800MegaHertz Front Side Bus.

The processor socket is a Socket 478.

I see that Weirdstuff.com, (Surplus warehouse) has Pentium 4's available with an 800MHz FSB.

Looks like the best they have is a Pentium 4 at 2.60GHz, 512MB cache, 800MHz FSB for $18.95 (US. They're located in California)

Not advertising for them, just sharing,

http://www.weirdstuff.com/cgi-bin/category/CPU000

Scroll way down the list to the heading - Socket 423/478 (Pentium 4/Celeron), then go towards the last of the list.

[To expound:
The motherboard chipset is the Northbridge/Southbridge chipset.

Chip and Chipset are slang terms for I.C., or Integrated Circuit.

This motherboard diagram, may help explain how the motherboard chipset comes into play,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Motherboard_diagram.svg

You can also look up the terms listed, by typing them into the Wikipedia search box, then clicking on Search.

You may be interested in looking up;

1) Northbridge (computing)
2) Southbridge (computing)
3) Front Side Bus
4) Internal Bus
5) Super I/O
6) Comparison of Nvidia Chipsets
7) Comparison of AMD chipsets
8) SDRAM
9) PCI Local Bus
10) PCI Express
11) GPU
12) Comparison of AMD graphics processing units
13) Comparison of Nvidia graphics processing units
14) Intel GMA ]

Anything listed in blue, is a link to more information about it. Just left-click on it.

As you can see in the chart, the Northbridge chip handles the high speed processes of a computer.
Such as the Processor, Ram Memory, and high speed graphics.

AGP and PCI Express being high speed graphics. Any graphics card inserted into a PCI slot is Not high speed graphics.

The Southbridge chip handles the slower processes of a computer.
Anything to do with PCI, or Integrated Graphics, being two of the slower processes.

Therefore if you know what Northbridge chip you have on the motherboard, and what processor socket, you are pretty well on your way to know what processors your motherboard supports.

The Northbridge chip is under that 'meat cleaver' looking heatsink next to the processor socket.

If the heatsink were removed, and any thermal paste also removed, you would see - Intel 82865PE stamped on it.

Not a good idea to remove the heatsink, without having fresh thermal paste to replace the old thermal paste with, PLUS the top of the Northbridge chip, And the bottom of the heatsink needs to be THOROUGHLY cleaned Before applying new, fresh thermal paste.

The Southbridge chip has Intel ICH5, or ICH5R on it.

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It should.. Here is a link to documentation.

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim4600/en/4600/sm/specs.htm

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