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    Upgrading Optiplex 360
    « on: February 27, 2018, 11:56:04 AM »
    I'm upgrading my Dell Optiplex 360 to a 380 mb so I can double my ram and use a quadcore 9650.  Will any 9650 work or do they come in different sockets? 
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      Re: Upgrading Optiplex 360
      « Reply #1 on: February 27, 2018, 07:15:46 PM »

      I checked and both mothers have pcie slots the same on both boards. So the card should work.


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      Re: Upgrading Optiplex 360
      « Reply #2 on: February 28, 2018, 02:17:48 PM »
      Optiplex 380 motherboard... If it lists the 9560 on its support listing then you should be all set. It should be a standard socket 775 CPU.

       *You might need a better heatsink for the extra TDP heat that will be given off since the heatsink you started with is likely rated for 65 watts since the E7500 is a 65 watt TDP CPU and the new Core 2 Quad is a 95 watt TDP CPU.

      Its also the kind of upgrade that will point out if you have a borderline power supply, so if it starts to acts funny after the CPU upgrade like failing to boot with black screen etc then you could be looking at needing a better power supply as well. If you already have a video card in it that is drawing heavy on the power supply the extra 30 watts of power consumption could be a tipping point to a non booting system or unstable system. If you have a better than stock power supply in it you should be all set but if its a 300 watt power supply you could find yourself needing a better power supply that can power the heavier power need.