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I have a Dell Poweredge R200 server which has an ancient Xeon 3065 processor. I see in the servers specs that it can accommodate Xeon 3200 series, but not sure if I buy a bare-boned Xeon 3220 processor (without heatsink etc.) , will it fit easily on motherboard? If not, what exactly should I buy to upgrade my processor? Thanks

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It will physically fit yes, they're both LGA775 chips but the 3220 has a TDP of nearly twice that of the 3065, you may have heat management issues that would affect the life of your server.

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I see the point about TDP. What about X3320? I just bought a new X3320. I have no idea if it comes with a heatsink or not. Do you reckon it will fit on the server? and will have heat issues? – alfish Apr 28 '11 at 5:54
well the 3320 is only 95w so should be better than the 3220, how about an L3360? same TDP as your current chip, same socket - if your BIOS supports it then you should be just fine. – Chopper3 Apr 28 '11 at 7:54

You wan a Dell #311-8328 CPU Upgrade kit. Doesn't void the warranty and comes with a properly sized heat sink (might be the same, might not).

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So do you think buying a Dell upgrade kit the only safe way to do the upgrade? If not, what consideration should I have when I buy a CPU from elsewhere? thanks – alfish Apr 28 '11 at 6:00
I don't deal with "custom modified" servers much, as the warranty and support SLAs are typically well outside a normal business's requirements. Any X3220 processor should work; it would be the heatsink and any other parts that are included in the kit that you'd be missing (along with the warranty and support of course). – Chris S Apr 28 '11 at 12:30

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