There are two machines in my household:
- A Dell Dimension 9200 running Ubuntu 10.10, with 4GB (4x1GB) of RAM and a Intel Core 2 E6600 CPU.
- A Dell Dimension 5150 running Windows XP, with 1GB (2x256MB, two free slots) of RAM and what I think is a Pentium D 820.
(I think it is fairly obvious that machine #1 has the most 'power'.)
Due to the uses of these two machines I would like to effectively swap their power, or compromise somewhere in the middle of the two (perhaps 2GB of RAM each).
Due to the operating systems, programs and data on the two machines, simply swapping them, and starting from scratch (e.g. reinstalling, transferring data) from each is out of the question. What are my options to beef up the power of machine #2? I am not sure what compatibility issues I could encounter?
I eagerly await the advice of the Super User...
Update: the Dimension 5150 apparently has either a 945G or 945GZ chipset (according to Intel's utility) and according to the Dell website the Dimension 5150 has a PCI-E slot, from which I conclude machine #2 has a 945G chipset that could support the E6600 CPU.