Hey,I have a Dell Inspiron 530. I know it can be upgraded a lot, but not as much as say, a custom built PC.
Currently I have:
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.33GHz 1333FSB E6550
RAM: 4 x 1GB DDR2-667MHz
GPU: Nvidia 8600GT
PSU: The Power supply that came with it, so I am assuming 300W or 350W
I am currently looking for MAXIMUM upgrades as of November 5th, 2009.
Upgrades like 4 x 2GB DDR2-800MHz RAM (for 8GB RAM), Bigger PSU 650W+ etc etc. Just looking for input.
Price does not matter, not looking to OverClock.
Alright, YOU CAN UPGRADE EVERYTHING EXCEPT THE MOTHERBOARD.
I have a 4850, 430w PSU, 1 more stick of ram, and looking for a cpu cooler to shut the loud fans.
RAM: I would get 4 x 1GB so that it uses dual channel. four of these. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145153&cm_re=1gb_ddr2-_-20-145-153-_-Product (I have no idea why you need 8gb of ram. 4 is enough already)
CPU cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150082&Tpk=masscool%208wa741 (the one im gonna buy really soon)
(maybe a cpu? q8200?: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115055&cm_re=q8200-_-19-115-055-_-Product )
I need to remind you that you need to either get longer SATA cables, or put the HDD over the GFX card so that the cable will reach. 2nd, you need to remove the stock cooler to get the PSU in and out. and if you want to upgarade the mobo then you need a case that suppots a mATX board.
Hi, You cannot get 8GB of ram into an 530, only 4x1GB will only work(max 4GB).
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You can go as high as a Core 2 Duo E8500 in a Inspiron 530. Quads are not supported in your version of the 530.
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yes the are. many I530s were shipped with quads, and E8600 is higher.
and the P35/G31/G33 DOES support 45nm cpus.
It all depends on what motherboard your system has. If it has a G33M03, Dell part number 0FM586, then yes it will support a quad. If it's a G33M02, Dell part number 0RY007, then no it doesn't support quads. The difference between the motherboards is the number of voltage regulators. As for the E8600, in theory it should work on a G33M02, just not tested by Dell.
I just talked to a Dell tech. Actually it was the second time that i did to verify the first one. I have a g33mo2 REV01 and REV01A foxconn board and they said that they have been updated on the processors in that they can handle the YORKFIELD Q9550 processor. And that if you have a quad core you can use and show 8gigs ram. I have the chat log in my file In my email from both tech reps. And also came across a site that stated that this is from the bios update in 2/09 that the original bios wouldnt allow it. The guy although dell said maximum 4gigs went and bought two 2gig sticks and removed his 1 gig sticks 1x2 so that he would have 6gigs installed. And bios + windows showed he was using it all. Here is the link http://www.edbott.com/weblog/?p=1922 There is alot of confusion about the inspiron 530 mainly due to dell's end. But it can handle quad cores and with the c2q 8 gigs of ram.
The CPU I disagree with, but feel free to try and let us know how it goes. The memory I can explain. If you have model 530a or 530c then you can upgrade to 8 GB of memory. See HERE. If you have model 530b or 530d then only 4 GB of memory. See HERE. The model can be determined by what motherboard you have HERE.
This was from looking up my service tag. Which says i can only use 4gigs. But as the rep said thats processor dependent on if you have a dual or quad for this board. So looking up my service tag he stated the below. Which is in harmony with this guys results here http://www.edbott.com/weblog/?p=1922 which his tag stated only 4 but with a quad core could use more. below is the email. above is the chat log. They are two different tech agents from dell. I have a 530 board no a b c or d. plain 530.
All the information you have would suggest that it's possible, but I'm still a little skeptical. You'll find many post on this forum that states the G33M03 motherboard has 11 voltage regulators versus 6 on a G33M02 and that is the reason it supports quads. It's possible that with the newer quads, drawing less power, could be supported on a G33M02 motherboard with a BIOS update. But like I said I'm still skeptical. As for memory, well I also have a 530 (no a/b/c/d), but it's a G33M03 and I've been told it will support up to 8 GB, but haven't tried it yet. So the only thing I can say is if you give it a try be sure to post back with your results so others will know. Be sure to purchase from a company that has a good return policy just in case.
Am curious how this panned out for you- all I read echoed the other guy on this board: No quads in a box that shipped with dual core. They should work but don't. But you said this is no longer true...
Did the Quad work in your Dell 530 that had shipped with a dual core? Did you have to upgrade the PSU?
We are wondering how this turned out for you!
hello, I have the Inspiron 530d. Would it be possible for me to upgrade from the E2160 to a E2220 ? Would this make the system run games like say.. Crysis better? Most of the games "fail" the E2160 for a min processor. (Even Unreal 3 says it is under the requirements).
Also, would I be able to put in a second hard drive? The website claims it only fits one, however I took a look when I put in my new power supply and Radeon 4670 and I have a space for "HDD01" as well as the other one that's in HDD00. However, I don't think I have an open SATA port?
You should have no problem with upgrading to an E2220 2.4Ghz processor. It has the same specs as the E2160, just a faster clock. It will be a modest improvement, not significant. A real improvement would be to upgrade to a Core 2 Dual. Such as the E7400 or E8500. As for SATA ports the 530d only comes with two SATA ports. The only way you can add another hard drive is to purchase a PCI to SATA controller as long as you have an open PCI slot.
Sure, sounds like a great idea! If I want to cut off my arm and leg to pay for it. They are about double the price of the E2220.
Anyway, the E2220 wouldn't give me better support for games such as Crysis and Unreal Tournament 3?