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CPU upgrade for Dell Inspiron 530?

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I purchased a Dell Inspiron 530 in October of 2008 (Service tag < ADMIN NOTE : Service tag removed per privacy policy >) and would like to upgrade the cpu. My current cpu is an Intel Celeron 450 @ 2.20 GHz. I think my motherboard is a Foxconn G33M02. (But I am not certain and I would like to confirm that so that I do not obtain an incompatible cpu.)

What would be a good cpu upgrade that I could put in my current motherboard? I'm under the impression that my current Celeron 450 is a monocore processor, and I would like to swap that out for a substantial and noticeable improvement with more cores (within reasonable cost) while keeping this same motherboard.

I have already upgraded the power supply to a 460 watt psu and have also upgraded the video card. Just looking for a good cpu upgrade. I believe I would also need to update my motherboard bios.

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  •  livin2fly

    The 530 systems were build with two different models of motherboards.

    FoxConn G33m02 [Dell P/N ORY007] motherboard, this version does not support Core 2 Quad processors, only Core 2 Duo, Pentium Dual-Core and Celeron processors.

    Either of the following processors should work in the Inspiron 530:

    Intel Pentium Dual-Core 2140 (1.6 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
    Intel Pentium Dual-Core 2160 (1.8 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
    Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5200(2.5 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 (1.8 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 (2.0 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 (1.86 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 (2.13 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 (2.33 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (2.66 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 (2.80 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)
    Wolfdale Core 2 Duo, E8400, 3.0GHz, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, E0
    Wolfdale Core 2 Duo, E8500, 3.16GHz, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, C0

    Prior to installing the processor you need to check that you have BIOS Version 1.0.15, or higher, when support for new Intel CPU's was added.

    Bev.
       

     

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  •  livin2fly

    The 530 systems were build with two different models of motherboards.

    FoxConn G33m02 [Dell P/N ORY007] motherboard, this version does not support Core 2 Quad processors, only Core 2 Duo, Pentium Dual-Core and Celeron processors.

    Either of the following processors should work in the Inspiron 530:

    Intel Pentium Dual-Core 2140 (1.6 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
    Intel Pentium Dual-Core 2160 (1.8 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
    Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5200(2.5 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 (1.8 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 (2.0 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 (1.86 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 (2.13 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 (2.33 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (2.66 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 (2.80 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)
    Wolfdale Core 2 Duo, E8400, 3.0GHz, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, E0
    Wolfdale Core 2 Duo, E8500, 3.16GHz, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, C0

    Prior to installing the processor you need to check that you have BIOS Version 1.0.15, or higher, when support for new Intel CPU's was added.

    Bev.
       

     

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  • Thanks for the info, Bev.

    If I replace my current Celeron 450 2.2 GHz with a Core 2 Duo E8400, would I be ok to still use the heatsink/fan that was on my Celeron 450? Or should I also upgrade the heatsink & fan?

    (This cpu upgrade is with the primary intent of seeing substantial improvement in FSX framerates and graphics.)

  • livin2fly

    No, the default heatsink will work fine with the Core 2 Duo e8400.

    In fact, the e8400 is the same processor, I u6sed to upgrade my Inspiron 530.

    Bev.

     

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  • I also have been looking to upgrade an Inspiron 530 Celereron(420, 1.6Ghz). I have found some CPUs that are not listed above and was wondering if you know of any issues.

    Intel Core2Duo E6850 (3.0 Ghz, 4MB L2, 1333FSB)

    Intel Core2Duo E7500 (2.93 Ghz, 3MB L2, 1066FSB)

    Intel Core2Duo E7600 (3.06 Ghz, 3MB L2, 1066FSB)

    I have found all of these to be fairly priced between $120-$150 on Amazon. There is not a great difference from one to the next but I believe the E6850 to be the "best bang for the buck". It is $123 and doesn't seem too far off from the E8400(that you listed) which is about $50 more. I would love to go straight to the top with the E8500 but I just don't see the value in it for $200.

    Any thoughts?

  • DrAudio

    The Conroe, E6850, 3.0G, 4MB, 1333FSB should be compatible with the Inspiron 530.

    Prior to installing the processor you need to check that you have BIOS Version 1.0.15, or higher, when support for new Intel CPU's was added.

    Bev.

     

     

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  • Hey, Looking for a CPU for Dell Inspiron 530 minitower that would run between 2.5 - 3 ghz  Any updated cpu's that would fit?

     

    Thanks

  • inspiron530uk

    Here is a list of supported processors for the Inspiron 530:

    Intel Celeron processor 430                                         
    Intel Celeron Processor 420 (1.6 GHz, 800 FSB)
    Intel Pentium Dual-Core 2140 (1.6 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
    Intel Pentium Dual-Core 2160 (1.8 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
    Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5200(2.5 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 (1.8 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 (2.0 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
    Wolfdale Core 2 Duo, E5200, 2.5GHz, 2MB, 65W, M0
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 (1.86 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)  65nm
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 (2.13 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 (2.33 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (2.66 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 (2.80 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)
    Wolfdale Core 2 Duo, E8400, 3.0GHz, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, E0  45nm
    Wolfdale Core 2 Duo, E8500, 3.16GHz, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, C0
    Wolfdale Core 2 Duo, E8600, 3.33GHz, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, E0

    Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 (2.33 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (2.4 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 (2.5 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 (2.66 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)  
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 (3.0GHz, 1333 MHz FSB) 

    Conroe E6850, 3.0G, 4MB, 1333FSB, G0
    Conroe E6700, 2.66G, 4MB, 1066FSB, B2
    Conroe E6600, 2.4G, 4MB, 1066FSB, B2
    Wolfdale E5700 3.0GHz 65W Dual-Core
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 (3.0GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)   

    Prior to installing the processor, check that you have BIOS Version 1.0.15, or higher installed, when support for new Intel CPU's was added.

    The Inspiron 530 has two variants of motherboards, both made by Foxconn and based on the G33M series.

    The G33M02, supports up to Core 2 Duo processors and the DG33M03 that supports both the Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad processors.

    Inspiron 530 systems sold with Pentium Dual-Core or Core 2 Duo processors can not be upgraded to Core 2 Quad processors without adding at least a 350W
    power supply and swapping motherboards to the DG33M03 motherboard.

    The reason the G33M02 doesn't support Core 2 Quad processors is because it only has 6 voltage regulator ICs, the DG33M03 has 11.

    Bev.


                                                                           

     

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