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Hello, I have recently been looking to upgrade my current Dell inspiron 660 i3-2120 Mid-tower system to something more powerful/versatile. I do light gaming, nothing too extreme, but i want a machine that will be able to handle whatever i throw at it. I do everyday computing, such as web surfing, small applications nothing too demanding. The question i have is, will my motherboard, which CPUZ says is a Dell 0XR1GT, B75 Chipset be able to handle a 3rd Gen I5 or I7 processor, and if i even need it. I also am wondering if it would be possible or worthwhile of simply upgrading to a new motherboard but keeping the insides, such as media card reader, DVD drive, CPU, Hard drive and OS, etc. Like i said, i am not trying to build a spefic machine geared towards gaming or video/photo editing, but i still want a pretty decent powerful all around system. I just don't know if i am able to easily upgrade the CPU, or just swap the Motherboard keeping the components. Anyhelp would be great. Thanks 

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  • Mackches,

    The Inspiron 660 is validated with these Dell CPUs:
    1G6R1 1.80GHz G460 Sandy Bridge, 1C,35W,Q0
    77VPR 2.70GHz G630 Sandy Bridge, 3MB, 65W, 2C, Q0
    972H5 3.30GHz i3-2120 Sandy Bridge, 3MB, 65W, Q0
    F6KN0 3.00GHz i5-2320 SandyBridge Quad Core, 6MB, 95W, D2
    JN8M2 3.10GHz i5-3450 Ivy Bridge Quad Core, 6MB, 77W, E1

    I cannot speak to any 3rd party motherboards since we do not test them.

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  • Thank you. Now when you say Dell Cpus, is there any difference between them if if buy the exact same on from somewhere like newegg or do i have to buy them specifically from Dell?

  • Nope. You can buy them at any places for cheap, just not eBay, LOL.

    Inspiron 570 remastered in Cooler Master HAF 912 case

    6 intake and exhaust 120 mm FANS <> Phenom II x4 965 BE OC to 4.0GHz <> Cooler Master Hyper 612 <> MSI 660 2GB OC <> 180 GB Intel 520 SSD, 1TB Seagate Barracuda 64 MB Cache HDD for Games as extension of SSD, 500 GB WD Caviar Blue HDD as data and 160 GB WD as backup (through PCI SATA card) <> 8 GB Corsair DDR3 1333 <>Hitachi GH70N DVD <> Corsair GS 600 PSU <> Battlefield 3 60 FPS on ULTRA

  • Thank you so much. I think the Ivy Bridge i5-3450 mentioned in the earlier post would be the fastest and best? If so i found one for 200 on Newegg and im ordering it now. Is there any BIOS update or anything i need or is it plug and play

  • BIOS update to the latest version is always good idea prior to upgrading processor. It might work without, but but.

    Inspiron 570 remastered in Cooler Master HAF 912 case

    6 intake and exhaust 120 mm FANS <> Phenom II x4 965 BE OC to 4.0GHz <> Cooler Master Hyper 612 <> MSI 660 2GB OC <> 180 GB Intel 520 SSD, 1TB Seagate Barracuda 64 MB Cache HDD for Games as extension of SSD, 500 GB WD Caviar Blue HDD as data and 160 GB WD as backup (through PCI SATA card) <> 8 GB Corsair DDR3 1333 <>Hitachi GH70N DVD <> Corsair GS 600 PSU <> Battlefield 3 60 FPS on ULTRA