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Dell Inspiron 545 upgrade

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June 15, 2013 9:29:06 AM

I have a dell inspiron 545 with the following specs:
Pentium Dual Core 2.7Ghz
RAM: 6GB

Display: Card name: Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family
Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
Chip type: Intel(R) GMA 3100
DAC type: Internal
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_29C2&SUBSYS_02E01028&REV_02
Display Memory: 256 MB
Dedicated Memory: 0 MB
Shared Memory: 256 MB
Current Mode: 1920 x 1200 (32 bit) (59Hz)

Rest of the stuff is standard lan/audio etc.
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Purpose/functionality:
I use this m/c primarily to work on audio and photography large format files.
Questions:
1. I would like to upgrade this to a Intel i7 processor with 32GB RAM.
Can some one suggest a good motherboard that will accomodate in the dell inspiron 545 case?
2. I am concerned that my power supply may also need to be boosted. Is that true? If so what are the recommendations?
Thank you for your help!

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a b V Motherboard
June 15, 2013 9:58:03 AM

Hello,:hello: 

Well, your desktop i.e your motherboard does not support i7 processors. Moreover, G31 Chipset does not support the i7 processors either. It supports only the following processor models - Intel Celeron, Intel Pentium® Dual-Core, Intel Core™2 Duo, Intel Core2 Quad. Also your motherboard is not capable of handling more than 8GB of memory. So if you are looking for more than 8GB of memory and a good processor then it is time purchase a new system.

Or if you do not have the necessary budget then try updating the memory to 8GB. 8GB should be decent enough to do the work you are doing. But since you are dealing with large data set I would prefer 16GB than 8GB and good processor.

If you need memory then try Kingston or this website - Click here!!

You can refer the Dell manual for the information about processors - ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_desktop/... (refer page 53)

Cheers, mate!! :cheese: 
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June 15, 2013 10:02:06 AM

Thanks Legohouse!!
Is there a way to replace the motherboard with a new suitable motherboard to get i7 and 32GB RAM with an integrated video that will fit in the 545 case?Any recommendations?
Thanks for your help!
Legohouse said:
Hello,:hello: 

Well, your desktop i.e your motherboard does not support i7 processors. Moreover, G31 Chipset does not support the i7 processors either. It supports only the following processor models - Intel Celeron, Intel Pentium® Dual-Core, Intel Core™2 Duo, Intel Core2 Quad. Also your motherboard is not capable of handling more than 8GB of memory. So if you are looking for more than 8GB of memory and a good processor then it is time purchase a new system.

Or if you do not have the necessary budget then try updating the memory to 8GB. 8GB should be decent enough to do the work you are doing. But since you are dealing with large data set I would prefer 16GB than 8GB and good processor.

If you need memory then try Kingston or this website - Click here!!

You can refer the Dell manual for the information about processors - ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_desktop/... (refer page 53)

Cheers, mate!! :cheese: 


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a b V Motherboard
June 15, 2013 10:31:57 AM

photouser1 said:
Thanks Legohouse!!
Is there a way to replace the motherboard with a new suitable motherboard to get i7 and 32GB RAM with an integrated video that will fit in the 545 case?Any recommendations?
Thanks for your help!

Yes, it is possible but I would rather prefer everything new altogther. The PSU probably should have more watts based on the motherboard and processor. RAM is also different i.e the newer motherboards support DDR3 so I think you will be using a decent budget so I think it is better to get a good casing which provides more room for extra coolers and stuff.

The latest "Z87 chipset motherboards" are very good and coupled with latest Haswell series processor especially "K models: (eg. 4770k) it should work wonders. But in the end it depends on your budget. Even Z77 chipset motherboards are good. So decide based on your price. There are many threads that discuss about the motherboards in this site so browse through the motherboard section. Good luck
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June 15, 2013 5:01:31 PM

Thanks, Legouser!!!
That answers it...
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