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July 15, 2013 1:06:23 AM

Hey guys,

I recently noticed that my studio 540 dell desktop is slowing down a bit. I wanted to upgrade it and make it worthy of running programs like revit, photoshop, indesign, illustrator and autocat as well as being able to play the latest games (bioshock infinite and LoL at highest graphical settings).

At this moment I have a Nvidia 9800 GT in there and about 4 gigs of ram. There are two more slots for more ram. I have a 1920x1080 screen. I basically have a big budget but would like to spend as little as possible. I would like a good pc but i dont need the best pc.

I found some ram online for around 20 euros but then also saw some for 80 and i dont know what the difference is. Is there a difference?

Conclusion:

Shoudl i change graphics cards?
Should i increase ram?
If yes what price point should i buy my ram?


Thanks already,

Cas Esbach
July 15, 2013 1:08:45 AM

Processor : Intel core2 quad CPU Q800 @ 2.33 Hz (4cpus), 2.3 GHz
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July 15, 2013 1:22:54 AM

Due to the old power supply unit dying i already have a new one. What video card do you recommend?
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July 15, 2013 4:01:56 AM

You may need to overclock your cpu to keep bottlenecking to a minimum. Also i recommend a gtx 650ti/gtx 660 for optimum performance. By the way whatis the wattage of your psu?
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July 15, 2013 4:26:57 AM

550 W


its usp5550 from HKC

Does the wattage effect what card i can use?
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July 15, 2013 9:21:50 PM

Cas Esbach said:
550 W


its usp5550 from HKC

Does the wattage effect what card i can use?


This is unknown brand, I really don't want to say anything bad, but the cheaper it gets the less reliability you can expect form PSU, can you return it, or it is already too late?

If you can return it, look here for recommendations about proper wattage for video card http://forum-en.msi.com/faq/article/power-requirements-...
and look here for power supply ratings http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

I just want to say a few words about other components.
First, you PC is not overclockable, BIOS is locked, so no discussion here.
Second, you did not listed your CPU properly, you have Yorkfield Quad Core Q8200, 2.33G, 4MB, 1333FSB am I correct?

Next look at all processors compatible with your Studio:

MP627 Kentsfield Quad Core Q6700, 2.66G, 8MB, 1066FSB, G0
MP626 Kentsfield Quad Core Q6600, 2.4G, 8MB, 1066FSB, G0

N652J Yorkfield Quad Core Q9650, 3.0G, 12MB, 1333FSB, E0
F886J Yorkfield Quad Core Q9550, 2.83G, 12MB, 1333FSB, E0
C864D Yorkfield Quad Core Q9450, 2.66G, 12MB, 1333FSB, C1
N650J Yorkfield Quad Core Q9400, 2.66G, 6MB, 1333FSB, R0
C863D Yorkfield Quad Core QX9300, 2.5G, 6MB, 1333FSB, M1
80X97 Yorkfield Quad Core Q8400, 2.66, 4MB, 95W, R0
NH0D2 Yorkfield Quad Core Q8400S, 2.66, 4MB, 65W, R0
099K1 Yorkfield Quad Core Q8300, 2.5G, 4MB, 95W, R0
XVKFK Yorkfield Quad Core Q8200, 2.33GB, 4MB, 95W, R0
F824K Yorkfield Quad Core Q8200, 2.33G, 4MB, 1333FSB, M1

N654J Wolfdale Dual Core E8600, 3.33G, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, E0
D923J Wolfdale Dual Core E8500, 3.16G, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, E0
H399J Wolfdale Dual Core E8400, 3.0G, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, E0
K905F Wolfdale Dual Core E8300, 2.83G, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, C0
Y932C Wolfdale Dual Core E8200, 2.66G, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, C0
06YMG Wolfdale Dual Core E7600, 3.06, 3MB, 65W, R0
T116N Wolfdale Dual Core E7500, 2.93, 3MB, 65W, R0
K151N Wolfdale Dual Core E7400, 2.8G, 3MB, 65W, R0
Y442H Wolfdale Dual Core E7300, 2.66, 3MB, 65W, M0
X198G Wolfdale Dual Core E7200, 2.53, 3MB, FD, 65W, M0
9HP6Y Wolfdale Dual Core E6300, 2.8G, 2MB, 65W, R0
N807P Wolfdale Dual Core E5400, 2.7G, 2MB, 65W, R0
W3YMN Wolfdale Dual Core E5400, 2.7G, 2MB, 65W, R0
K212N Wolfdale Dual Core E5300, 2.6G, 2MB, 65W, R0
4HF4Y Wolfdale Dual Core E5300, 2.6G, 2MB, 65W, R0
YG8MC Wolfdale Dual Core E5200, 2.5G, 2MB, 65W, R0
T115K Wolfdale Dual Core E5200, 2.5G, 2MB, 65W, M0

Y933C Conroe E4700, 2.6G, 2MB, 800FSB, G0
CY593 Conroe Kit, E4600, 2.4G, 2MB, 800FSB, M0
T944D Conroe E2220, 2.4G, 1MB, 800FSB, M0
Y931C Conroe E2200, 2.20G, 1MB, 800FSB, M0
RX391 Conroe E2180, 2.0G, 1MB, 800FSB, M0
710PW Celeron Conroe E1600, 2.4, 512KB, M0

Prior to installing the processor, check that you have latest BIOS version installed.

I highlighted your processor and the strongest one tested to work in Studio 540, if someone advice to get something else, ask for the proof (I have one), discussions about what Intel recommends are not applicable to Dell PCs, since it is Dell who setup BIOS, not Intel...

Memory can be upgraded to 8 GB, if you have 64 bit Windows I would strongly advice to upgrade your RAM to 8 GB, 4 GB is not enough for Adobe - I have old PC with Adobe CS3 and 3.5 GB RAM (usable) and newer PC with CS6 and 8GB RAM, newer PC/Adobe setup beats old one everywhere.
Here general recommendations about memory DDR2 PC2-6400 • CL=6 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR2-800 • 1.8V http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.aspx?model=Studi... Crucial is the best brand for Dell, Corsair is second best, the rest are following.

Anything else I can help you with?
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October 12, 2013 4:21:22 AM

Hello there,
I was reading this tread and the replies regarding upgrading a DELL Studio 540 desktop.

Could anyone advise on the best CPU upgrade that can be installed in the 'SLIM' version of the Studio 540.

Would this be the "NH0D2 Yorkfield Quad Core Q8400S, 2.66, 4MB, 65W, R0", as it is low voltage?
How much faster is this CPU to the one i have already installed?
Currently have an Intel Core Duo E7400 @ 2.8GHz installed in the Studio Slim 540

I take it the Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 cpu would be too big / run hot / need more psu power (95w) to fit in the SLIM model?

Any advice would be appreciated.


Kisianik said:
Cas Esbach said:
550 W


its usp5550 from HKC

Does the wattage effect what card i can use?


This is unknown brand, I really don't want to say anything bad, but the cheaper it gets the less reliability you can expect form PSU, can you return it, or it is already too late?

If you can return it, look here for recommendations about proper wattage for video card http://forum-en.msi.com/faq/article/power-requirements-...
and look here for power supply ratings http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

I just want to say a few words about other components.
First, you PC is not overclockable, BIOS is locked, so no discussion here.
Second, you did not listed your CPU properly, you have Yorkfield Quad Core Q8200, 2.33G, 4MB, 1333FSB am I correct?

Next look at all processors compatible with your Studio:

MP627 Kentsfield Quad Core Q6700, 2.66G, 8MB, 1066FSB, G0
MP626 Kentsfield Quad Core Q6600, 2.4G, 8MB, 1066FSB, G0

N652J Yorkfield Quad Core Q9650, 3.0G, 12MB, 1333FSB, E0
F886J Yorkfield Quad Core Q9550, 2.83G, 12MB, 1333FSB, E0
C864D Yorkfield Quad Core Q9450, 2.66G, 12MB, 1333FSB, C1
N650J Yorkfield Quad Core Q9400, 2.66G, 6MB, 1333FSB, R0
C863D Yorkfield Quad Core QX9300, 2.5G, 6MB, 1333FSB, M1
80X97 Yorkfield Quad Core Q8400, 2.66, 4MB, 95W, R0
NH0D2 Yorkfield Quad Core Q8400S, 2.66, 4MB, 65W, R0
099K1 Yorkfield Quad Core Q8300, 2.5G, 4MB, 95W, R0
XVKFK Yorkfield Quad Core Q8200, 2.33GB, 4MB, 95W, R0
F824K Yorkfield Quad Core Q8200, 2.33G, 4MB, 1333FSB, M1

N654J Wolfdale Dual Core E8600, 3.33G, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, E0
D923J Wolfdale Dual Core E8500, 3.16G, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, E0
H399J Wolfdale Dual Core E8400, 3.0G, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, E0
K905F Wolfdale Dual Core E8300, 2.83G, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, C0
Y932C Wolfdale Dual Core E8200, 2.66G, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, C0
06YMG Wolfdale Dual Core E7600, 3.06, 3MB, 65W, R0
T116N Wolfdale Dual Core E7500, 2.93, 3MB, 65W, R0
K151N Wolfdale Dual Core E7400, 2.8G, 3MB, 65W, R0
Y442H Wolfdale Dual Core E7300, 2.66, 3MB, 65W, M0
X198G Wolfdale Dual Core E7200, 2.53, 3MB, FD, 65W, M0
9HP6Y Wolfdale Dual Core E6300, 2.8G, 2MB, 65W, R0
N807P Wolfdale Dual Core E5400, 2.7G, 2MB, 65W, R0
W3YMN Wolfdale Dual Core E5400, 2.7G, 2MB, 65W, R0
K212N Wolfdale Dual Core E5300, 2.6G, 2MB, 65W, R0
4HF4Y Wolfdale Dual Core E5300, 2.6G, 2MB, 65W, R0
YG8MC Wolfdale Dual Core E5200, 2.5G, 2MB, 65W, R0
T115K Wolfdale Dual Core E5200, 2.5G, 2MB, 65W, M0

Y933C Conroe E4700, 2.6G, 2MB, 800FSB, G0
CY593 Conroe Kit, E4600, 2.4G, 2MB, 800FSB, M0
T944D Conroe E2220, 2.4G, 1MB, 800FSB, M0
Y931C Conroe E2200, 2.20G, 1MB, 800FSB, M0
RX391 Conroe E2180, 2.0G, 1MB, 800FSB, M0
710PW Celeron Conroe E1600, 2.4, 512KB, M0

Prior to installing the processor, check that you have latest BIOS version installed.

I highlighted your processor and the strongest one tested to work in Studio 540, if someone advice to get something else, ask for the proof (I have one), discussions about what Intel recommends are not applicable to Dell PCs, since it is Dell who setup BIOS, not Intel...

Memory can be upgraded to 8 GB, if you have 64 bit Windows I would strongly advice to upgrade your RAM to 8 GB, 4 GB is not enough for Adobe - I have old PC with Adobe CS3 and 3.5 GB RAM (usable) and newer PC with CS6 and 8GB RAM, newer PC/Adobe setup beats old one everywhere.
Here general recommendations about memory DDR2 PC2-6400 • CL=6 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR2-800 • 1.8V http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.aspx?model=Studi... Crucial is the best brand for Dell, Corsair is second best, the rest are following.

Anything else I can help you with?


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