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Upgrading CPU & RAM on Inspiron 1545. Is it worth it?

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September 13, 2013 12:14:16 PM

Hello guys. So I own an inspiron 1545 that's almost 4 years old. I don't want to buy a new laptop until about 4 years from now so I'm looking into upgrading it. Will an upgrade to 8gb of ram from 4 and to the T9600 from the Pentium dual core one be a worthwhile investment to extend the power & life of my laptop? (The ram would cost me 175 on amazon and the processor 30 on eBay)

Edit: Ok, thanks for the input so far but I must clarify some things. I don't have 4gb, I have 3gb of ram. Also, my pc can run 8gb of ram (it has been done) as long as it has 64 bit os, which it does. Normally I have chrome launched with many tabs (30+ lol), rainmeter running, gimp and word open. Idk what type of usage that constitutes as. Whenever I saw my activity, the ram was what ran low (it was used up) while my processor was ok. From the feedback and additional research I've done, I'm considering instead 4gb of ram, a 256 ssd, and the processor (only because it's so cheap). What do yall think?
September 13, 2013 12:35:20 PM

Welcome to Tom's!

According to this:
that laptop only supports a total of 4GB of RAM (2x2GB), so your plan to increase the ram will not work. While the CPU upgrade will help, I don't think that it will improve much because you can't add more RAM. Sorry!
September 13, 2013 1:13:07 PM

SSD, the largest speed increase you will see on a lappy that age. Those Dells were known for their slow as **** hard drives. I'm about to try this on my wife's machine, about the same age/config as yours. Minus 2 gigs of ram say.
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December 19, 2013 9:02:54 AM

I own a Dell Inspiron 1545 that had a T4200@2.0GHz.I used a thumb drive with to use READYBOOST,disabled some of the backround programs windows has running that are not needed.How often do you use Windows search?It's a Memory PIG,so I turned it off.My laptop was faster,and after reading about CPU Upgrading on this model I did some research.I purchased the T9600 and installed it.Without changing the FAN I put it thru a stress test twice.It maxed out at 2.925GHz during the test and the temp. never went over 160 degrees.The Max on the chip is 220 degrees as was the T4200.I upgraded the Bios to A14 and turned on Virtualization technology which the T4200 doesn't have,but the T9600 does.I believe it's called SSE2 in Intel terms.So you can upgrade this laptop to a fast processor.I have dual boot on the hard drive-win7HPremium,and win 8.1.Works great no problem with drivers at all.
February 1, 2014 4:44:24 AM

hi Chinnay

YES - it is worth it.
its cheap and unless u want to do some heavy gaming with your machine, it would do the job just right.

i have been using my 1545 for 4 years now and because of upgrades i made to the cpu , hdd , wifi card and the battery - it still delivers. i replaced my old T6400 to a new low TDP P8800 one , replaced the hdd with a SSD , upgraded the wifi card from 150Mbps to a 300 one and the battery from 6 to 9 cell one, i posted about it in a very detailed way in my blog. here is a link to one of the posts -
i hope it will help