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whats the best cpu i can upgrade to in my dell inspiron 1525

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January 3, 2014 3:40:35 AM

I have just aquired a dell inspiron 1525 and would like to upgrade it as best I can, it only has 1g ram, it currenly runs vista 32 bit, whats the best cpu, ram etc I can upgrade it to? I know some would think its prob not woth it but I already have a v powerfull gaming pc and just wan to do this for some thing to do ;) 

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January 3, 2014 3:54:26 AM

You can't upgrade the CPU on a laptop. Sorry to say.
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January 3, 2014 3:55:36 AM

You may be able to upgrade the RAM. However, you will have to check what's compatible and what's not.
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January 11, 2014 11:28:25 PM

KillerGamer said:
You can't upgrade the CPU on a laptop. Sorry to say.


I upgraded My Dell Inspiron 1525 to a T7700 2.4GHZ 4MB L2 800MHZ...... It diffinitly made it faster
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January 12, 2014 1:58:03 AM

A Core 2 Duo Mobile T8300 @ 2.4 (Make sure its the socket P) and 4GB (2 x 2GB) of DDR2-667 which is PC2-5300 200 pin SO-DIMM's. Your basically looking to spend more making what would have been a top of the line computer 4-5 years ago than you would buying a new laptop descent quality laptop. Or the personal route I would go i find a refurb with an i5/i7, ~8GB DDR33, and Windows 7 and not 8. Then you pay the extra 80 bucks and you get the ext warranty through the retailer so if something breaks it usually just gets replaced in store.
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January 18, 2016 10:26:24 AM

KillerGamer, you can upgrade the CPU on laptops if the CPU is not soldered directly to the motherboard. I have upgraded many laptops and just upgraded my HP dv6015 from 1.5 ghz to 2.0 ghz.
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May 25, 2016 8:43:33 AM

KillerGamer said:
You can't upgrade the CPU on a laptop. Sorry to say.


Pretty sure you can... I recently upgraded my Inspiron 1525 from a Celery to a Core 2 Duo, but was looking to upgrade again and came across this thread. But yes you can upgrade the CPU, just not the GPU
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May 30, 2016 4:50:47 PM

glennsha said:
KillerGamer said:
You can't upgrade the CPU on a laptop. Sorry to say.


Pretty sure you can... I recently upgraded my Inspiron 1525 from a Celery to a Core 2 Duo, but was looking to upgrade again and came across this thread. But yes you can upgrade the CPU, just not the GPU


Hi glennsha, I'm trying to upgrade my 1525 CPU. I've read online that this laptop supports any socket p CPU with a FSB top speed of 800Mhz and 35w of consumption. On market there is a Core2Duo T9500 with 800Mhz socket p and 35w. Do you think this would be compatible? What core2Duo did you put? Thanks!
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August 20, 2016 7:19:28 PM

Affrika said:
I have just aquired a dell inspiron 1525 and would like to upgrade it as best I can, it only has 1g ram, it currenly runs vista 32 bit, whats the best cpu, ram etc I can upgrade it to? I know some would think its prob not woth it but I already have a v powerfull gaming pc and just wan to do this for some thing to do ;) 


You can easily upgrade the RAM and CPU on this laptop. You can also upgrade the hard drive with an SSD. None of these steps are expensive, and they work very well to extend the useful life. Easy upgrade with big return.

RAM: The maximum RAM is 4GB of 2x2gb DDR2 800. $15. Just do it. Make sure to upgrade to the latest version of the Intel 965 chipset driver, as some older drivers might have had problems with 4gb on 32 bit, I heard. It was not a problem on 64 bit. See: http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/04/Drivers/Drive...

CPU: Dell offered the following processors for 1525: Intel Celeron 540, 550 or 560, Intel Pentium Dual-Core T2370, T2390, T2330 or T4200, or Intel Core 2 Duo T5250, T5450, T5550, T5750, T7250, T8100 or T8300. Those are safe upgrades since Dell actually used them, so BIOS, voltages and cooling are OK. Cost of 2.4GHz T8300 is under $10 on ebay. Be sure to Upgrade the BIOS to last rev. A17, here: http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/04/Drivers/Drive...

Here is a youtube video of how to upgrade the 1525 RAM and CPU: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zy2WxZw6PeQ

The last thing I suggested is go SSD. These laptops came with 160GB hard drives, and used 160GB SSDs are in the $30 range. SSDs speed up certain disk bound operations amazingly. Boot time goes from 3 minutes to 30 seconds. Everything else speeds up a little. So for the cost, they pay back very well, especially if you are impatient like me. Here's how: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jh4uRhWwZT0

We could debate if these upgrades are worth it. We could. I won't. You end up with a faster machine, maybe save it from the recycler, and the cost is small. It's rather fun watching an older machine speed up after these tweaks. In my case, I enjoy projects, so they don't have to make sense.
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