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Uprgrading Inspiron 530s

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February 1, 2009 10:28:20 PM

OK, so I'm planning on upgrading my inspiron 530s to a new case, new power supply, and new graphics card. I already bought the Nvidia 9600gt and now I just need a new case and power supply. My current case is a slim line with a crap power supply, so that's why I'm upgrading.

This is my current case, but mine only has a 1.6 duel core CPU.(I'm thinking of upgrading that too)

I've found two pretty good deals, and I was wondering if you guys had any input or a better suggestion. For the price these are a good deal.

Power Supply


Also, if you can point me to a decent CPU for under 100 dollars, that would be great. I'm kinda new to the whole upgrading thing, so I don't want to be swindled into buying crappy hardware.
a b ) Power supply
February 1, 2009 11:07:57 PM

The power supply you picked, the Apevia 500w is a low quality power supply, i wouldn't use it in ANY build, the case you picked the Rosewill is a decent budget case, but comes with it's own power supply, also a low quality unit. A decent power supply for your system and a 9600GT would be this Silverstone ST 400w unit ( it's not just watts you need, it's also AMPs and quality) for $30 after rebate
a higher quality unit is this Corsair 400w unit for $50 after rebate.

There are a number of decent budget cases for sale between $20 - $35

To recommend a CPU we need to know exactly what model you have, including what motherboard, the 530s has different options.
February 1, 2009 11:21:29 PM

Dell scanned my computer as being this:

Inspiron 530s
ServiceTag 53B4DF1
Windows Version Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Basic
Model Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU E2140 @ 1.60GHz
Hard Drive
Drive Size Free Space Utilized
C: 222.78 Gb 158.22 Gb 29 %

D: 10 Gb 5.02 Gb 50 %

Video Adapters
Model Memory
Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family 320 Mb

Total 2048 Mb
Available 40 %

Slot Size Speed Type
Slot 1 1024 Mb 667 Mhz Unknown
Slot 2 1024 Mb 667 Mhz Unknown
Slot 3 Empty
Slot 4 Empty

Available Slots 2
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February 1, 2009 11:28:38 PM

Also, I found this cheap little thing. From the reviews I can easily overclock it to 3.0 ghz.

What do you think of this case
a b ) Power supply
February 2, 2009 1:38:39 AM

Decent case. You CANNOT use an AMD CPU with your motherboard. You cannot overclock any CPU with a prebuilt (Dell, HP, Gateway) computer, they lock their motherboards. One CPU that will work is this one

a better choice would be this CPU
but it MAY take a BIOS update to work. You need to check with DELL or continue your research.
a b ) Power supply
February 2, 2009 6:36:48 AM

I was able to install a E5200 on a HP system with the G33 motherboard without a BIOS flash, the Silverstone ST400 power supply listed was used in a Toms Hardware system builders marathon several months back and worked well for them. Good luck, it's a good upgrade.
February 2, 2009 11:58:18 PM

are you sure the inspiron uses an ATX or mATX motherboard? my old dell had a mATX motherboard, but used proprietary front panel connectors meaning it was useless in another case.