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August 10, 2009 9:48:19 AM

Hi,

I have a Dell Dimension 9150. I want to upgrade the CPU as the Pentium D that it came with runs to hot and is too slow. I know that because it is a Dell the motherboard is not upgradable. I want to put it in a new case with a new CPU and motherboard. I also want to keep my old hardware in my new system. I currently have 3gb of DDR2 533mhz RAM and an Nvidia GeForce 9600gt graphics card. The rest of my system is stock. I use my system mostly for multimedia and some gaming.

Which Motherboard and CPU should I get? Also do I need a new PSU as mine is only 375 watt?

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August 10, 2009 10:59:41 AM

How much are you willing to spend?
August 10, 2009 11:05:00 AM

you'll need to get a new case as well since dell uses DTX or BTX form factors, not the ATX standard which pretty much any mobo you can buy will be.
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August 10, 2009 10:25:26 PM

Yes I know about the issue with Dells. That is why I am getting a new case to pu the guts of my pc in.

I have a budget of $500. I want the motherboard to be reasonably upgradable and I need the CPU to be able to handle multiple programs and video editing. I will also use the PC for light gaming
August 11, 2009 12:17:07 AM

I have 2x 512 RAM modules and 2x 1gb Ram modules.
a b B Homebuilt system
a b à CPUs
a b V Motherboard
August 11, 2009 2:17:45 PM

If you use your current HD, optical drive, and GPU this build fits your budget and needs.

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM (Includes free Windows 7 updrade coupon)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $154.94 (Case + OS combo)

AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.00

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $84.99

Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PVS34G1333LLK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $78.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99 - $20.00 MIR

Total - $487.91 - $20 MIR

Keep in mind that the motherboard only has 1 IDE connector for a total of 2 devices. You could get a new SATA HD if you drop down to a dual core CPU. With this CPU, motherboard, and HD the total is just over your budget at $503.89.

AMD Phenom II X2 545 Callisto 3.0GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $169.98 (CPU + motherboard combo)

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99
August 16, 2009 10:04:15 AM

Thanks for the help everyone. All your advice has been extremely useful.
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