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Dell Inspiron 530 Upgrades

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February 13, 2010 11:17:12 AM

Hello,
I have a stock Dell 530(G33MOS2MB-2.0 processor,250 GB Hard Drive) that I'm upgrading for Blue Ray.I installed 4 GB modules,Radeon 3450 Video Card,23" Hannspree Monitor,Lite On IHES 208.I also have a Pentium 4-3.4 CPU that Dell said would work.Any suggestions or help would be great.Thanks.
February 13, 2010 10:09:48 PM

upgrade the video card if you can to at least one of the lower end 5000 series of ATI Radeon Cards. Not sure how well the 3450 would do w/ a blu-ray movie.
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February 14, 2010 12:15:37 AM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

Upgrade the GPU BUT NOT FOR A 5xxx series. Get a 47xx series or 48xx series, and make you sure that your current PSU support the upgrade of the GPU.
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February 16, 2010 4:24:42 AM

Thanks Guys for the invite and the replies.I installed the Lite On Ihes208 with power dvd 9.Both the Audio & Video shutters then freezes.When I check Cyberlink Advisor it indicates all systems are go until I click Advanced Playback then it says that my processor needs to be upgraded to @ least a 3.2 CPU(my Inspiron 530 is a stock 2.0 core2).I do have a uninstalled Pentium 4-3.4 processor(Lite On recommends at least a 3.2 processor) but I understand they get hot.Also,I'm wondering if this is the right CPU for my 530 Inspiron and would my stock fan be enough.I'm very new at this,so all help is very appreciated.Thanks again in advance for all help.
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February 16, 2010 11:27:04 AM

If Dell says that the processor is supported, belived. Now, usually the Intel pentium D and Pentium 4 run hot, just make you sure that the fan of your processor is running at a good speed.
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