Hello, I have had my Dell Inspiron 530 for about a year now and I have upgraded the RAM (from 1g to 6g total) and the video card (NVIDIA GeForce 9400 GT), but I am unsure of how to upgrade my processor and or mobo.
I am a pretty computer savvy just having some doubts of my personal intelligence and was hoping for some advice from someone more capable.
I would like to know what is compatible and I should be able to figure out the rest . Thanks guys!
The Inspiron 530 has two variants of motherboards, both made by Foxconn and based on the G33M series. The G33M02 which supports up to Core 2 Duo processors and the DG33M03, which supports up to Core 2 Quad processors. Inspiron 530 systems sold with Pentium Dual-Core or Core 2 Duo processors can not be upgraded to Core 2 Quad processors without adding at least a 350W power supply and swapping motherboards to the DG33M03 motherboard. The reason the G33M02 doesn't support Core 2 Quad processors is because it only has 6 voltage regulator ICs, the DG33M03 has 11.
Yeah I was reading up on the Dell forums before you even replied and pretty much what I found out is that it would be better money spent if I sold my current computer and did a complete overhaul considering I can only upgrade it so much.
So thank yo so much for you help but I think I am just going to attempt to invent in a new computer.
Gaming is the #1 factor, but I also use my computer for work and college, which aren't nearly as demanding. Lot's of multitasking for work and college, like both my monitors have about 3 pages each up with 1-2 programs running as well.
My budget is $700 - $1000 roughly, more if I can sell or even re use some parts from my current computer.
I was thinking if I bought just a case and put it together myself it would be cheaper, but what do you think? I am still learning all the hardware stuff.