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Upgrades for a Inspiron 530 (not slim)

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May 12, 2012 4:21:57 AM

So I've wanted to to upgrade my 530 inspiron to something better for medium gaming, games like skyrim, fallout, COD, BF3, APB reloaded, deadrising and left 4 dead 2.
Specs of 530: Intel Pentium R dual cpu e2220 @2.40 GHz 2.40Ghz
Ram:2gb
Type:D DR2 SDRAM(667/800-MHz)
Memory capacities: 512 MB, 1 GB or 2 GB
max memory(ram): 4 GB (Inspiron 530 only )
Hard Drive 1.0 x 320.0 GB - Standard - S-ATA
Im not sure if my pc has a graphics card but if it does then its a bad graphics card
PSU: 300 watt

so what i wanna know is what should I upgrade from the desktop to make this games run good even at med-high quality
and if please if the upgrades could be the most important things that it needs and i'm on a budget less than $300
thanks.
May 12, 2012 9:34:15 AM

hmmm, BF3 on a dual core pentium, that will be interesting with 64 player maps! anyway, to the upgrades!

as I'm unsure on what connectors your PSU has, I'm going to assume you don't have any 6 pin PCI connectors. These are needed to power the higher end graphics cards. Can you check what spare connectors you have with that PSU? The best graphics card which doesn't require a dedicated power cable is this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

you should also add in 2GB more (to get the 4GB max), as games like skrim and BF3 need more.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I hope this helps.
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May 12, 2012 9:50:02 AM

blazexd said:
Im not sure if my pc has a graphics card but if it does then its a bad graphics card
This does not bode well for your planned up grade.
Have you even looked inside your case yet?
Graphics cards are kinda hard to miss.
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May 12, 2012 6:04:56 PM

It helps a lot.
That particular model had a graphics card installed - ATI Radeon HD3650. Your specific model may, or may not, have it too.
It probably looks some thing like this:
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May 12, 2012 6:12:09 PM

The inside of your case should look like this.

This Dell 530 owner had already replaced his power supply with one of 500W to get a more powerful graphics card in his system.
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May 12, 2012 7:15:46 PM

One upgrade option ~ $286 plus tax, if any:

Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16Ghz CPU - used - $120 shipped
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B00116SLZS/ref=d...

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Memory Kit $51 shipped
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP $115 shipped
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Right now - the CPU cooler may be an issue. I'm not sure you want to re-use that little cooler on the faster, hotter E8500 CPU.

Why not hang around in the Dell Support forums and see what other Insprion 530 owners are doing for upgrades.
You could get some other good ideas there.



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May 12, 2012 11:34:09 PM

Thank you very much for the suggestions but i was looking to get another cpu i found some offers in microcenter which is my preferred place to buy this pc parts since its close to where i live

i3-2125 $119 comes with Gigabyte GA-H61M-DS2 1155 MATX

OR

Phenom II X6 1045T 109.99 OR A8 X4 3870K-unlocked Black Edition

which both of these two cpus (phenom and A8)
come with this mobo: BIOSTAR A880GZ AM3+ATX for $40.00
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May 12, 2012 11:41:43 PM

mobo for i3 was $49.99
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May 13, 2012 11:55:25 PM

all right so i went to microcenter and i asked a guy if he could help me ppick the stuff i would need for the computer so her is his list

amd phenom ii x6 1045t AM3..............................................99.99
gigabyte GA78LMT-S2P AM3+ MATX....................................10.00
SAPPHIRE HD 7770 1GB D5 PCIE DH2DP...........................127.99
wd 1tb 3.5 INT SATA GREEN...............................................89.99
DIABLOT 600W ATX V2.2 PSU.............................................35.99
ADATA 8GB DDR3 1333 DIMM KIT........................................32.99
diablot evo atx mid-tower case.............................................39.99(the guy told me that the inspiron's case was garbage so i had to get a new one)
(tax included)TOTAL: 452.23
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May 14, 2012 4:58:34 AM

diablotek psu no bueno. Spend extra cash on a good rated psu like corsair, seasonic, antec. You're going to have to include WIN 7 if I am not mistaken so add on $100. If you're going to microcenter I'd pick up the 960T if they still have it in stock. GL and cheers.
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May 14, 2012 8:57:01 AM

-> Phenom II X6 1045T 2.7GHz
If you can find a X4 with a faster clock for about the same price get that. 4 cores - Phenom II X4 965 @ 3.4Ghz - beats six cores @ 2.7Ghz for gaming
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May 15, 2012 4:35:22 AM

ok then Here is all im gonna buy for my pc (im going to use my old hard drive 500gb and dvd burner thing):


these two websites imma buy from but idk if the psu is good enough if you fellas could give me advice for a psu less than 20$ and the fan are for the case i know it will fit and can you tell me if case is good???
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