I have a Dell Inspiron 15r n5010, that i've decided to upgrade. Before I do I want to make sure everything is compatible.
Processor - Intel Core i5 Mobile Processor i5-2450M 2.5GHz 3MB CPU
Hard Drive - Western Digital Scorpio Black 750GB 7200rpm SATA2 16MB Notebook Hard Drive
Memory - 8GB (4x2) DDR3 SDRAM 1333 MHz
Video Card - XFX ATI Radeon HD6670 2GB DDR3 VGA/DVI/HDMI
The Processor is the Mobility version, made for notebooks. The RAM is also compatible...now, where do I go with this? Could I do the upgrade if I purchased a new motherboard with the proper sockets?
There wouldn't be a compatible motherboard to replace the old one that would fit into that laptop, I'm almost positive. It would have to be a motherboard that was made specifically for that model of laptop (which never came with a second gen Core CPU).
I honestly don't know if that particular GPU will work, so you'll have to do some research on compatibility, but the GPU on the model DOES appear to be upgradable, at least. I just don't know what type or even if it's restricted to Nvidia only.
Dell's (or Alienware's) site should shed some light on that.