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Dell Inspiron 530s CPU Upgrade

My friend is deciding whether to upgrade his current prebuilt dell inspiron 530s, which is a small/slim case from the current Pentium Dual core E5200 @2.5Ghz to Intel Core 2 Quad if he can find any for a good price. lol My major concern is not having the pc on hand, im not sure if his motherboard can support the Intel Core 2 Quad even tho its LGA 775. I heard some prebuilts even tho same socket are not compatible from lets say the pentium to core 2 quad.

Also would going from a Pentium dual core to a core 2 duo be an upgrade? or going for the quad would he see better performance increase?
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    This is the only support list I can find for that model

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    Intel Celeron processor 430
    Intel Celeron Processor 420 (1.6 GHz, 800 FSB)
    Intel Pentium Dual-Core 2140 (1.6 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
    Intel Pentium Dual-Core 2160 (1.8 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
    Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5200(2.5 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 (1.8 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 (2.0 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 (1.86 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 (2.13 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 (2.33 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (2.66 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 (2.66 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 (2.80 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)
    Wolfdale Core 2 Duo, E8400, 3.0GHz, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, E0
    Wolfdale Core 2 Duo, E8500, 3.16GHz, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, C0
    Wolfdale Core 2 Duo E8500 (3.16 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)
    Wolfdale Dual Core Kit, E8600, 3.33GHz, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, E0


    http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/desktop/f/3514/t/19372573.aspx

    The higher end of the C2D's that it supports would be a decent enough upgrade, I guess (not night and day, though), and since that's the only choice he has (not C2Q), he'll just have to make the decision on whether or not he thinks it's worth it.
  2. Thanks very helpful
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  4. http://www.amazon.com/Dell-Motherboard-Inspiron-Systems-Compatible/dp/B003CO0WQS - not sure how legit it is but if its from the pc he has it supports the quad cores
  5. You're welcome, and he's talking about the chipset supporting the Quads, not necessarily the board itself. VERY misleading.

    OEM boards are unfortunately not very forgiving on what CPU's they support.
  6. Alright thanks again, maybe if i can get a quad core cheap enough i will get a motherboard off newegg.
  7. I know this is solved already, but i might be able to get a core 2 quad q6600 @2.4ghz cpu on a trade for a athlon 64 x2 5000+ and $20, id have to buy a motherboard off newgg to support the core 2 quad, well would any mATX lga 775 motherboard fit in the slimline case? or should i just get a new case?

    also getting a new motherboard and quad core cpu, would it require a new psu? its a 250 watt.
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