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Upgrading a 2007 Dell Inspiron 530
« on: July 28, 2010, 03:24:12 AM »
I have honestly tried to get this guy to buy a new pc. He flat refuses, and just wants to update this one.

He currently has a 2007 Dell with a E2180 P4 dual core processor.

3 gigs ram (some sources say its ddr2 667 and others say ddr2 800)(brand unknown)

ATI Radeon HD 2600 xt.

Win Vista 32

He wants to upgrade what he has.

He is constantly running out of memory. He plays wow and his wife/kid play some other small games.

He has some issues that sound like a bad memory stick (I'm having him run memtest86 right now).

As it is I am suggesting the following upgrades.

If he has 667 or bad memory then: G.Skill DDR 800 x 3 - ~$75

For his card I suggested: GIGABYTE ATI Radeon HD 4650 1GB 128-bit GDDR2 ~$65  I'm worried about going any higher than that due to the Dell only having a 300 watt ps.

I also suggested dumping the p4 for Intel C2D E7500. Same socket and wattage. ~$118

Final price: $260.95

Again, I have screamed til I was blue in the face that he needed to just toss it, back up his hdd and xfer it to a new system. He wont listen to me and just wants to keep this old system.

So with that in mind...will these upgrades work with dell? Your honest opinion...even if it is a best guess. I'm also very open to any other suggestions that don't include him buying a brand new pc.

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Re: Upgrading a 2007 Dell Inspiron 530
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2010, 03:55:09 AM »
That e2180 is C2D based, not pentium 4 based. If it was you wouldn't be able to put a E7500 in there.

The rest looks good, although personally I wouldn't upgrade the CPU. The performance gains aren't going to be big enough (at least with his uses) to justify 100$+ for a new one.
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Re: Upgrading a 2007 Dell Inspiron 530
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2010, 08:23:31 AM »
Sounds like polishing a turd.

I find it hard to believe he's 'running out of memory' with 3GB. Now, if some of the RAM is bad and it's causing him to only be able to utilize 1GB, I can see it. But otherwise, I'm looking at the CPU and vid card being the bottleneck. Unfortunately, only one is a simple solution.

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Re: Upgrading a 2007 Dell Inspiron 530
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2010, 10:18:01 AM »
BLOATWARE.  Get rid of it.  Other than that, what everyone else said.

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Re: Upgrading a 2007 Dell Inspiron 530
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2010, 12:17:42 PM »
Yeah, when he told me he was dropping down to 800 mb of available memory when he started wow I instantly started thinking either hes got some nasty malware kicking in, a shit ton of bloatware, or hes got some bad memory. (Not necessarily in that order)

I agree with the polishing a turd bit. I'm no fan of updating a Dell...especially one from 07, :lol:.

Sorry about the p4...the Pentium name slung on that proc threw me off.

Personally, I would love to just overclock the shit out of that cpu, but...it's a Dell! :lol:


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Re: Upgrading a 2007 Dell Inspiron 530
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2010, 08:36:24 PM »
There is no good upgrade path for that computer.  The best solution would be to upgrade to 4GB of DDR2 800 RAM.  However, this would cost a little over $100, and won't make huge improvements.  His processor has a tiny L2 cache, that is part of what's holding him back in WoW.  An E7x00 processor and RAM upgrade will make the biggest difference....but then his chipset will hold him back. 

Tell him to buy this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.435777

..and install it in his current case.  It will run much better.  If he still complains, tell him to buy this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134812



Just a RAM upgrade, or just a CPU upgrade, will accomplish nothing.

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Re: Upgrading a 2007 Dell Inspiron 530
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2010, 11:08:43 PM »
That's a great deal for motherboard/CPU/RAM.

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Re: Upgrading a 2007 Dell Inspiron 530
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2010, 04:40:21 AM »
I have honestly tried to get this guy to buy a new pc. He flat refuses, and just wants to update this one.

He currently has a 2007 Dell with a E2180 P4 dual core processor.

3 gigs ram (some sources say its ddr2 667 and others say ddr2 800)(brand unknown)

ATI Radeon HD 2600 xt.

Win Vista 32

He wants to upgrade what he has.

He is constantly running out of memory. He plays wow and his wife/kid play some other small games.

He has some issues that sound like a bad memory stick (I'm having him run memtest86 right now).

As it is I am suggesting the following upgrades.

If he has 667 or bad memory then: G.Skill DDR 800 x 3 - ~$75

For his card I suggested: GIGABYTE ATI Radeon HD 4650 1GB 128-bit GDDR2 ~$65  I'm worried about going any higher than that due to the Dell only having a 300 watt ps.

I also suggested dumping the p4 for Intel C2D E7500. Same socket and wattage. ~$118

Final price: $260.95

Again, I have screamed til I was blue in the face that he needed to just toss it, back up his hdd and xfer it to a new system. He wont listen to me and just wants to keep this old system.

So with that in mind...will these upgrades work with dell? Your honest opinion...even if it is a best guess. I'm also very open to any other suggestions that don't include him buying a brand new pc.

This is very similar to my dell box, probably also has the same Foxconn mainboard. Don't upgrade the E1260, it's a good unit once you overclock it, can run at 3ghz without any issue (I'll be doing this to mine once I get rid of the proprietary motherboard, which can't change the FSB values).
My 3GB ram is 2x 1GB Kingston and 2x 512mb Samsung, running Vista 32 50-60% of it is being used just with everyday use. I'll be upgrading to Win7 soon so hopefully my memory useage will improve. I can't afford a whole new computer, but I should be able to make it decent with a new mATX mainboard, and a better video card. So Dell's are upgradeable, depends on how fussy you are about hardware or you just want it for everyday use.
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Re: Upgrading a 2007 Dell Inspiron 530
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2010, 12:51:54 PM »
He just decided to change the video card. Swears it will solve all his problems. I give up sometimes. *shrug*