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suggestions for updating my Dell Inspiron 531

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#1 rlesink


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Posted 18 July 2009 - 12:30 PM

Current (partial) Specs

(can't find where to get full specs)

athalon dual core 4400+ 2.31 GHz
2gb RAM
32-bit OS

-Would like to be able to play new video games

I was thinking of buying a core 2 duo processor (around $99)
and some GeForce videocard

I think these two items are what would need to be upgraded. I'm looking to spend around $225 (ideally). I don't need anything top of the line, obv. Any suggestions?

edit: for an idea of what my computer CAN handle: Spore
CAN'T handle: GTA4, COD2+ , sports games past 08

Edited by rlesink, 18 July 2009 - 12:31 PM.

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#2 fairjoeblue


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Posted 18 July 2009 - 12:43 PM

"athalon dual core 4400+ 2.31 GHz"

That indicares a AMD CPU.
You will not be able to use any Intel CPU, that eliminates the Core2Duo

You already have a dual core CPU & 2GB of memory.

All you should need is a decent video card IF the unit has a decent enough power supply to run one.
From what I could find you should have a PCI-E video card slot.

Look up the system requirements for the games & see what video cards will play them all .
Base tour choice on that.

OK, liiked up GTA 4 ,

GTA 4 Minimum System Requirements
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8Ghz or equivalent AMD Athlon X2 64 2.4Ghz Memory/RAM: 1GB for XP and 1.5GB for Vista
Video Card: 256MB NVIDIA 7900 or 256MB ATI X1900

It looks like you're close , but no cee-gar on the3 CPU

From this thread on the Dell forum,


"You can use any of these:
AMD Athlon 64X2 kit, 5600+, 2.8G, 1MX2, Dual Core, 89Watt
AMD Athlon 64X2 Kit, 5600+, 2.9G, 1MX2, Dual Core, 89Watt
AMD Athlon 64X2 Kit, 6000+, 3.0G, 2MX2, Dual Core, 89 Watt"

BTW, If the specs in the thread are correct the Inspiron 531 has a 300w energy star power supply.
You will probably have to upgrade that according to the video card you buy.

Edited by fairjoeblue, 18 July 2009 - 12:53 PM.

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