Jump to content


Register a free account to unlock additional features at BleepingComputer.com
Welcome to BleepingComputer, a free community where people like yourself come together to discuss and learn how to use their computers. Using the site is easy and fun. As a guest, you can browse and view the various discussions in the forums, but can not create a new topic or reply to an existing one unless you are logged in. Other benefits of registering an account are subscribing to topics and forums, creating a blog, and having no ads shown anywhere on the site.

Click here to Register a free account now! or read our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.


suggestions for updating my Dell Inspiron 531

  • Please log in to reply
1 reply to this topic

#1 rlesink


  • Members
  • 4 posts
  • Local time:10:06 PM

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.

BC AdBot (Login to Remove)


#2 fairjoeblue


  • Members
  • 1,594 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:USA
  • Local time:09:06 PM

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.

OCZ StealthXstream 700W,Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R , E8500, Arctic Freezer Pro 7, 3GB G.Skill PC8500,Gigabyte Radeon HD 4850 OC [1GB ], Seagate 250GB SATA II X2 in RAID 0, Samsung SATA DVD burner.

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users