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#1 Geodude

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 02:48 AM

I've searched the boards and still cannot get a definitive answer to my question, so here goes: I've successfully upgraded my Dell Inspiron 530 to 4 gigs RAM (yes, I'm aware I can only use 3.3 Gigs), have a GeForce 8400 GS video, and also upgraded the bios to the latest version which supports most dual-core cpu's (1.0.18) with no problems. I have the 0RY007 mobo (as opposed to the "other 530 mobo which supports quad-cores) and a 1.8 GHz E2160 cpu, and want to upgrade it to the E7500.

Other topics ( including http://en.community.dell.com/support-forum...2/19712175.aspx ) have mentioned the E7400, E8400, and E8500, but I can get my hands on an inexpensive E7500. Foxconn's site (Dell's mobo manufacturer for my system) shows my Mobo as accepting an "Engineering Sample" E7500 with a pass, but apparently a "regular" (retail?) version was not tested. Will my system handle the E7500 OK, or does it have some unique "problem" as far as the upgrade goes (I see that it does have a higher multiplier than all of the other compatible cpu's)? The E7500 seems to be conspicuously absent from all upgrade lists, with most other dual cores being on the list.

I've talked to several Dell tech support people and they can't tell me with certainty if this E7500 upgrade will work, so thanks for any clarification you can provide!

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 06:52 PM

Im not sure I could either. I would say theres a high chance it would, and if you can get the CPU with a return policy, I would say go for it, that way if it don't work you can return it. If It doesn't have a return policy, I think I would spend the extra money on a CPU thats garenteed to work, intel motherboards are notoriously picky about what CPUs will and won't work.

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 08:45 PM

In agreement with what the_patriot09 suggested and referring to link you had specified, the motherboard *should* support the E7500 after a BIOS upgrade.

One of the primary features of a BIOS upgrade, is to introduce support for newer processors.
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