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hi guys I need some help my friend has a Dell Inspiron 530 Mini Tower (service tag C9YZRG1) and I need to know the BEST CPU upgrade that that machine can handle. According to a lengthy chat to the (idiot) non english speaking guy from dell he said ANY core 2 Duo CPU and any "Pentium Quad Core" (not core 2 quad) Ive nvr heard of a Pentium quad core. anyway I was looking online and i liked the Core 2 Duo E8500 @3.16GHz which is MUCH better than my friend has now. (If I can use a quad core PLEASE let me know) However I need to know for certainty that the processor he buys WILL work with his computer. I know dell likes to put OEM limitations on their stuff so thats why I am turning to you guys for some good advice. PLEASE let me know ASAP. Thanks in advance!! :)
 
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My first question would be, why do we need to upgrade the CPU? There are definitely options, and at least two quad-core CPUs that will work with the socket type on that Dell machine, but without knowing the reasons for the upgrade it's hard to make an accurate recommendation.
 

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reason?? to get better performance on my games :D I just wanna know whach 2 quad cores WILL fit. remember that this is probably a propierity system so I would like if possible links to the 2 CPUs and just your opinion as to how you know it will work
 
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To be honest, upgrading your CPU won't net you very much of a performance increase, if any. Modern gaming generally utilizes only one core of a CPU, with very limited games utilizing two. GPU on the other hand will account for 80%+ of your gaming performance.

Anyhow, to the topic of CPUs, here is a link to the owner's manual:
http://www.dell.com/support/Manuals...ms/inspd530/en/OM/HTML/appendix.htm#wp1123070

And here is a link with a list of compatible CPUs according to the Inspiron 530 owner's manual:
http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/cpu/#k=13&sort=a6

There are plenty to choose from, and more quadcore processors than I originally thought.

Two things:
1) Make sure the BIOS is up to date on the motherboard, as certain compatible CPUs were added at a later date.
2) A CPU upgrade will gain you extremely minimal performance increase, if any at all. You would be better off looking at a new video card/PSU combo to increase gaming performance.
 

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ty very much for your help the video card is alrdy pretty good its older but is nice its HD 2600XT 128bit card and to the gaming topic im not planning on playing anything BAD A** lol just some low to med gaming ty for your help if theres any tips you can provide possibly a link so I can email it to me friend on how to remove and replace a cpu preferebly one thats detailed for a novice also would I have to upgrade the PSU and if so which one are the fastest for the stock PSU ty also what brand Thermal paste do u recommend?
 
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What kind of games, like facebook games? Depending, that card may work fine for you. If you're playing any Steam games, WoW, or really anything released in the past 6-8ish years I'd consider upgrading the card first. Lemme know what games specifically and I can let you know if it's important to look at upgrading the card or not.

As far as removing & replacing a CPU, just type "CPU installation" into youtube, there are tons of tutorial videos, watch a few and go from there.

As far as upgrading the PSU, you SHOULD be fine if you only upgrade the CPU and nothing else. This depends on the games you play though. Let me know which games and if a card upgrade would be beneficial, I would suggest upgrading PSU as well.

I'd like to re-iterate again though, that upgrading your CPU will not likely gain you much (if any) performance gains for gaming.
 
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I would strongly recommend upgrading the video card instead of the CPU to see performance gains on those games. Your card isn't terrible, but an upgrade in card quality will be more noticeable than a cpu upgrade.
 

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well what cna I get for 50 bucks that would power over on that card?
 
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I specifically picked the 6670 because once you jump to 6770 it requires an additional 6pin power connector for the card, which would definitely require a PSU upgrade for you.
 
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I'm not too familiar with Antec but I personally use a Corsair PSU and will vouch that they are a good brand.
 

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what nvidia card do you think would exceed my current one? hd 2600XT
 
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