dr_drift
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Inspiron 531 CPU Upgradability?

Are there any restrictions on what kind of CPU upgrades can be done on the Inspiron 531?

I'm looking at this particular AMD 64 X2 6000+ processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103772

 

The computer currently has the 4400+. I've upgraded the PSU to an OCZ ModXStream 550W.

 

And help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Re: Inspiron 531 CPU Upgradability?

That processor will work however, if you're are a gamer or use applications that put stress on the computer I wouldn't recommend it.  At 125w is produces a great deal of heat.  If you do get it be sure you have at least 1.0.11 BIOS udpate and get a good aftermarket heatsink/fan.  I use the 6400+ which is also a 125w CPU, but I'm not a gamer and do anything that really puts stress on my PC.  Also used the heatsink/fan that came with the processor and haven't had any problems with heat.  Another choice if you can find it is the 6000+ 89w 3.1Ghz Brisbane.  I use this processor in two other Inspiron 531 computers and it runs great.

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piranhamoose
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Re: Inspiron 531 CPU Upgradability?

The 6400+ 125W does run hot (>65C under full load with the retail AMD heatsink).  I swapped out the 6000+ 89W Windsor and the 6400+ a few times just to see how hot each would run under full load.  I found that the 6000+ 89W Windsor ran much cooler even with Cool and Quiet disabled (34C-40C idle and 61C full load), which made it just as responsive as the 6400+.

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Re: Inspiron 531 CPU Upgradability?

Impressive upgrades.  Thanks for sharing.

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dr_drift
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Re: Inspiron 531 CPU Upgradability?

I really appreciate the feedback. I weighed my options and, since I'd be using the computer for gaming and wanted more future upgrade options, decided to sell my Inspiron start an AM3/sli build. My Inspiron has been awesome, though, and it really changed my opinion of Dell for the better because of the upgrade-friendly hardware and ease of use. Before I owned it, I wouldn't have been confident enough to build a computer myself. Tinkering around in the Inspiron, though, I got there. I'll remember that when people on "hardcore" computer forums snicker at Dell owners.

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