I currently own a Inspiron 545 and was looking into upgrading the CPU. This computer is used as HTPC + Gaming
Current CPU is Pentium Dual Core E5300 2.6GHz FSB 800MHz. LGA 775
Motherboad is DG33M06, Bois version is A12
I was looking at upgrading to Core 2 Duo E8400 3GHz, 1333MHz FSB, LGA 775
Will have any issues with this upgrade?
Can i use the existing cooler from Dell?
Can i use the same RAM?
Where should i get one? How about used cpus?
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Used processors are all I use for computer upgrades, to date I've never had any issues with them, eBay/Amazon have always been a good source to buy them from.
Regards to memory, the Inspiron 545 MT supports 8gb [4 x2gb modules] of DDR2 RAM, for maximum performance, this needs to be installed in matching pairs.
A good source for memory is www.crucial.com
Regards to using the existing RAM, what is the default memory you now have installed?
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Thanks for the info, I'm definitely planning on buying the cpu from eBay.
As for RAM I have 2x 2Gb 2Rx8 PC2-6400U 666. I assume this will work with a E8400. Correct?
My goal is not to sink too much $ into this machine. So I'd prefer to keep my existing memory.
The procedure for removing and reinstalling the Inspiron 545 heatsink, are here on pages 20/22:
As you intend to reuse the heatsink, plan on cleaning it's base and reapplying thermal compound to the processor.
Directions for cleaning and applying thermal compound, are HERE.
Only need a small tube of thermal compound is needed, this can be purchased from any online, or local computer store.