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Upgrading my Dell

Hi,

I have a Dell Dimension 9150 and I was wondering whether it is possible I could upgrade it to use Intel Core i5 Processor and Windows 7? I know this may seem a very silly question but I have no idea about the technicalities of a computer. I do not have the sufficient funds to buy a whole new computer so was wondering whether I can upgrade my current one, which I love to bits... but it is getting quite old now (6 years or so) I recently had a new graphics card put in and now I would like to boost the speed of my gaming.

The games I use are The Sims 3 and all expansions.

Thank you.

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No, you can't upgrade a 9150 in such a manner.

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Unfortunately you can install only Intel® Pentium® 4 Socket-T with Hyper-Threading or Dual-Core PSU, which is not worth doing.

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6 Thallium
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No, you can't upgrade a 9150 in such a manner.

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Unfortunately you can install only Intel® Pentium® 4 Socket-T with Hyper-Threading or Dual-Core PSU, which is not worth doing.

Inspiron 570 remastered in Cooler Master HAF 912 case

6 intake and exhaust 120 mm FANS <> Phenom II x4 965 BE OC to 4.0GHz <> Cooler Master Hyper 612 <> MSI 660 2GB OC <> 180 GB Intel 520 SSD, 1TB Seagate Barracuda 64 MB Cache HDD for Games as extension of SSD, 500 GB WD Caviar Blue HDD as data and 160 GB WD as backup (through PCI SATA card) <> 8 GB Corsair DDR3 1333 <>Hitachi GH70N DVD <> Corsair GS 600 PSU <> Battlefield 3 60 FPS on ULTRA

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Thank you for your respnses. Could you suggest anything else I can do to improve game performance?

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I have searched for the Intel® Pentium® 4 Socket-T with Hyper-Threading and found this: www.intel.com/.../pentium4htxe could you please tell me whether that is compatible with my Dimension 9150? Why do you think it is not worth  doing? Anything is better than what speed it runs at now. Will it make it any faster/better to run The Sims 3 on?

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If you want to speed up your 9150, I suggest an SSD, more memory and a better video card.

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Thanks for your response. :emotion-1:

Please may you elaborate as to what an SSD is? I have recently had a new video card put in which is this one: http://www.ozone3d.net/public/jegx/201105/asus_hd6670_01.jpg

I am happy to upgrade to a better video card again but what one would be compatible with an XP nowadays that is still able to run games? (I really only use The Sims 3 and all expansions, sometimes Left 4 Dead as well but rarely)

If you would like - I can post my computers specs too.

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If you're still using XP, I don't recommend an SSD (Solid State Drive).

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I want to upgrade to Windows 7 - I have used the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor and its possible to upgrade if I download latest drivers for certain programs.

How much of an improvement do you think an SSD would be to what I have now? I don't mind spending the money if it does what I want it to without me buying a whole new computer. I'd just like to upgrade this one.

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An SSD used for the OS boot drive will bring a huge boost in performance, and you can move it over to a new PC you might buy in the future. (Most new PCs don't have SSDs.)

Once you try an SSD, you won't go back! However, XP, being as old as it is, is reputedly not a good choice for SSDs, due to factors like defragmentation (which only serves to prematurely wear out an SSD).

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