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Brettalley
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Dell Inspiron 531 cpu upgrade

My Inspiron 531 has the AMD Athlon 64 x2 4400+ 2.3ghz cpu and i would like to know if its possible to install and upgrade to

the Athlon 64 x2 6000+ 3.0ghz cpu??? Is there a better one that i could upgrade to? also if it is possible can u plz direct me

to any information on how do this upgrade? Thanks much for the help!

                                                                                                       Bret...

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shesagordie
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Re: Dell Inspiron 531 cpu upgrade

 Brettalley

These processors are compatible with the Inspiron 531.

Athlon 64 X2 5400+ 2.7Ghz 65W Brisbane
Athlon 64 X2 5600+ 2.8Ghz 89W Windsor
Athlon 64 X2 5600+ 2.9Ghz 65W Brisbane
Athlon 64 X2 6000+ 3.0Ghz 89W Windsor
Athlon 64 X2 6000+ 3.1Ghz 89W Brisbane

As are the following.

Athlon 64 X2 4050e 2.1Ghz 45W Brisbane
Athlon 64 X2 4450e 2.3Ghz 45W Brisbane

Prior to upgrading the processor, you need to upgrade the BIOS to the latest version.

Bev.

 

 


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Brettalley
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Re: Dell Inspiron 531 cpu upgrade

Thank you Bev, that 6000+ brisbane looks very nice.

Hope the bios update works for me.

Bret

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shesagordie
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Re: Dell Inspiron 531 cpu upgrade

Brettalley

You are welcome.

Before update the BIOS, check which version that's installed in your 531, the latest version is1.0.13 when the support for newer processors was added.

Before installing read the instructions carefully and don't use Dell's download Manager, choose 'Download Using My Browser' when selecting the file to download.

Bev.

 

 


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jsktx
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Re: Dell Inspiron 531 cpu upgrade

If you happen to have BIOS version 1.0.12 you don't need to upgrade for a 6000+ Brisbane.  Anyway the 6000+ Brisbane is a good upgrade.  I'm running it in two of my Inspiron 531"s.

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Brettalley
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Re: Dell Inspiron 531 cpu upgrade

Thankyou bev and jsktx Smiley Happy  i only have bios ver. 1.0.3 so looks like i must mess with the bios if i want to upgrade. I have a few bids on ebay and it looks like it should only cost $50-$100 for the 6000+ bris, real nice for a 2.3GHz to 3.1GHz upgrade. I'll do the bios when i have cpu in hand. also hey,hows that cpu do with stock cooler?

thanks again guys Smiley Happy

Bret

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shesagordie
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Re: Dell Inspiron 531 cpu upgrade

Brettalley

You are welcome and good luck with the upgrade.

The default heatsink should be fine, remember to clean the base of the heatsink and reapply the thermal compound.

Bev.

 

 

 


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Re: Dell Inspiron 531 cpu upgrade

Question MY 531 came with a sempron LE-1300 2.3g processor. Will it still accept the 6000+ dualcore swap or am I stuck in the single core world? I allready have the latest bios update so can I just get a dual core 6000+ (89W of corse) and stick her in and be good to go ???? Also beings mine is in a full size case NOT the slim case would I be better off with an aftermarket cooler or is the stock cooler going to be enuff? I do do a bit of gamming on it so I don't want to kill the new chip. Is the PSU going to be able to handle the bigger TDP? going from 45W to 89W? sorry about all the questions but I'm still learning Smiley Happy

 

Chuck

Inspiron 531 Sempron LE-1300+ 2.3gHz bone stock except for the internal memory card reader. (looking to fix that though)

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jsktx
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Re: Dell Inspiron 531 cpu upgrade

You can install just about any Athlon 64 X2 in your 531.  Just stay away from 125W processors.  No Athlon II's or quad's will work.  As for the heatsink, if you have a very short heatsink (some 531 with Sempron's come with these) then try to purchase a CPU that comes with a heatsink/fan.  OEM CPUs do not come with heatsinks.  Otherwise you'll have to purchase an aftermarket heatsink/fan.  Just be sure to get one with a 4-pin connection.

A good choice right now is either the 5600+ 2.9Ghz or the 5800+ 3.0Ghz Brisbanes.  Both of these are fairly available and would give you a noticable improvement.  Another option, if you can find one, is the 6000+ 3.1Ghz Brisbane, but this one is pretty hard to find.  Stay away from the 6000+ 3.0Ghz 125W Windsor.  Since you game this one would be a bad choice, it produces to much heat and your existing heatsink/fan no matter what size wouldn't support it.

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Re: Dell Inspiron 531 cpu upgrade

Thanx for the fast reply JSKTX I was going to ask if I can use a 6400+ black eddition but I noticed in your sigline that you are running it . the one I was looking at is 125W ? you said to stay away from them how do you keep your's cool ? I liked the idea of getting almost a fill gig of upgrade so if it's possible can you share the seacreat?? I don't mind getting inside if I need to even doing a bit of modding if it's needed so teach me pleaseSmiley Happy wanting to get as much out of her as I can ! ! !  I also noticed that I'm not seeing all of the 4 gig's of ram I have installed? Is there a reason  Belarc only see's 3520 mb???

 

Thanx in advance,

Chuck

Inspiron 531 Sempron LE-1300+ 2.3gHz bone stock except for the internal memory card reader. (looking to fix that though)

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