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Akakashi
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Inspiron 546s, gaming upgrades?

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Hey everyone, I found an old Inspiron 546s at my parents house and I was wondering if there was a way to upgrade it for gaming at least just enough to play a few games like Fallout or some Gary's mod. I'm just getting into working with computers and just need a little guidance. This is what I have.

Dell Inspiron 546s,

OS: Windows 7 64-bit

Processor: AMD Athlon II X3 400e 2.20GHz

Ram: 6.00 gb

Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 3200

Hard Drive: Samsung HD642JJ 500gb

Disk Drive:  PLDS DVD+-RW DH-16AAS

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speedstep
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Re: Inspiron 546s, gaming upgrades?

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Windows 10 will work on this.  Not supported but it works.

You install it clean from DVD and use the Windows 7 COA key to activate.

https://www.newegg.com/microsoft-windows-10-home-64-bit-installation-recovery-disc-only-no-license-k...

GT1030 GDDR5 Video card is recommended.  

You use windows 7 drivers for video and audio etc.

https://www.amazon.com/ZOTAC-GeForce-DirectX-Profile-ZT-P10300A-10L/dp/B0711NWFJX

https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0722WZJST/

 

Description Importance Version Released Supported OS Download
AMD Radeon HD 2400 PRO (128MB PCI-Express x16 (DVI/VGA) RV610), Radeon HD 2600 XT(256MB PCI-Express x16 (Dual DVI) RV630), Radeon HD 2600 XT(256MB PCI-Express x16 (Dual DVI) RV630), Radeon HD 3650(256MB PCI-Express X16(DVI/DP/HDMI) RV635), Radeon HD4670 512MB DDR3(Dual DVI), Radeon HD4350 (512MB), Radeon HD3450 (256MB PCI-Express x16 RV620), v.8.63WHQL, A00
Win7 WHQL driver for AMD gfx cardMore details
Recommended 8.63WHQL 8/19/2009 Windows 7 32-bit
Windows 7 64-bit
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AMD Xpert(Raid), v.2.4.1546.4, A00
AMD RAID utility More details
Description   CHIPSET Download
  • Description Download
    Creative Labs PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Application
    This package provides the Creative Labs PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Application and is supported on Alienware Desktop AURORA-R4, Inspiron Desktop 660/620/620S, Vostro Desktop 470/460 and XPS Desktop 8300 that are running the following Windows Operating Systems: XP, Vista and Windows 7.More details
  • Type: Driver
    Description Download
    VIA 1708S, v.6.0.01.7410, A01
    VIA audio driver on windows 7More details

     

Description Download
nVidia Nvidia M114n/ML114n (D11M0-30) NV G310 (512M GDDR3), v.191.23, A05
More details
AMD AMD RS780, v.8.63, A00
AMD SRS780 driver on windows 7 and VistaMore details

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speedstep
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Re: Inspiron 546s, gaming upgrades?

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Windows 10 will work on this.  Not supported but it works.

You install it clean from DVD and use the Windows 7 COA key to activate.

https://www.newegg.com/microsoft-windows-10-home-64-bit-installation-recovery-disc-only-no-license-k...

GT1030 GDDR5 Video card is recommended.  

You use windows 7 drivers for video and audio etc.

https://www.amazon.com/ZOTAC-GeForce-DirectX-Profile-ZT-P10300A-10L/dp/B0711NWFJX

https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0722WZJST/

 

Description Importance Version Released Supported OS Download
AMD Radeon HD 2400 PRO (128MB PCI-Express x16 (DVI/VGA) RV610), Radeon HD 2600 XT(256MB PCI-Express x16 (Dual DVI) RV630), Radeon HD 2600 XT(256MB PCI-Express x16 (Dual DVI) RV630), Radeon HD 3650(256MB PCI-Express X16(DVI/DP/HDMI) RV635), Radeon HD4670 512MB DDR3(Dual DVI), Radeon HD4350 (512MB), Radeon HD3450 (256MB PCI-Express x16 RV620), v.8.63WHQL, A00
Win7 WHQL driver for AMD gfx cardMore details
Recommended 8.63WHQL 8/19/2009 Windows 7 32-bit
Windows 7 64-bit
Description Download
AMD Xpert(Raid), v.2.4.1546.4, A00
AMD RAID utility More details
Description   CHIPSET Download
  • Description Download
    Creative Labs PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Application
    This package provides the Creative Labs PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Application and is supported on Alienware Desktop AURORA-R4, Inspiron Desktop 660/620/620S, Vostro Desktop 470/460 and XPS Desktop 8300 that are running the following Windows Operating Systems: XP, Vista and Windows 7.More details
  • Type: Driver
    Description Download
    VIA 1708S, v.6.0.01.7410, A01
    VIA audio driver on windows 7More details

     

Description Download
nVidia Nvidia M114n/ML114n (D11M0-30) NV G310 (512M GDDR3), v.191.23, A05
More details
AMD AMD RS780, v.8.63, A00
AMD SRS780 driver on windows 7 and VistaMore details

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Akakashi
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Re: Inspiron 546s, gaming upgrades?

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Thanks I'm going to check that out...I read In another post saying that the the AMD Phenom X4 945 is compatible. Would it be worth the upgrade?

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speedstep
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Re: Inspiron 546s, gaming upgrades?

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S models do not support upgrade processors because they lack enough power.

 


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Akakashi
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Re: Inspiron 546s, gaming upgrades?

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Thanks again for your help. So I guess my last question would be is this one worth investing in or should I invest in a newer PC?
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