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Inspiron 530 upgrade/maximize

I would like to get the most out of this PC. This is as stock as it gets currently. Given it's age I should be able to make some relatively cheap upgrades to significantly increase the speed (I think).

Operating System
Windows 7 Enterprise 32-bit

CPU
Intel Pentium E2140 @ 1.60GHz 44 °C
Conroe 65nm Technology

RAM
2.00GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 332MHz (5-5-5-15)

Motherboard
Dell Inc. 0RY007 (Socket 775) 35 °C

Graphics
DELL SE198WFP (1440x900@60Hz)
Intel G33/G31 Express Chipset Family (Dell)

Storage
149GB Seagate ST3160815AS ATA Device (SATA) 38 °C
465GB Western Digital WD 5000AAJ External USB Device (USB (SATA)) 35 °C
465GB Western Digital WD 5000AAJ External USB Device (USB (SATA)) 41 °C
1396GB Western Digital WD My Book 1110 USB Device (USB (SATA)) 39 °C

Optical Drives
HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GSA-H31N ATA Device
WD Virtual CD 1110 USB Device
TSSTcorp CDRWDVD TS-H493B ATA Device

Audio
High Definition Audio Device

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RoHe
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RE: Inspiron 530 upgrade/maximize

Might help if you said what you use the PC for (eg, gaming, video etc) and what you hope to gain by upgrading.

Just glancing at your specs, you don't have very much RAM, though 32-bit Win 7 can only use ~3-3.5 GB of RAM. You could add another 2 GB, even though you won't be able to use a portion of that added RAM.

This system probably will support 64-bit Win 7 and you have 4 RAM slots so you should be able to get to use at least 4 GB of available RAM, and maybe even 8 GB, though Dell hasn't tested it for that much RAM (and probably will require you to flash BIOS to the latest version, if you don't already have it.

And read this thread for more about adding RAM to the 530.

Only you can decide whether to invest $ in an old system or look for a new one...

Ron

   Forum Member since 2004
   I am not a Dell employee

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rdunnill
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RE: Inspiron 530 upgrade/maximize

This system probably will support 64-bit Win 7
It will support 7 x64, and probably 10 x64. (I have a similar model, a Vostro 220s, configured with 10 x64.)

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