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A little processor help please anyone?

By Mark Farrelly
Oct 30, 2011
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  1. Hello to all,

    This is my first post here and i am in need of a little help. I am currently thinking of upgrading my processor as i think its really the only part of my system that is lacking a bit of power. To give a rough idea what im working with i have as follows:

    6523 Dell Inspiron 545 Intel Quad 1
    Core 2.5GHz 6GB Ram 750GB HDD
    ATI Radion HD 4 series ( Specifics i can provide later as i am not at the computer in question.

    Now im sure there is other information needed before anyone can help and i have done a little background research so im not completely brain dead when it comes to this topic, I just dont want to end up spending too much or too little on a processor and maybe even ordering something that is of no use to me.

    Any help is greatly appreciated.
  2. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    I don't think that the CPU warrants an upgrade. The Core 2 Quad Series is decent. Should not need an upgrade unless you're into very heavy content creation/3D Modelling/etc.
  3. Mark Farrelly

    Mark Farrelly TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Well this is just it you see, I studied special effects technology and use multiple software packages that are heavy on my processor. (Maya, Vue, zbrush, 3d max etc...)

    But i also want something with a bit more power for gamine as well. Especially when the new Battlefield 3 comes out!
  4. ihaveaname

    ihaveaname TS Enthusiast Posts: 127

    If you want a processor far superior to a Core 2 Quad, you'll probably need to upgrade your motherboard (and ostensibly RAM) and go for a Core i5 quad/Core i7 :(. The highest end Core 2 Quad, the QX9770, is better than your current one, but that performance increase probably wouldn't be worth the cost of that processor.
  5. Mark Farrelly

    Mark Farrelly TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Mother board details for what i have got are:

    Manufacturer Dell Inc.
    Model Name: 0N826N
    Model Revision: A03
    Chipset name: Intel p35/g33/g31
    Chipset Rev:A2
    SouthBridge: Intel 82801IR (ICH9R)

    Memory: DDR2
    Channels: 2
    Size: 6144MB


    So if that motherboard isnt up to spec for a new processor of any real improvement, what about over clocking? I know nothing about it apart from the basics. and up until now that is why i have stayed away from it, I dont want to end up using my Dell as a BBQ for the last time :)
  6. ReviverSoft

    ReviverSoft TS Rookie Posts: 30

    Looks like you need a good CPU and a GPU.

    Some of the programs and of the course the games, stand to benefit greatly from a good GPU. Now unless you have a HD4870 or HD4890 currently installed, your GPU is considerably weak.

    1. You really need to know what you're doing. No shortcuts here.
    2. Your current hardware should be OC'ble. (Mobo - guessing NO)
    3. You may also need better CPU cooling (aftermarket HSF), if you're planning to do some serious overclocking.
  7. Mark Farrelly

    Mark Farrelly TS Rookie Topic Starter

    My GPU is as follows :
    Radeon HD 4350
    Memory Size: 512MB
    Technology: 55 nm
    Directx Ver: 11.0

    3D App:
    Core;615MHz
    Shaders; 405MHz
    Memory: -1MHz

    So is this a bit weak?
  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,937   +1,473

    If you want to play games you need something better than a Radeon HD 4350.

    I know because that is what I had before I bought a GeForce GTS 450. The GTS 450 is classified as a low grade gaming card but has 6 times better performance than a HD 4350.
  9. ReviverSoft

    ReviverSoft TS Rookie Posts: 30

    It most certainly is. This is the kind of entry level card that is used in HTPCs or basic entertainment rigs.

    Now a decent starting point with ATI cards would be the HD5670. There are plenty of better cards to choose from, although you need to keep the price and PSU requirement in mind.

    Your Dell probably has a low-quality, OEM (generic) PSU in it, which will not do justice to any new video card (a good one of course) you buy.

    A lot of people don't pay heed to the importance of a good PSU and regret it later. Not only will the new PSU offer enough power for the new video card, it will also go on to power your system reliably for years to come.
  10. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 737

    Most Dell Inspiron 545's came with a 300w Delta PSU. Delta is an excelent brand and very reliable but at 300w it won't run anything but an entry-leval video card.
  11. ReviverSoft

    ReviverSoft TS Rookie Posts: 30

    Thanks for the info.

    I would rather say "popular", as they are the OEM of choice for a few brands.

    That said, OEM PSUs generally aren't high-quality or efficient for low-med end systems. There is a reason why brands like Dell, HP, Acer etc.. go in for OEM PSUs and that's because they are basic and cheap. Just about enough for the standard system configuration.

    However, the high-wattage PSUs from Delta have always been very good quality.

    For sure.
     


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