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Useful Components from Dell Inspiron 3650 with i5-6400 8GB?

By scarlet27 ยท 7 replies
Mar 21, 2018
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  1. Pretty fed up with this PC's poor gaming performance. Discovered it only had a 240W PS so my better GPu won't work. The motherboard is also non standard so moving it to a different case doesn't appear to be an option.

    Since the CPU seems to still be a decent unit, I'm thinking of getting a new 1151 MB (C$110), mini ITX case($70), SSD($150), another 8GB of DDR3L ram($110), and reusing the i5-6400 with fan and 1TB HDD from the Inspiron, along with a spare 500W Corsair PS and Zoltec Nvidia 650GTS 2GB GPU.

    Any reason why this would not work?
     
  2. RaXoR

    RaXoR TS Addict Posts: 103   +69

    Obvious things to look for is compatibility between motherboard and CPU, motherboard form factor and case form factor. Do the same for the PSU form factor. Make sure that the RAM matches the existing RAM that you're porting over and that they can run in dual channel. Otherwise you should be fine and would only need a slight GPU upgrade. Make sure the case has enough clearance for the GPU.
     
  3. scarlet27

    scarlet27 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    Thanks for the comments, I will confirm MB/Case/PS have compatible form factors. PS is actually a CX750M (ATX), and the GPU is GTX650 which is compact but double slot width.
    It appears the CPU needs an LG1151 socket on the MB.
    https://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ...2JdVQC8ccNS9ESHGhvKW4WuXaB6-UYJgaAurjEALw_wcB

    If the MB supports DDR4 2133, would it automatically support DDR3L 1600?
    I confirmed that the CPU does. Perhaps I should just upgrade the DDR3L to DDR4 2133 ( 2 x 8GB)...
     
  4. RaXoR

    RaXoR TS Addict Posts: 103   +69

    Unless the board specifically claims that it supports DDR3L then no. That motherboard will work just fine with your CPU and your CPU supports DDR4 RAM. If that's the path you want to pursue then you'll have to purchase RAM, otherwise you'd have to seek a motherboard that allows you to utilize DDR3L RAM.

    What I meant by form factor is size. If you're looking at building on a mini-ITX motherboard that means you're looking at building a PC with a small form factor. In that case I'd recommend looking for a PSU such as: https://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139155

    If you're planning on building on a medium tower case or even a step down into the micro-ATX then I'd recommend finding a motherboard that fits the form factor instead. For example: https://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16813128980

    I'm guessing that the main attraction to that mini-ITX motherboard was the wireless feature that's integrated. In that case you could easily pop one of these in and be good to go: https://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320074 . There are no micro-ATX motherboards on the Canadian website that come with wireless built in sadly.

    There is also one micro-ATX motherboard that supports DDR3L RAM and that is this one: https://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIAE505Y15289 . The caveat is that it has an H110 chipset and it may have even less features compared to other motherboards.
     
  5. MaikuTech

    MaikuTech TS Maniac Posts: 792   +140

    No it will not ddr3 ram and ddr4 are different. read the links as given.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DDR3_SDRAM
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DDR4_SDRAM
     
  6. scarlet27

    scarlet27 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 10,568   +4,410

    I checked out the links they are compatible.
     
  8. RaXoR

    RaXoR TS Addict Posts: 103   +69

    Those are a solid choice, they will serve you well and be 100% compatible.
     

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