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Windows 7: Upgrading My Dell Inspiron Laptop

22 Aug 2010   #1
ishmael9100

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Upgrading My Dell Inspiron Laptop

Hey Windows 7 Users. I want to make my Laptop a lot better and faster but I'm not sure on what to upgrade. Take a look at my specs and could you tell me on what I could upgrade? I know that I cannot upgrade my Graphics Card because of Intel's Intergrated Cards but what else could I upgrade? Any suggestions would be great. Thanks and have a good day


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22 Aug 2010   #2
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

They aren't cheap, but you will benefit from a SSD (solid state drive).
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22 Aug 2010   #3
ishmael9100

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
They aren't cheap, but you will benefit from a SSD (solid state drive).
Thank you for the suggestion I will add Rep for that.
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22 Aug 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I just replaced the spinning disk in my 2007 HP laptop (it has also a 1.8GHz CPU, but only 2GBs RAM) with an 80GB Intel SSD. It runs a lot faster (Vista) and cooler, but one is also limited in disk space (with a desktop that would ot be a problem). That is a point you have to consider.
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22 Aug 2010   #5
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

These links may be of use:
________________________________________
SSD
Storage - AnandTech :: Your Source for Hardware Analysis and News
OCZ Technologyy
Intel® Solid State Drives
Intel® Solid State Drive Toolbox
Enabling Trim Support in Windows 7
How do I know that Trim is working?
Hardware Analysis & News-See SSD and Bench sections
ATTO Disk Benchmark


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22 Aug 2010   #6
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

According to the service manual available at support.dell.com, your CPU is socketed (Socket P, I think), so that you could, in principle, replace the CPU.

It looks like a version of the 1545 is sold with a Core 2 Duo P8700 (2.53GHz). www.newegg.com (doesn't serve the UK) has it for $218.

Basically, though, I doubt that it would make sense to spend a lot of money upgrading an Inspiron 1545, even if you have the skills so that you wouldn't have to pay someone to do it for you.

Your most cost-effective upgrade could be a better laptop.

However, it's like automobiles. I see many customized Honda Civics driving around. Some may even be fast cars. Seems silly to me, but they are far from rare.
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22 Aug 2010   #7
ishmael9100

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
According to the service manual available at support.dell.com, your CPU is socketed (Socket P, I think), so that you could, in principle, replace the CPU.

It looks like a version of the 1545 is sold with a Core 2 Duo P8700 (2.53GHz). www.newegg.com (doesn't serve the UK) has it for $218.

Basically, though, I doubt that it would make sense to spend a lot of money upgrading an Inspiron 1545, even if you have the skills so that you wouldn't have to pay someone to do it for you.

Your most cost-effective upgrade could be a better laptop.

However, it's like automobiles. I see many customized Honda Civics driving around. Some may even be fast cars. Seems silly to me, but they are far from rare.
Hmm...That might have to be something I will have to think about. I agree with what you have just said, it doesn't make sense spending a lot of money upgrading. I might just leave it as it is and wait until another Laptop comes a long. The Laptop I have isn't made for gaming, but it's made for Multimedia and stuff like Animation, Music making and HD 1080p playback but as a Gamer, this is frustrating. But, the good side of this is that I'm a composer (I compose Piano Music) and love Music and also Animation as much as Gaming so I can compose my own Music using this Laptop.
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22 Aug 2010   #8
ishmael9100

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
These links may be of use:
________________________________________
SSD
Storage - AnandTech :: Your Source for Hardware Analysis and News
OCZ Technologyy
Intel® Solid State Drives
Intel® Solid State Drive Toolbox
Enabling Trim Support in Windows 7
How do I know that Trim is working?
Hardware Analysis & News-See SSD and Bench sections
ATTO Disk Benchmark


________________________________________
Wow! Thanks!
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22 Aug 2010   #9
songkrai

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
According to the service manual available at support.dell.com, your CPU is socketed (Socket P, I think), so that you could, in principle, replace the CPU.

It looks like a version of the 1545 is sold with a Core 2 Duo P8700 (2.53GHz). www.newegg.com (doesn't serve the UK) has it for $218.

Basically, though, I doubt that it would make sense to spend a lot of money upgrading an Inspiron 1545, even if you have the skills so that you wouldn't have to pay someone to do it for you.

Your most cost-effective upgrade could be a better laptop.

However, it's like automobiles. I see many customized Honda Civics driving around. Some may even be fast cars. Seems silly to me, but they are far from rare.

Excellent analogy.

I don't get it with the Honda Civics et al. With the US 1-2 grand rims. Huge speakers.

And with an older laptop. I'd just sell the old one and get a new one.

I guess if one enjoys doing this then it is a hobby. And all should have one or two hobbies.
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23 Aug 2010   #10
Harvey Meale

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit, BackTrack 4, Ubuntu
 
 

Hi ishmael9100,

I've got the same PC as you, and it runs everything I need to use it for perfectly. My motto's always been, 'Why fix something that is working normally?'. However, if you're looking to upgrade because you want more from it in high performance situations, I'd recommend upgrading the CPU. The Celeron has never been amazing, and you can do much better than that. Performance wise, you'll see a huge improvement just from tweaking that. Is there anything in particular that you wanted to get from upgrading your system?

Thanks,
Harvey Meale
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