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Windows 7: Dell Desktop 620 Power up

11 Jul 2015   #1
pclaptop23

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 
Dell Desktop 620 Power up

Hello all, I have a Dell Inspiron 620 that I would like to supercharge.

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Inspiron 620

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I currently have an i3 CPU/8gb ram and looked at upgrading the CPU to and i5 or i7. Most advised me that either it couldn't be done or that the increase in performance would be negligible. They cited BIOS and Chipset issues as well as power consumption current(s) that would be a deterrent to using the existing MB.

So with a budget of around 600 bucks for a new MB/CPU, what can I do to set this 4 year old Dell on fire and increase all around performance?

thanks in advance,

pclaptop


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11 Jul 2015   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Most advised you ?

Who is most ? Contact Dell to see what cpu you can put in there.

You should have no trouble upgrading to at least an i5, upgrading the PSU on a Dell is doable, but you would have to do some customizing with the power wires to turn it on, no real big deal.

I would consider building your own rig and not waste any money on the Dell.

But you could upgrade the cpu, max out the ram, or put at least 16 GB in it, and get a 980 or 980 Ti for it, and put windows on a ssd.

http://www.evga.com/default.asp

EVGA - Products - Power Supplies - Power Supplies - 850 Watts

SSD 850 EVO 2.5" SATA III 250GB | Samsung Solid State Drives
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11 Jul 2015   #3
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

According to this, it can take a 2nd generation i5 or possibly an i7, but you don`t even need and i7, find a good i5 sandy bridge for it on Ebay, or just punch up a 2nd gen i5 on Google to find a seller, not a used one.

Sandy Bridges are great cpu`s

Example, but you don`t need a K version, but this is a fine choice.

Amazon.com: Intel Core i5-2500K Quad-Core Processor 3.3 GHz 6 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80623I52500K: Electronics
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11 Jul 2015   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

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11 Jul 2015   #5
pclaptop23

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

thanks addram, "who and most" were googled replies and some actually came from the dell community forum. I forgot to add current graphic card is a nVidia geForce gtx 770 with 2gb ram! The current onboard bios and chipset will/would have no problem recognizing an i5 such as you suggest above? and the SSD is a doable option now that the prices are falling. yeah and putting perfume on this pig was in hindsight Not as best an idea as a newer case MB, CPU, faster ram and an SSD!
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11 Jul 2015   #6
pclaptop23

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

You said . . . 'But you could upgrade the cpu, max out the ram, or put at least 16 GB in it, and get a 980 or 980 Ti for it, and put windows on a ssd.' Hmmm i was under the impression that 8gb was max?? I can go to 16gb on this Dell? thanks again
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11 Jul 2015   #7
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

Here is the specs from the Dell manual. With only a 300 watt power supply I would consider upgrading that. Inspiron's (full size not the "S" or Compact model) use standard ATX Power Supplies.


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11 Jul 2015   #8
pclaptop23

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Yup I've replaced those slimline power supplies before, it's a bit of a trick but went from 300w to 550w. And someone else tried to tell me I could go up to 16gb ram(apparently not according to the specs above), I thought I was maxed out at 8gb. and it seems as though a CPU upgrade to and i5 cpu IS possible, I just wonder if there's a different chipset or BIOS in the i5 version of the Inspiron 620? Without going the new MB/Case/CPU/PwrSply/SSD drive route, I think I'll upgrade nVidia graphics to 960-980, upgrade the power supply to 550w, go to the i5 CPU (assuming there's no BIOS/Chipset issues) and get a SSD harddrive. anyway nothing is in concrete yet still doing some checking.
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11 Jul 2015   #9
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

Looking at the Dell specs they are the same for the 620S, also. Except it has an SFX power supply.

I would abandon the Compact (Slim) Dell case and go with a standard ATX style case and ATX power supply.
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11 Jul 2015   #10
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

For the mentioned $600 budget I'd just go for a new computer with the full warranty. Some good examples:
Desktop, Laptop, Workstation & Server Deals | Dell
The main problem usually is with getting the parts for an upgrade and if warranty service is needed, will have to deal with more than one company.
I haven't purchased a new Dell or other brand Desktop but have rehabbed several, one is a Dell Inspiron 580 which came with Win7 but will become my main Win10 Desktop after its release.
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