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Dell Inspiron 530s

I have a Dell Inspiron 530s tower that runs great but is currently running Windows XP. I would like to upgrade it. I don't know much about buying hardware but I was advised to meet today's standards to upgrade it to:
Intel core i3 or i5
6GB RAM
1TB hard drive
Windows 64-bit.
I would like to know if it's much cost effective to take it to a computer shop and have these upgrades done or to buy them online, then have them installed. Any suggestions? Can I buy these items from other websites other than Dell that are compatible?

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The 530s is a series

Rather than lose any more time, just post a link to your exact model.

Most XP machines didn't have 6GB RAM and many didn't upgrade over 2GB. Let's get your full model info on your next post. Let's hope it's a link.

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Link to PC
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OK, the only CPU listed is the Core2Quad q9400
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/category.aspx?category_id=7956&c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&mfgpid=192778

That CPU might be best sourced from Ebay.

The motherboard is your usual Socket 755 so it's not going to any i3 or such.

Be sure the BIOS is up to date and then use Crucial.com to get some RAM.

Frankly at close to 200 bucks and we have yet to get a Windows OS you are fast approaching what a new desktop PC will be.

http://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Electronics-Desktop-Computers/zgbs/electronics/565098 finds refurb and new Windows 7 PCs starting at 300.
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Don't

You'll end up gutting the entire machine.
The cost of parts and labor will be more than a new machine.

If your not into gaming shop the sales at your local office supply stores.
If something pops up you can quickly go there and take a look at it.

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Been there and done that

I had a Dell 530s a few years ago and found that upgrades were very slim pickin's . It was a Vista machine though.
The only upgrades I was allowed was after market PSU , (400 watts)
an ATI 5450 GPU
and went up to 4 GB of Ram . I turned it into a Linux computer and it ran well until 2 of the old brittle rear usb ports broke on the motherboard.
SSD's were just coming out than so I was left with the old 320 GB HDD.

Being a SFF there just wasn't many parts to choose from
I would recommend buying a new/refurb in a larger tower

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Don't even try...

The Dell 530, no matter what version is a dated PC. Just getting the best for it, won't be cost effective. In fact as others point out its going to cost too much in effect you're replacing the PC. You'll be better off getting a generic or DIY type case and darn good PSU and add items from there. Once, you're done you'll be better off than sticking with the 530 in any form. I further suggest to save costs, buy a "white box" or basic, case and mtrbd. already installed as a singular item and add the mouse, kybd., etc. from old PC and go from that. Manty of the non-OEM vendors like NewEgg and Tiger offer such systems and I'm sure other do too, just google away. Of course, skip tjis and just buy a "used PC" of better innards from OEM's like Dell being refurbed or repaired returns, etc. at lower costs than new. All this combines that depending on your wallet, you'll be better served than rebuilding a 530, believe me.

tada -----Willy Happy

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