Solved To upgrade or not to upgrade Dell Inspiron 531 desktop

September 3, 2012 at 09:49:09
Specs: Linux x86_64)
I recently decided to mess around with my dell inspiron 531 hardware...

Here are my specs:

cpu- AMD Athlon x 2 dual core 4400+ / cpu socket- AM2
graphics- integrated GeForce 6150SE nForce 430
memory controller- MCP 61
ssd-Samsung 830 128gb (119gb)
ram- 4 1gb sticks of 667MHz DDR2 DIMM
BIOS- 1.0.3
mobo- RY206

Since i'm running Ubuntu version 12.04 64-bit on my computer and it's FAST! I believe it's thanks to the SSD. Note, I'm currently still running 2gb of ram, the other two sticks will be here shortly...

Anyways, I'm wondering what's the next best thing I can upgrade. But more importantly, do I need the upgrade. I'm just a basic user. One thing I am concerned of is, I want to get nba league pass again this year, and want it to stream smoothly on my computer. I believe my cpu usage shot up to like 100% and curious what will make it run without buffering every few seconds...

NOTE: I'm wired to basic home CLEAR with up to 1.5 mb/s. If I simply upgraded my internet connection, would this potentially be the fix. NOTE: I'd rather buy a hardware fix, instead of paying more every month.

As far as upgrading...I want a quad core processor. Question: Is Adobe Flash multi-threaded software? (I watch nba league pass using adobe)

I want a stronger and absolutely silent psu.

My daily routine consists of opening 6 tabs, playing music via banshee media player, watching movies, and watching video online. I would probably game, but don't want to bother using the "wine" emulator to play Microsoft games.

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September 3, 2012 at 19:02:35
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Don't bother with a quad (it's not supported anyway), but you should consider getting off the crappy onboard video. You don't necessarily need to spend a lot, especially since you won't be gaming with it. Plus you only have a 300W PSU so that would limit what you can get anyway. BTW, DDR2-667 is the wrong RAM for best performance, but there's no point swapping it out for DDR2-800.

Plenty of cheap cards here:

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