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Upgrade Compatible Motherboard With Computer

Dell / Inspiron 531
November 21, 2010 at 14:38:14
Specs: Windows Vista, 2 GHz / 2045 MB
Hi, I’m planning on upgrading my motherboard to a better one. My computer system is the Inspiron 531. I don’t want to use the current motherboard I have. At first I wanted to upgrade my AMD processor to a better one. And I didn’t really find any that suited my needs with an AM2 socket. So I found a AM3 processor that I would like to purchase. But to do that I would have to have a AM3 Motherboard. Can you recommend a new motherboard for me that is compatible with my computer that has an AM3 Socket?
Also, can you tell me how can I find a compatible Motherboard myself? Like what is its system requirements and etc. I mean like, to find a new motherboard, what am I looking for in a motherboard to find out if it's compatible with my computer? So that we can speed up the "finding motherboard" process.

Tech Specs
*Window Vista Home Prenium 32-bit
*AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+ 2.00GHz, Stepping 2, Socket AM2, L2 Cache: 1024KB
*2 GB RAM, 667Mhz, Data Width 64-Bit
*NVIDIA GT 240 1GB dedicated. PCI-Express x16
*Motherboard Model: 0RY206
*Power Supply 300 Watt
*Hard Drive Name: ST325082 0AS SCSI Disk Device, Capacity: 249GB
*CD ROM Drive: TSSTcorp DVD+-RW TS-H653B SCSI CDROM Device
*4 USB holes 2.0Speed in front of computer. And 4 USB holes 2.0 Speed In the back.

If there is anything else you guys need to know about my computer please tell me. So I can provide you with the information. I really want a new MB so I can get a better Processor.

Also, do NOT tell me to go to Dell Tech Support. I tried and they said no. Then I asked them is there any compatible motherboards that I can find for my system at BestBuy, CompUSA, SuperBiiz, MicroCenter, etc. And then they said, they don't know because they dont test "outside" products besides their own MB they make.

And if you guys do find something. My gosh, I would love you. And if I can't upgrade my MB...then well...I'm going to cry D;

Thank you for taking your time to reading my problem. ^_^

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November 21, 2010 at 14:46:13
Not worth the trouble would be my suggestion. You'd need different ram, maybe new psu, then you'd be mad since the new board offers maybe sata2 or some other feature, then you'd find out you want better graphics then you go nuts and ramble on and on.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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November 21, 2010 at 18:34:39
Stick with 45W or 65W CPUs or you will be forced to upgrade your power supply. Hopefully you understand that Windows will have to be reinstalled & your Dell disc may not be useable with a non-Dell board.

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