pentium dual core e5300, 2.60ghz - any decent upgrades?

Bill_148

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I've a Dell Inspirion 545S (slimline) - circa 2009 - which I assume is an LGA 775 socket - but I don't know which is the motherboard part.
I've 6mb ram and am running windows 10 'reasonably' for general MS Office and plenty of Firefox - no gaming, no graphics intense work. Is it worth my while to find a cpu upgrade?
Many thanks
 

DBCooper53

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e8400, e8500 or e8600 is the best options if the motherboard allow; you might need to update the BIOS for support prior to changing out the CPU. You will see an noticeable performance increase but whether or not it's worth the time and money is subjective.
 
It probably is not much of issue based on your usage, use your Windows Task Manager to monitor your CPU usage. But for a very small amount of money ($13.50) you could double your CPU's power by getting the E8400 from here
https://pcpartpicker.com/product/Kwbp99/intel-cpu-eu80570pj0806m

If you want to look at faster processors then we need to determine your mobo model, it will determine whether you can use a quad core CPU.
http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/desktop/f/3514/t/19511448

To determine your system configuration download this program (its free)
http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

It will extract information on your CPU (CPU/Caches), mobo (Mainboard), memory timings (Memory), installed RAM model and standard timings (SPD) and video card (Graphics)
http://www.filecluster.com/reviews/wp-content/uploads/2...

As well, open up the case and look at the Power Supply Unit (PSU), there should be a label which gives you make and model. If you want, just take a picture and upload it to the Imgur website, it is free to join.
http://imgur.com/

Once you have this info then provide it along with a budget, country of purchase and any local online vendors you wish to use.
 

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