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del inspiron 1520 cpu

joeturbo

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#1
Hoping you guys may be able to advise, I have owned my 1520 for a few years now, I was thinking about replacing my cpu, I think i currently have the "Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor T5250" 1.5ghz

Could you recomend what would be a good upgrade.

Many thanks

Joe
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    dell inspiron 1520
    CPU
    Intel core 2 duo T5250 @ 1.50GHz
    Motherboard
    Intel GM965
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    integrated Intel GMA X3100
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Panasonic TX-P50V10B (50")
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    Fujitsu MHW2080BH ATA 80GB 5400RPM
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    laptop
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    14MB

brummyfan

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#2
It depends on what you do and your budget, IMHO these two are reasonably sufficient CPUs.
Intel® Core
Intel® Core

EDIT:
Price for T8300 is almost double what you you'll pay for T7250 on ebay and I don't think it's worth for a 400MHz increase and extra 1MB L2 cache. T7250 will be a good upgrade.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Biostar
    CPU
    AMD Athlonx64 Dual Core 3800+ 2.0GHz
    Motherboard
    Biostar MCP6P-M2
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8400GS
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    CIBOX
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    Hitachi 160GB

joeturbo

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#3
do you think i will notice the difference with the 7250? £40 aint a bad price at all.

Is it quite straght forward to replace the cpu, I am used to replacing memory but not done cpu before. Also I think i have read that you should download new version of bios, is this correct?
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    dell inspiron 1520
    CPU
    Intel core 2 duo T5250 @ 1.50GHz
    Motherboard
    Intel GM965
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    integrated Intel GMA X3100
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Panasonic TX-P50V10B (50")
    Hard Drives
    Fujitsu MHW2080BH ATA 80GB 5400RPM
    Case
    laptop
    Mouse
    wireless
    Keyboard
    wireless
    Internet Speed
    14MB

brummyfan

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#4

My Computer

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  • Manufacturer/Model
    Biostar
    CPU
    AMD Athlonx64 Dual Core 3800+ 2.0GHz
    Motherboard
    Biostar MCP6P-M2
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8400GS
    Monitor(s) Displays
    CIBOX
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800
    Hard Drives
    Hitachi 160GB

joeturbo

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#5
dont know anything about bios so thats good news. Ill have a look at the you tube clip, many thanks.

Also where can i get thermal paste? is it easy to apply?
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    dell inspiron 1520
    CPU
    Intel core 2 duo T5250 @ 1.50GHz
    Motherboard
    Intel GM965
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    integrated Intel GMA X3100
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Panasonic TX-P50V10B (50")
    Hard Drives
    Fujitsu MHW2080BH ATA 80GB 5400RPM
    Case
    laptop
    Mouse
    wireless
    Keyboard
    wireless
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    14MB

brummyfan

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#6

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    Biostar
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    AMD Athlonx64 Dual Core 3800+ 2.0GHz
    Motherboard
    Biostar MCP6P-M2
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8400GS
    Monitor(s) Displays
    CIBOX
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800
    Hard Drives
    Hitachi 160GB

joeturbo

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#7
are there any other improvements/upgrades that can be made on my little 1520?

Whats this overclocking i am starting to read about?
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    dell inspiron 1520
    CPU
    Intel core 2 duo T5250 @ 1.50GHz
    Motherboard
    Intel GM965
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    integrated Intel GMA X3100
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Panasonic TX-P50V10B (50")
    Hard Drives
    Fujitsu MHW2080BH ATA 80GB 5400RPM
    Case
    laptop
    Mouse
    wireless
    Keyboard
    wireless
    Internet Speed
    14MB

osholt

Magister mundi sum!
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England

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468
#8
Re: Dell inspiron 1520 cpu

Hoping you guys may be able to advise, I have owned my 1520 for a few years now, I was thinking about replacing my cpu, I think i currently have the "Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor T5250" 1.5ghz

Could you recomend what would be a good upgrade.

Many thanks

Joe
Upgrading a CPU is not as straight forward as you may think.

The motherboard has to be compatible with the new CPU, this can be a major problem, especially with older PCs.

I would recommend you upgrade the motherboard and CPU at the same time, just because its easier and you can have more freedom in choosing a processor you like.

This does come with downsides however:
You will need new RAM,
You will need to reinstall Windows,
You may need to get a new sound/LAN/graphics card if they were integrated into the old MB.

What do you use your PC for mostly?
If you edit home movies or play demanding 3D games then I'd go for something quad core, maybe an Intel I5 but if you are just a casual email sender, internet browser etc. this would be a waste.

Maybe a 2.66-3.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, these can handle pretty much everything a casual user can throw at it with a bit of room to breath.

The other thing you have to take into account of is your budget.

If you have any questions or need some explanation to any of this please ask.

Oli
 

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  • Manufacturer/Model
    Apple MacBook, 5,1
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    Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4Ghz
    Memory
    4GB DDR3
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    Nvidia 9400m
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    13.3" Apple MacBook LCD Screen + 22" HannsG DVI LCD + 21.5" Samsung USB Lapfit Monitor LD220
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    Apple Late 2009 Wireless Keyboard (US)
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stoneys-nutz

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2,685
#9
Hello joeturbo,
Overclocking is done from the Bios, your Bios will probably be locked by the manufacturer, so you wont be able to OC your machine.

Memory is always a good way to improve system speed, if you can upgrade that too you should see an improvement in overall system speed.

Hope this helps, good luck and post your results.
 

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  • Manufacturer/Model
    Self Build
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    QX9650 (black box) [email protected]
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    Asus P5Q Premium
    Memory
    8GB-4x2GB Corsair Dominator DDR 2-1066
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    2 x ASUS EAH 4870 X 2 (Quad)
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    Supreme FX 2
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    Fujitsu Siemens 22inch flat screen
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    1680x1050
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    150 Gig WD Raptor
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    CoolerMaster 1000
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    CoolerMaster N-Vidia stacker 830
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    Noctua NH-U12P x 1x120mm fan, 6x120mm case fans
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    Logitech G5
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    Logitech G15
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    Audio FX Pro 5+1 gaming head set

joeturbo

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#10
Osholt,

I dont really fancy changing the motherboard,cpu,ram,graphics card, at that rate i maight as well get a new pc. Looking on wiki it seems like dell sold my laptop (the 1520) with many different cpu speeds. I am guessing that as long as i stay with one of the cpus that were a option originally there should be no problems swapping them?

This is from wiki

"Processors (1520): Intel Pentium Dual-Core T2310 or Intel Core 2 Duo T5250, T5450, or T7250, T7500, T7300, T8100, T8300, T9300 or T9500"

stoney,

Thanks for the reply, I have already increased the ram to 4gb, was just looking to see if i could improve performace at all. I am currently getting BSOD quite regularly so would like to get this sorted first, I have created a thread on this if you have any ideas of the cause it would be great.

http://www.vistax64.com/general-discussion/278187-dell-inspiron-event-log-errors.html

Cheers

Joe
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    dell inspiron 1520
    CPU
    Intel core 2 duo T5250 @ 1.50GHz
    Motherboard
    Intel GM965
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    integrated Intel GMA X3100
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Panasonic TX-P50V10B (50")
    Hard Drives
    Fujitsu MHW2080BH ATA 80GB 5400RPM
    Case
    laptop
    Mouse
    wireless
    Keyboard
    wireless
    Internet Speed
    14MB

Thor000

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1
#11
Hi
I recently have upgraded my Dell Inspiron1520 laptop processor to Intel core2 duo X7900 extreme processor and the rams to 4GB (2x2GB).
The ram upgrade made huge difference.
For CPU first I had some issues with the speed wich run in very low speed but I figure that Dell put special property in this laptop to protect overheating of the CPU wich prevent CPU from running in high speeds so simply you can overcome it with program name ThrottleStop (It is not overclocking of CPU it just use the full power of your processor) and you can install RealTemp program to follow up temperature wich usually will be in normal range even when gaming and if it get high you can use external fan (you can adjust CPU settings to find best performance and low heat settings).
If you still use this laptop these upgrades will help you very well.
 

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  • Operating System
    Windows7
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell
    CPU
    Intel core2 duo X7900 extreme processor
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    2x2GB DDR2 ram