Maximum upgrade on ram and CPU.

Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by Damjr, Sep 15, 2016.

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  1. Damjr

    Damjr Newbie

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    Ok here's my question.
    I have a Dell D630 with Intel graphics
    If say I stuck 16 GB of ram into the laptop and turned it on would it accept and be good or will it fry and be bad?

    Ok I know markets say only duo CPU's will only work, but say if I had an i3 cpu and popped it in there will it take or will it fry?

    Has anyone attempted this for kicks?.
     
  2. sykozylot

    sykozylot Notebook Guru

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    It wouldn't damage your system at all. It just might not work. The worst thing that could happen is you have to take the RAM back out.
     
  3. OverTallman

    OverTallman Notebook Evangelist

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    Okay let's make the things clear, Dell Latitude D630 uses GM965/PM965 chipset (GM965 in your case) with DDR2 RAM, which gives two problems:
    1. The largest non-ECC DDR2 SODIMM RAM I can find is 4GB, with two slots that makes the max to 8GB. It's plain impossible to have 16GB RAM installed on a D630.
    2. 965-series chipset uses Socket P processors with 800MHz FSB maximum, which means you're stuck with Socket P Core 2 Duos (T9300 and T9500 being the best), with pin mod you can use 1066MHz C2D. Core i processors use Socket G1/G2/G3 which are totally different than Socket P. Core Duos (not Core 2 Duo) are all Socket M so I wonder how you could come up with such conclusion.
    So yeah, no offense but what you're proposing just doesn't make any sense at all.

    Still, this thing is quite usable even to this day so a little upgrade won't hurt, feel free to ask me for more info.
     
  4. Damjr

    Damjr Newbie

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    Well I thought sense this hasn't been asked it would help others as well when they search for answers.

    But heck didn't hurt to ask.

    In today's world anything's possible.

    I'm wondering if there's gaming motherboards which fit into a d630, like an upgrade motherboard.

    Or any nerds out there that created one. Haha
     
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    ipwn3r456 Notebook Evangelist

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    None. This isn't desktops you are talking about here, most laptops parts aren't really upgradeable.
     
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    katalin_2003 NBR Spectre Super Moderator

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    Sure, but at a price.

    If you want to stay reasonable, what @OverTallman proposed is best you can do.
     
  7. miker71

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    The Intel Core 2 Duo Extreme X9000 2.8 GHz Dual-Core CPU is actually the best CPU that can be used in your D630.
    I have had one in my D630 for about 2 years now with no problems.
    *In the past, some D630 users were afraid to try the X9000, due to its slightly higher maximum wattage requirements. I had a T9300 in my D630 previously and I did pre/post Heat and Power comparisons (T9300 vs X9000). There were practically no differences, and I have had no issues for the 2 years I have had the X9000 in my D630. The X9000 did make my D630 a little snappier..
     
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    OverTallman Notebook Evangelist

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    That's a nice thing to know. Price is a huge problem though, I'm a cheapskate who would like to spend as little as possible so sacrificing a bit of performance for a few tenners (£15 for a T9300 vs £55 for an X9000) is perfectly acceptable to me.
     
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    I agree...
    The T9300 is a good price conscious alternative, with almost the best performance available for the D630.
     
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    Deks Notebook Prophet

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    As others have mentioned, with RAM you will be stuck at 8GB max.
    The thing that 'might' help is getting RAM with lowest timings which could affect IGP performance for the better, though Intel IGP's might not be responsive to that as AMD ones are... still, maxing out the RAM to 8GB wouldn't hurt, so long as the price is reasonable.

    As for the CPU, the T9300 or T9500 are your best upgrade options.
    Since there is only 100MhZ difference between those two processors, I'd probably go for T9300 as its also half the price of T9500, and you wouldn't notice the speed difference at all.

    But if you really want to upgrade your laptop... you'd need to put a quality SSD in there.
    Say, 128 or 256GB SSD, rip out the DVD and replace it with a caddy (which can house your current HDD).

    RAM would be very expensive though. Almost equivalent in price to say a 256GB SSD...
    Not sure it would be wort it.
    You could get 4GB RAM instead, CPU and SSD to keep the costs relatively down if you actually want to keep that laptop.

    If its not that important, I'd probably get a new laptop that's going to be far more powerful/capable in comparison for a relatively cheap price.
     
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