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Hi I have a Dell 5150. It has a OWG261 motherboard. Can I upgrade the chipset and what options do I have. Thanks.

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You cannot upgrade chipsets, they ARE the motherboard.

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How many PCI slots available with DELL desktop


Mostly of all kinds of motherboard have 3 PCI slot an 1 PCIe slot. But there are some have more than that.

Aug 10, 2010 | Dell Dimension 5150 (DIM515MIN) PC Desktop

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Dimension 5150 (DIM515MIN) PC Desktop: I want to know what kind of case a dell has. I'm p...


The Dimension 5150 has a BTX case, which is nearly impossible to upgrade. The motherboard is NOT interchangeable (with a few exceptions, but none of which are true upgrades).

If you have a PCI Express slot, you can upgrade the video card but do not get a card that requires an additional power cable directly from the power supply. This is because the stock power supply is very weak and doesn't have outputs for additional cards. If the card requires no additional power, you should be fine.

You can upgrade your processor with the P4 [Prescott] 5xx or 6xx Series Processors with HT. The 5150 does not support core 2 duo processors. Depending on what you currently have, this may or may not be worthwhile. Also note that higher power processors run at higher temps, which sometimes causes a noticeable increase in fan noise.

The hard drive is easily upgradeable. Just buy any standard sized SATA hard drive. Your computer case supports two drives, so you could keep your current drive and just add a second drive. Remember to buy a SATA cable with the new drive because new drives usually don't come with them.

Overall, if you're looking to get outstanding performance, get a new computer. BTX computers are not gaming computers. You'll end up dumping money into this thing just to get a lousy increase in performance.

May 18, 2010 | Dell Dimension 5150 (DIM515MIN) PC Desktop

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Ethernet controller driver needed


You can download and install the required drivers from Dell's official website. Click on the link below:

Drivers & Downloads for Dimension 5150


On this page there are four files, download them all and install them. You should be able to use your network card after successful installation.

Note: If the above link is not working, go to www.dell.com. On the top right corner of the Dell's website click on 'Support'. A new page will open from where you choose Drivers and Download option. Next step is to choose your laptop model.

Oct 18, 2009 | Dell Dimension 5150 (DIM515MIN) PC Desktop

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Video chip location on computer board


If this is a direct reference to the Dell Dimension 5150 Desktop computer, it is an Intel GMA950 integrated graphics chip, soldered to the motherboard.

You will see Intel at the top of the chip, and GMA950 under Intel.

This is Dell Support, and the Service Manual for the Dell Dimension 5150/E510 Desktop computer.

More specifically this is the Specifications Documentation, and the Technical Overview part of the Service Manual,

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim5150/en/sm/techov1.htm#wp1058472

I referenced this page, to show you the basic components on the motherboard. Click on the sub-heading - System Board Components, in the list.

At the top of the motherboard you will see the processor sitting diagonally.

Under it you will see the Northbridge chipset, and more specifically in this crude illustration, you are looking at the heatsink which resides on the Northbridge chipset.

(Has a Z shaped clip which holds the heatsink to the Northbridge chipset. The heatsink has a 'meat cleaver' type of design)

In the area that is blank to the Left of the Battery, will be the Intel GMA950 GPU.
(GPU = Graphics Processing Unit, or graphics chip)

If you are wanting to upgrade your graphics quality, purchase a graphics card, and install it in the PCI Express x16 slot.
{In the illustration the slot is over to the Left.
PCI Express x16 connector (Slot 1)

How to know what graphics card is compatible with your computer?

1.You have a PCI Express x16 slot for a graphics card. This is the style of graphics card you need.

It is the PCI Express 1.1 version technology used. I wanted to add this in case you need it for reference.

Be aware of this! No matter what anyone tells you, you can use a PCI Express graphics card based on the PCI Express 2.0 technology, in your PCI Express 1.1 slot.

Why?
Because PCI Express 2.0 technology is Backwards Compatible with PCI Express 1.1 technology.

Backwards Compatible. Means it will recognize the PCI Express graphics card utilizing PCI-E 2.0, and will work.

2.You have a 305 Watt power supply. You need to have enough Wattage, (Power), for the computer system, and the graphics card.

I advise using an ATI Radeon graphics card. Which one? Since you have a Pentium 4 processor, 305 Watt power supply,
(With all probability a 18 Amp, 12 volt power rail),
I suggest something along the lines of an ATI Radeon HD3850.

Depends on what you expect from your graphics.

If your reference in your query above is that you believe your graphics chip may be burned out, then I definitely suggest using a graphics card.

The PCI Express x16 slot is controlled by the Northbridge chipset. Doesn't matter if your Integrated Intel GMA950 GPU is burned out, or not.

Oct 12, 2009 | Dell Dimension 5150 (DIM515MIN) PC Desktop

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Can i up grade my processer on my dell dimension 5150 desktop computer and if so how big of a processer can i upgrade and is it easy to install.


Good morning! Yes, you can upgrade the processor of your computer but it will depend on the compatibility & support criteria of your computer motherboard, I suggest to check/review the product/operations manual of your computer motherboard which will inform us the details of specification requirements of processor that your computer motherboard will support & compatible with. Installation of processor is easy but with caution just follow the steps procedures written on its enclosed product manual, then make sure to install it with a good CPU FAN that will control its heat temperature. best regards.

May 10, 2009 | Dell Dimension 5150 (DIM515MIN) PC Desktop

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Upgrade cpu


It is a bit of a crapshoot trying to upgrade a processor from a major manufacturer. Their motherboards are designed specifically for the manufacturer and documentation on exactly what will work NOW compared to when the unit was new is rather hard to come by. They don't support people upgrading very well compared to the aftermarket manufacturers.

You should go to dell.com and put in your service tag to check your exact configuration yourself before spending any money.

According to Dell, the Dimension 5150 has a motherboard that uses the Intel 945G Express chipset. You can see INTEL'S documentation on that chipset's capabilities here. According to that documentation you can use a socket LGA775 with up to a 1066 MHz system bus speed.

Looking at Newegg, the fastest LGA775 processor with 1066 MHz are a 2.93GHz Duo core or a 2.4 GHz quad core. Again, no guarantees either will work with your system, and you definately want to make sure your power supply and case cooling are up to the task.

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Dell 5150 - Options for upgrade


Usually motherboards corresponds to the Dell Number. You can change your motherboard alone from a local technician. However, that's strongly not recommended.

Jan 10, 2009 | Dell Dimension 5150 (DIM515MIN) PC Desktop

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PNY memory


Hi

Dell Dimension 5150 supports DDR2 400MHz (PC2-3200) and DDR2 533MHz (PC2-4300) unbuffered SDRAM Memory (DIMM). You may install a total of four DIMMs in capacities of 256MB, 512MB, or 1GB. The maximum memory supported is 4GB.

From your query, I think the obvious question is; What is specification of the PNY DIMM and/or does the PNY DIMM meet the requirements for Dimension 5150?

Check for memory configuration and installation procedures for Dimension 5150 - http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim5150/en/sm/parts1.htm#wp1364711

The Chipset used on Dimension 5150 is Intel 945G Express. I am not aware of specific compatibility issues regarding the Intel 945G and PNY Memory modules. However, there may really be known issues that I am not aware of.

To proceed, ensure that the PNY Memory is compatible with Dimension 5150. If not, install compatible (memory type, speed, capacity) DIMMs.

Let me know if further help is needed.

Mike

Jun 05, 2008 | Dell Dimension 5150 (DIM515MIN) PC Desktop

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Dell dimension 5150 VIDEO CONTROLLERS/DRIVERS


You need to install the intel chipset drivers. You will find these under chipset in the driver section. I hope this helps.

Mar 11, 2008 | Dell Dimension 5150 (DIM515MIN) PC Desktop

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Change Motherboard For Dell Dimension 5150


If you replace with the same motherboard that's in already, that would be easiest for you.

But if you use a different one, you'll have to re-activate Windows, and download and install new device drivers.

Jan 09, 2008 | Dell Dimension 5150 (DIM515MIN) PC Desktop

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