Upgrading Inspiron 546 (Early 2009)

wirey856

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Hi, I have an Inspiron 546 desktop computer I have used at home for 5 years or so. I am wanting to use it more for work, particularly to run a design program. The program puts out recommended specs
Processor: Intel Core i7 or AMD equivalant
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 or ATI Radeon HD 6950 or better
Recommended to have a solid state drive to make experience "more enjoyable"

The Inspiron currently has
Processor: AMD Phenom 9650 Quad-Core 2.30Ghz
Memory: 8GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA Geforce GT220
655GB HDD

My first question is if I wanted to replace my graphics card, Processor, & HDD for SDD, are the requirements too out of reach for my motherboard/power that I would end up pretty much replacing everything?

Also, I think my motherboard only supports 1.5gb/second if I upgraded to a SDD.
 

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the short answer is 'Get a new system'

the motherboard will only take 95W CPUs and only AM2+ ready. Not even close to the software requirement.
adding a different video card will require a new PSU
 
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