Dell Inspiron 3650 case front and back pannel

Dell Inspiron 3650

Specification and Upgrade Options

The Dell Inspiron 3650 is a pre-built home desktop computer first released in 2016. Although more than five years old, it is still a viable solution for home, office, and when properly upgraded – gaming. The motherboard is using the H110 chipset and supports 6th gen Intel Core processor, 16GB of DIMM DDR3-1333/1600 memory, and dedicated graphics card.

Dell Inspiron 3650 is a Mini Tower form factor computer. The Mini Tower is the largest chassis in the business class desktops segment. If you are looking for a system with maximum upgradability, Dell Inspiron 3650 is a good option. Models in this category usually have 4x PCIe slots, several drive bays and better cooling.

Specification

Model
Form factorMini Tower
CPU optionsIntel Gen6 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;
ChipsetH110
Dedicated GPU *GeForce GTX 1650 Super
RAMDIMM DDR3-1333/1600
RAM slots2
RAM speed1600 MT/s
RAM max16 GB
USB ports(2x) USB-A 3.0; (4x) USB-A 2.0;
Video portsHDMI 1.2; VGA;
Other portsRJ45; Hdph; Mic; Line-Out; Line-In; Card Reader;
Optional portsN.A.
SATA ports4
PCI slotsPCIe 2.0 x16; (2x) PCIe 2.0 x1;
M.2 slotsM.2 2230 (WiFi/BT)
Drive bays(2x) 2.5in; 3.25in; 9.5mm
PSU240 W
Weight7.40 kg (16.30 lb)
Released2016
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* Dedicated GPU warning: Check if your particular power supply model has enough power. Additionally some PSUs don't come with an auxiliary PCIe power connector and you may need to buy a SATA to PCIe power adapter.
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Windows 11 compatibility

No, Dell Inspiron 3650 does not meet the Windows 11 hardware requirements. According to Windows 11 specification, all models with Intel 7th Gen CPU or older are not officially supported. Processor with TPM 2.0 and a UEFI Secure boot BIOS is also required in order to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11 through Windows Update.

However, anyone with PC that does not pass the upgrade test can download the official Windows 11 ISO, make a bootable flash drive, and install the OS manually.

Processor

The Dell Inspiron 3650 supports Gen6 Intel Core technology. Intel introduced the 6th generation of its Core CPUs in August 2015. Named Skylake, it uses the same 14nm manufacturing process like the old 5th gen. The improvements are better CPU and GPU performance and reduced power consumption. Other enhancements include Thunderbolt 3.0 and SATA Express.

Best CPUs for Dell Inspiron 3650 upgrade:

Model Cores (Threads) Base frequency Turbo
Core i5 6500 4(4) 3.2 GHz 3.6 GHz
Core i5 6600 4(4) 3.3 GHz 3.9 GHz
Core i7 6700 4(8) 3.4 GHz 4.0 GHz

Memory

Dell Inspiron 3650 has two RAM slots. This is more than enough for most users. For those of you who need extra flexibility and RAM size, go for a model with 4 memory slots.

To cover the needs of your OS, games, and apps, Dell Inspiron 3650 supports up to 16 GB of DIMM DDR3-1333/1600 RAM. For office work, home use, and light gaming we recommend 8GB of RAM. For everything else, use 16GB or more.

Faster RAM speeds permit your processor to access the data stored inside the memory faster. This is important for the overall speed of your system. The motherboard of the Dell Inspiron 3650 supports RAM speeds of up to 1600 MT/s.

Wi-Fi Support

Dell Inspiron 3650 comes equipped with an on-board M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT) slot. This slot is used for a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth combo card.

Best Wireless adapters for Dell Inspiron 3650:

Model Speed Frequency Interface
WiFi 6E (Gig+) Kit 3000 Mbit/s 2.4GHz / 5GHz NGFF M.2 A/E Key
Rekong AX210 3000 Mbit/s 2.4GHz / 5GHz NGFF M.2 A/E Key
Gigabyte GC-Wbax200 2400 Mbit/s 2.4GHz / 5GHz PCIe
TP-Link Archer TX50E 2400 Mbit/s 2.4GHz / 5GHz PCIe
TP-Link Archer T9UH 1300 Mbit/s 2.4GHz / 5GHz USB 3.0

Ports

Ports are important and often people don't think about them when buying a PC. For example, if you don't have enough USB ports, using external devices becomes problematic. Before you buy any system, considering your use case, check the number of external devices you are going to use and plan the number of the extension ports accordingly.

USB ports

The Dell Inspiron 3650 comes with six USB ports in total. Having more USB ports is always better, but also pay attention to the version of those USB ports. Higher version ports support faster transfer speeds. Unfortunately, this model doesn't come with a USB 3.1 port. If you need a faster connection for your peripherals, like external Solid State Drive, you will need to choose another model.

Video ports

The DisplayPort (DP) is now the most widely used digital interface for transmitting digital video and audio between display devices and PCs. It is unfortunate to see that the Dell Inspiron 3650 doesn't have one. Check out the HDMI section and make sure that you are at least getting an HDMI port - a good substitution for the DP.

The HDMI port is another digital video port you can use to connect external display. It has very similar capabilities to the DisplayPort with few exceptions. Dell Inspiron 3650 comes with one HDMI 1.2 port(s) on the motherboard. In case your monitor supports another interface, you can always use an adapter.

*Please keep in mind in order to use the video ports available through the motherboard, you need a CPU with integrated graphics card. If you have a dedicated GPU, use his ports instead.

SSD storage - M.2 sockets and SATA ports

The SATA port is one of the places where you can connect a stora gedevice. The Dell Inspiron 3650 comes with four SATA port(s). Not enough SATA ports might limit your options for additional storage devices. Think about your use case and decide if the SATA ports provided by this model will be sufficient.

Unfortunately, the Dell Inspiron 3650 has no M.2 PCIe soket and you have to rely on the available SATA ports to connect your drives.

The M.2 PCIe SSD connector in combination with an NVMe drive allows for higher transfer rates, compared to the old SATA interface. In some situations, NVMe device connected to the M.2 PCIe socket can be more than 5 times faster.

Power Supply

The Dell Inspiron 3650 comes with a 240 Watt PSU. Having a power supply with high power rating is important, especially if you are doing upgrade with addtional components, like dedicated GPU and more HDDs. Will this 240 W be enough, it all depends on your specific use. Please keep in mind that some models might have more than one PSU option. Whenever possible get the most powerful one, as it might make future upgrades easier.

Motherboard

Dell_Inspiron_3650_motherboard.jpg motherboard layout