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    Hey guys,

    Christmas is coming and I'm looking for some upgrade advice.

    I have a Pentium D Dual core 2.8 GHz right now and it's not the fastest thing under the sun and was curious as to what you would suggest for under $200.

    Also I would like to upgrade the 2GB of ram that I have but don't know how limited I am. I have a Dell XPS 600 with 2GB 667 MHz ( PC2-5300 ). Is that the only type that I can use or can i use something different? I have 4 slots available.

    Any help would be great as I know nothing about the internals of computers, I get nervous just swapping video cards.




  • #2
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    processor is prety good... dual core at 2.8 ghz... i got a pentium dual core e2140 at 1.60 ghz and its prety awsome...

    for the ram do you have 32 bit or 64 bit vista?

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    • #3
      Re: Upgrade advice

      You may not be able to upgrade the CPU.

      You should be fine with adding different speed ram. You could also purchase 2x2 sticks and replace the ones you have in there.

      You could also replace the video cards with a single card. I wouldn't spend too much on this as your cpu will hold back the performance of most of the higher end cards. I suggest you go with something in the performance value area. Such as a 4830 or 4670.

      Those 2 upgrades should run you much less than $200.
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      • #4
        Re: Upgrade advice

        Originally posted by Fiddlestx View Post
        Hey guys,

        Christmas is coming and I'm looking for some upgrade advice.

        I have a Pentium D Dual core 2.8 GHz right now and it's not the fastest thing under the sun and was curious as to what you would suggest for under $200.

        Also I would like to upgrade the 2GB of ram that I have but don't know how limited I am. I have a Dell XPS 600 with 2GB 667 MHz ( PC2-5300 ). Is that the only type that I can use or can i use something different? I have 4 slots available.

        Any help would be great as I know nothing about the internals of computers, I get nervous just swapping video cards.
        Do you know what year you purchased the XPS 600?

        It would help us to narrow down which LGA775 CPUs your mobo can take.
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        • #5
          Re: Upgrade advice

          If your PC can handle it I highly suggest: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231145


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          • #6
            Re: Upgrade advice

            it was bought in december of 2005. Why would I not be able to upgrade the CPU?



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            • #7
              Re: Upgrade advice

              you can run CPU-Z to find out what chipset you have and then we can see what is open.
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              • #8
                Re: Upgrade advice

                It's a Dell 0GC375 which according to the web is this

                Chipset Vendor Nvidia Corp
                Chipset Model nForce4 Intel Edition CPU to PCI Bridge
                South Bridge nForce4 PCI to ISA Bridge
                SMBus Nvidia Corp nForce4 SMBus @5000h
                SMBus Nvidia Corp nForce4 SMBus @B000h

                source http://www.treiber-forum.de/forum/sh...ad.php?t=10033

                Is that any help, I can open up the case tonight when i get home if i have to.



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                • #9
                  Re: Upgrade advice

                  looks like the best you can do is a conroe. no quad 45nm parts for you.

                  Conroes are still really good I have my E6750 at 3.2 GHz right now so if you can find one that is a good option.

                  hell if I had enough money I would sell you mine and I could get wolfdale and clock even higher but I'm a poor college student.

                  but in all honesty 2.8 GHz isn't anything to be ashamed of the only thing that chip could be lacking would be some cache.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Upgrade advice

                    According to crucial that system can do PC-6400 (DDR-800) as well as 5300, which is usually the case with pc5300 systems.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Upgrade advice

                      Do I need to replace all the slots or can i leave 2 512 sticks in and put 2 2Gb sticks in and have a total of 5?



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                      • #12
                        Re: Upgrade advice

                        That should work. At most you would have to remove a pair, so there is no harm in trying.
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                        • #13
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                          you need a 64 bit os to be able to take advantage of more than 4gb, deduct your gpu and sound buffer memory, and you have about 3.2 to 3.5 gigs, even if u have 5 in there... id just take out the orig gig
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                          • #14
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                            If you're upgrading speed take out the old ram.
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                            • #15
                              Re: Upgrade advice

                              ok, I've been looking through newegg and this is what I've found.

                              http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...%20(PC2%206400)

                              I should be able to use this correct? How important is latency and clock speeds? My current processor has a 800mhz FSB but the conroe has a 1333mhz FSB. Does it matter? I don't understand anything about this stuff sorry for stupid questions.


                              And this processor?
                              http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115028



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