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Friend wants to upgrade Dell

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by PC-M Vip3r, 28 Jul 2006.

  1. PC-M Vip3r

    Hitman

    Joined: 26 Mar 2006

    Posts: 576

    Hey there.

    I have a mate who has a Dell PC not a gaming one specs Below:
    2.8 P4 LGA 775
    512 RAM

    The MOBO is a Dell 0M3918

    Now she plays on COD2 a lot and wants me to upgrade her PC. She wont let me open the PC so I can have a look, she will only let me open it when I have the parts.

    Now I wanna know if it has on board GFX or not. If there is a AGP slot then all is dandy.

    Any Ideas where I can find out?

    MOBO - Dell 0M3918

    TIA
     
  2. xb8browney

    Soldato

    Joined: 19 May 2005

    Posts: 6,323

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  3. Ice On Fire

    Capodecina

    Joined: 30 Jul 2004

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    Location: Johannesbug, South Africa

    Just get a new motherboard. The Dell one will be crap anyway. :)
     
  4. PC-M Vip3r

    Hitman

    Joined: 26 Mar 2006

    Posts: 576

    Cheers for that. AGP Slot and 2 spare RAM slots
     
  5. Raikiri

    Capodecina

    Joined: 5 Jul 2005

    Posts: 17,777

    Location: Brighton

    It is PCI-e not AGP

    How much do they have to spend? And tell them to stop being daft and let you open the case so you can see what wattage the PSU is
     
  6. MikeTimbers

    Soldato

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 7,463

    Location: New Eltham, London

    Dell's often have proprietary PSU-MOBO connectors. If you can even fit a standard motherboard, you may well have to buy a new PSU.

    This is when the "cheapness" of a Dell becomes horribly expensive. The cases are proprietary, the motherboards are proprietary, and the PSU are proprietary.

    Good luck!
     
  7. SiriusB

    Capodecina

    Joined: 16 Dec 2005

    Posts: 14,448

    Location: Manchester

    Slap her one and tell her shes a silly cow. Why wouldn't you let the person who is trying to upgrade your PC look at the PC lol.

    It's like telling a plummer not to look at the leaking pipes until hes got the right parts :p

    SiriusB
     
  8. Mp4

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 21 Apr 2006

    Posts: 8,475

    Location: Eastbourne

    You will have to open it anyway, if its a new ish dell the warrenty will void when you replace the motherboard anyway. It will own better with the new motherboard.
     
  9. Mul

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 26 Aug 2004

    Posts: 1,842

    What Dimension model is it? Dimension 4700?

    Mul
     
  10. PC-M Vip3r

    Hitman

    Joined: 26 Mar 2006

    Posts: 576

    Ok I found out everything I need to know

    PSU is a mere 305W
    PCI-E x16
    LGA 775
    PCI
    2 Spare 3200 SDRAM slots

    So I canoot think of a decent GFX card to put in there what will run off a 305W PSU.

    Yeah it is a 4700
     
  11. locutus12

    PermaBanned

    Joined: 11 Mar 2004

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    lol.... ahahahahahahahaaa lolol roffles lol AHAHAHAHAHA! PMSL *tears of laughter*


    Good Luck :)
     
  12. PC-M Vip3r

    Hitman

    Joined: 26 Mar 2006

    Posts: 576

    Buy upgrade I mean More RAM better GFX Card and new Monitor
     
  13. Raikiri

    Capodecina

    Joined: 5 Jul 2005

    Posts: 17,777

    Location: Brighton


    What is her budget and we will spec something suitible
     
  14. Indy500

    Capodecina

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    Dell motherboards can also be fussy as regards to ram...

    Get a Geforce 7300GT (stick with the DDR2 versions), theyre inexpensive, fast and dont require much power.
     
  15. Raikiri

    Capodecina

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    Location: Brighton


    They often use samsung ram

    I hope you meant DDR3 ;)
     
  16. Indy500

    Capodecina

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    I know, it can vary.

    If the OP can afford that, great, but depends on the budget of course. ;)
     
  17. PC-M Vip3r

    Hitman

    Joined: 26 Mar 2006

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    Budget is about £250 Tops
     
  18. Raikiri

    Capodecina

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    Location: Brighton


    Auction sites would be the best place for dell specific RAM, saw 3 sets of ddr2 for sale that had been pulled from dell machines. Should get 2x512mb for £40~

    As for the graphics card, 7600GT should be fine, doesnt draw a huge amount of power and pretty nippy, available for sub £100.
     
  19. PC-M Vip3r

    Hitman

    Joined: 26 Mar 2006

    Posts: 576

    Ok Cheers for the help Lads and ladies (If Any)