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Looking to upgrade this POS DELL

Discussion in 'Computers, Games, Electronics etc' started by CiViC_SOHC, Dec 28, 2005.

  1. CiViC_SOHC

    CiViC_SOHC Senior Member

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    Hey im playing WoW alot now and it LAGS HORRIBLY!!! I am already going to get 512MB of RAM should I upgrade to a faster video card also? If so which one, I need something afforable but will do the job. Thanks in advance nerds. j/k :p
     
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    Battle Pope New Member

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    Well first you need to make sure that your "POS dell" has an AGP or even better a PCI-Express slot. If it's an older machine or a low-end model it probably only has AGP.

    If it's got AGP you should be able to find a GeForce 6600 card that will work. The extra memory will help too.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16814143027

    Here's a decent AGP card for under 200 bucks.
     
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    CiViC_SOHC Senior Member

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    I believe its the Dimension Desktop 3000..Pent 4 2.80 GHz
    2.79GHz, 256 MB RAM Thats bout it...
    Anybody disagree with his suggestion? I have the money but damn thats expensive lol!
     
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    Battle Pope New Member

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    No it's not.

    I spent 350 on my card about 3 weeks ago, and it's not even top of the line.
     
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    CiViC_SOHC Senior Member

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    hmm....well I dunno what kind of slot my Dell is...I don't think it says on there website either...
     
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    Battle Pope New Member

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    pop open the case and look.
     
  7. pissedoffsol

    pissedoffsol RETIRED

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    throw it out. buy a new machine.


    for bare min gaming system, i'd recommend 1gb pc 3200 ddr ram, 256mb video card, 8x agp., 400 mhz fsb, 1mb l2 chache
    no celeron processors either...
     
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    AGP is out, B. For any rig you intend to play games on you need PCI-Express, if for nothing else than the upgrade ceiling. AGP is phasing out.
     
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    pissedoffsol RETIRED

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    i know, thats why i said MINUMUM. 256mb 8x agp will fly /most/ games
     
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    Battle Pope New Member

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    Ah. Yeah, it will run em. You're SOL on upgrading though which is why I advised against it.
     
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    reikoshea HS Troll...And Mod Moderator VIP

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    Yeah, im still running AGP, but i have had no problems with any game so far. My board is a few years old now, but my 9800 Pro is still keeping me in the "good" zone. If i can play CS:S and Urban Terror (Quake 3 Mod) im really fine. WoW doesnt slow my computer down at all...so i wouldnt worry too much about an AGP card.
     
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    AGP just won't cut it for me.

    <-- plays FEAR, COD2, and NFS:Most Wanted at 1280x1024 with 4xaa and 6xaf
     
  13. CiViC_SOHC

    CiViC_SOHC Senior Member

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    Well I would throw the dell away but it was a gift from my step-mom and dad. PLUS im trying to get my car turbo'ed I want my car done before I start blowing big bucks on a new computer...I will look into getting that card though thanks.....Another question...Should I even bother with upgrading the RAM will I notice that much of a difference?

    Just thinking...could I just upgrade the RAM? Would that make it fast enough???
     
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    how much do you have now?
     
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    endlesszeal Senior Member

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    with that chip, ur graphics hard will bog u down more than anything.

    as battle pope said, get a 6600gt, wiether u have agp8x or pci-e. if you look around they can be had for around 120-150 after rebates. its a pretty solid gaming card and can run any game out their with enough eye-candy.

    if you spend more than 200 bucks, i really recommend holding out for a new set up because you'll be throwing money at a dead technology if you have agp. get CPU-Z and under main board itll tell you.

    turns out if you have pci-e, i say hold out and save for a 7800gt. they should be coming down in price ($300 right now) as nvidia are getting ready to release the 7900s and ati will be making new cards also based on GDDR4 instead of 3.

    again if u dont game hardcore and dont plan on playing nething recent like Battlefiend 2 or F.E.A.R, a 6600gt is fine. itll run those games too at medium to high quality with no AA. AA is very taxing on nvidia cards.
     
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    CiViC_SOHC Senior Member

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    I only got 256 now...I just want something that isn't gonna cost me alot and 200 is alot to me right now...my job is cutting my hours becuase we are dead...plus im trying to use all my money towards getting my car turbo'ed but I have 2 weeks of vacation and I want to play some WoW lol. That's why im wondering if I can just get RAM cuase it cheaper then buying a new graphics card.
    *EDIT* Found the site for my Dell...I have the highest Pent 4 one there...and only the 256 RAM...My Dell
     
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    endlesszeal Senior Member

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    get a 6600gt for around 120 after rebate at newegg.

    and holy shit. i took a look at ur manual of the dimension 3000 and there are only PCI slots!!!

    im not sure but definately get cpu-z to look at the board and open the box. look at it. agps have two grooves on the slot. 1 medium and 1 large. pci-express is one small one and one very large one.

    here are the two cards.
    pci-express:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16814130214
    agp:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...MP=OTC-d3alt1me
     
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    ram is the biggest change you can make period
     
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    CiViC_SOHC Senior Member

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    Cool thanks I might start with RAM...You know what my internet is fuckin slow ever since I moved to my Step-Moms house...Could be internet...I hope its not cuase there isn't much you can do about that...We have a router upstairs and then I plug the connection from upstairs into a router in my room to power my computer and ps2's
     
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