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Old 03-15-2010, 09:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys sorry if this is the wrong place to post this im new here so don't kill me

I'm getting my dads old computer because hes upgrading to new one for video production.

I play a lot of games on computers so i wanted to see if i can upgrade a few things.

-First i want to get an ATI Radeon HD 5870
-upgrade from windows 7 32-bit Too Windows 7 64-bit (reason being for more ram) want to run about 4 or 6gb of ram. Right now im only running 3.25gb

But theres a catch my dad suposbile talk to a "professional" (dont know in what field) and he said that because of my computers architecture i couldn't update to windows 64bit or get a better graphics card. I think the dude don't know **** so im posting here !

Heres the most detailed system requirements i could find of my computer, let me know what you guys think! THANKS!!!!

Or if you know any other sites that me be able to help let me know.

Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium (build 7600)
Install Language: English (United States)
System Locale: English (United States)

System Model
Dell Inc. Precision WorkStation T7400
System Service Tag: F61SRH1 (support for this PC)
Chassis Serial Number: F61SRH1
Enclosure Type: Tower

3.15 gigahertz Intel Xeon
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
24576 kilobyte secondary memory cache
64-bit ready
Multi-core (4 total)
Not hyper-threaded

Main circuit board
Board: Dell Inc. 0RW199
Serial Number: ..CN1374087600D9.
Bus Clock: 1333 megahertz
BIOS: Dell Inc. A05 09/09/2009

500.00 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
425.20 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

TSSTcorp DVD+-RW TS-H653F ATA Device [CD-ROM drive]
TSSTcorp DVD+-RW TS-H653F ATA Device [CD-ROM drive]

ATA WDC WD5000AAKS-7 SCSI Disk Device (500.11 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WMASY4624952, SMART Status: Healthy

Memory Modules
3326 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

Slot 'DIMM 1 ' has 1024 MB (serial number 6424940F)
Slot 'DIMM 2 ' has 1024 MB (serial number 64249706)
Slot 'DIMM 3 ' has 1024 MB (serial number 6424980F)
Slot 'DIMM 4 ' has 1024 MB (serial number 64249303)
Slot 'DIMM 5 ' is Empty
Slot 'DIMM 6 ' is Empty
Slot 'DIMM 7 ' is Empty
Slot 'DIMM 8 ' is Empty

ATA Channel 0 [Controller] (2x)
ATA Channel 1 [Controller] (2x)
ATA Channel 2 [Controller]
Intel(R) 631xESB/6321ESB Ultra ATA Storage Controller - 269E
Standard AHCI 1.0 Serial ATA Controller

ATI FireGL V7600 [Display adapter]
Dell SP2208WFP [Monitor] (21.7"vis, s/n RR268815CLYU, January 2008)
Dell SP2208WFP [Monitor] (21.7"vis, s/n G494H87CAWRU, July 2008)

Bus Adapters
Dell SAS 6/iR Integrated Workstation Controller
Intel(R) 631xESB/6321ESB/3100 Chipset USB Universal Host Controller - 2688
Intel(R) 631xESB/6321ESB/3100 Chipset USB Universal Host Controller - 2689
Intel(R) 631xESB/6321ESB/3100 Chipset USB Universal Host Controller - 268A
Intel(R) 631xESB/6321ESB/3100 Chipset USB Universal Host Controller - 268B
Intel(R) 631xESB/6321ESB/3100 Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller - 268C

Other Devices
Texas Instruments 1394 OHCI Compliant Host Controller
Logitech Driver Interface (5x)
HID-compliant consumer control device
HID-compliant device (4x)
Microsoft SideWinder Precision Pro (USB)
USB Input Device (4x)
HP Deskjet F4100
Monitor Webcam (SP2208WFP)
Monitor Webcam (SP2208WFP) #2
Logitech HID-Compliant Keyboard
Logitech HID-compliant Cordless Mouse (2x)
Generic USB Hub (4x)
HP Deskjet F4100 Printer series (DOT4USB)
USB Composite Device (5x)
USB Printing Support
USB Root Hub (5x)
Generic volume shadow copy

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Old 03-15-2010, 11:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That's a pretty powerful computer, congratulations.

I don't see how you can't upgrade to win7 64bit...
The 5870 is a very powerful card, excellent choice. Make sure you have a nice monitor to go with it; Dell makes nice monitors, so i hope you're getting one of those as well. You'd need high resolution to do the 5870 justice. I see that the powersupply included is 980watts? Confirm this by opening the case and reading the information on the powersupply itself. You'll need at least 500watts to run the 5870, so if you have 980watts that'll be more than enough. 4GB of memory is also enough for gaming.

Only downside to this is that Dell probably made it so that you're not able to overclock.

Good Luck.

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Old 03-15-2010, 11:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yea its by dell but ill check out the powersupply this weekend.

And i got a nice 32inch lcd tv to go with it

Thanks !

It was either the Ati or gtx 295, but after very few research i found out that the ati was much stronger/faster
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Yep, that 'professional' doesn't know what he's talking about
Upgrading to 7 x64 and a 5870 will work fine.

edit: and yeah, the 5870 is DEF the right way to go over a GTX 295. Even before the release of the 5xxx series, the 295's were overpriced and not worth it for the price you paid.
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