I've pretty much upgraded all I can, now things are being limited by the PSU and Mobo and other various incompatabilities.
Such as my 2gb 3200 ram being UNDERCLOCKED to 1gb 2100 ram!!
Mobo only supports a pittyful 4x agp pipeline when I have a hulking Radeon x800xl in the gfx card slot, and much more. I've had enough.
Before we Start
The things I can quickly List down are:
2.52ghz P4 processor
2gb 3200 ram (Underclocked to 1gb 2100 *apparently*)
Radeon x800xl 256mb
I've obtained the spec sheets from my DELL manual, which has a boat load of specs
Here they are
I also used a program a while ago for some further specs, I managed to salvage them also!
If there's any other info that's needed, do tell me
My 'Prefered' Seller
I usually buy my stuff from http://www.Overclockers.co.uk.
If there's anywhere cheaper / better products, please tell me.
I wouldn't know the first thing about (in)/compatabilities, abilities, capabilities, limits etc with a Mother board. A friend told me that My CPU may not be compatable a new Mobo. Essentially, All I know about a mobo is that everything in the PC is slammed, clicked and clipped onto it.
My friend reccommended ASUS Mobos, I need an AGP +PCI Mobo. There's an ASUS one on there, but I don't know if it's compatable with the system.
Any reccommendations would be great!
Another mysterious component. All I know is that mine is 250W and it's a big scary screwed down box in my case which eats alot of cables.
My friend recommened I get a 400 at least to support my GFX card (x800xl 256mb).
Is it possible for a PSU to ever be incompataible in one way or another, or doesn't it matter. Would my system be safe for a higher PSU
What brand has great value and quality CPU's
I reeeeeeeeally don't want to upgrade this because they're so expensive. My friend mentioned that my chip may not be compatible with a new Mobo, another worry. So the CPU needs to be compatable with the Mobo.
Gould knows how I find that out!
My CPU is a 2.52ghz (Should have further info on the DELL spec sheets at beggining of thread)
My current card is a Radeon x800xl 256mb *AGP*
This cost quite alot, I had to get AGP because my mobo atm is AGP only. So essentially , I need a MOBO which is AGP+PCI-e. So I can upgrade to PCI-e in the future
I have an 80gb Hard drive. It could use with an upgrade, but it's not essential. And the sound of loosing all my stuff and starting over again (again!) sounds dreadful. Although I could use more space for bigger games.
I have a DVD rom drive, But I could use a DVD-RW to burn things onto discs, again not essential.
That's all I need AFAIK. If you reccommend any other system upgrades, they'd be helpful
I have a medium budget for upgrades, What I mainly need is a PSU and MOBO upgrade, but the compatabilities and whatnot are overwhelming to work out from my point of view , due to little experience.
Refer to Spec sheets and program dump SS's if you need spec info
Help and reccommendations and further directions would help SO SO MUCH.My mobo is undercutting me from upgrading, it's just becoming an increasing problem with new games , hardware and software, it's time to upgrade! and I need help