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Old 12-15-2008, 06:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, I am back for more hardware help. The computer that you helped me get together previously is working perfect I appreciate the previous help. I'm home from college and using the computers here is terrible lol. I don't know how I gamed on this computer years ago. Anyway here is the specs.
Dell dimension 9100 pentium D 512mb ram CPUZ ss. Yea it's bad. Should I replace and upgrade parts or just buy a new computer all together? If upgrading is an option could you suggest some parts. It doesn't have to be great, probably just light gaming such as counterstrike with decent framerates.
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Old 12-17-2008, 01:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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More RAM would be a must. Pull up the specs from dell's site and see if it can handle a C2D. But even with the present CPU the extra RAM would help it out a lot. Two gigs is a sweet spot and is probably all it can handle, anyway.

I don't know the GPU, nor do I know what slot(s) it has (at work, not able to access everything). A low to mid range card would help you out. A 3650 or so would be great fo that system, but any card would be better than onboard. Try to get at least 512MB on the card if you can.
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Old 12-18-2008, 04:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hey Trotter thanks for the reply. So you would suggest new cpu, gpu, and ram.
Ram: Newegg.com - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
GPU: Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100236L Radeon HD 3650 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
CPU: Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 Wolfdale 2.66GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Assuming those all are compatible and everything, what kind of performance would I see and would I need a new PSU? Thanks
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Your mobo has a 945P northbridge. It should be able to handle a C2D, but it will require a BIOS update (unless you are running A03 8/11/2006). That E7300 should work nicely.

That 3650 requires a minimum of 300W. Thankfully you have a 375W PSU, so you are covered.

That G.Skill is good RAM.

Looks like a nice setup. Not bad for a shade over $200.
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In all honesty, depending on the clock of the Pentium D, it will still be good enough to manage with current games. You mentioned Counter-strike, Pentium D is, by far, more than enough to play Counter-Strike at max settings. Most importantly, you do need to upgrade the ram to at least 1 GB and get a new video card.

You could make that computer suitable for light gaming for less than $100 with tax and shipping.
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Your motherboard may support core2's but I seriously doubt it will support the 45nm ones like the E7300. I would look at the E6***, E4***, and e2*** series which are all 65nm.
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^^^ Didn't think about that one. Good catch, Puddle. I don't follow the Intel stuff much... old habits die hard.
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Old 12-21-2008, 06:52 PM   #8 (permalink)
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If I could get away with it I would be happy with the pentium D. Next year i'll probly be building a gaming computer for my bro and my mom would take over this one. I'm thinking of just getting the ram/gpu i posted above. I'm gonna order it tomorrow unless there is any last minute changes i need to make.
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Looks good.
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holy crap is that voltage right in the cpuz screenie?
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