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Old 07-23-2006, 02:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,

This is what I have currently:

2.8 ghz xeon
1 gig ram
nvidia quadrofx 500

I want to upgrade one of the above. I rarely ever play games, but I do watch a lot of movies on here...and for work I use Photoshop a lot, but that really runs fine as things are now.

Should I get a second processor? Through Dell (this is a Dell Precision 450 workstation), they want $700. Or should I just upgrade to 4 gig ram (and replace the 4x256 DIMM's with 1 gig ones) for slightly less money?

As I said before, games aren't an issue, but strong video performance is...so I'm not sure that I really need to upgrade my gfx card?

thanks for any advice
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Old 07-23-2006, 02:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i say the ram and buy the xeon of newegg alot cheaper so you may have enough for both i will look up the cpu for you what socket?
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Old 07-23-2006, 02:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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http://www.newegg.com/ProductSort/Br...ubcategory=343
look up your cou here it shiuld be around 200-300 dell over prices things
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thanks matt

i believe this is socket 604, but i don't know for sure haha, i'm such a n00b...how would i know if it's 604 or 603?

i searched dell's support site and i can't find this in the specifications. this is all it said for my processor when i entered in the service tag:

PROCESSOR, 80532K, 2.8GHZ, 512K, 533, DECISION ONE

but from the link you gave, i found this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819117052 $216 is not bad at all!!

this is the one dell wants $700 for...crazy
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/p...4&sku=311-2645

does that seem about right?

so maybe i can do both the ram and the processor
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good for you one sec i will pull up a link


http://www.softpedia.com/progDownloa...load-6980.html

there you go it will tell you what socket you have
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Old 07-23-2006, 03:26 AM   #6 (permalink)
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also here is what type of ram u could get if you have ddr
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231039
get 2

if you have ddr2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231044
get 2
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hmm i have a prestonia which is socket 603

http://valid.x86-secret.com/show_oc?id=107188
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umm newegg does not have any skt 603s let me look for a site that does

ok
its out of stock i can find them anywhere else call them and ask when they will come back in stock

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...ductCode=80922
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wait its not skt 603 like you posted its socket 604 your cpu z link says so here is the link.

here you go in stock and way under 700 bones lol
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...Code=80922-533

or here
http://www.a2zcomp.com/buy.asp?REF=12&SKU=2032771U
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hehe sweet, thanks again
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