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Old 10-14-2004, 05:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Suggested Upgrade?

I need to know what upgrade will help me run new games (Namely Half-Life 2) faster.

Heres my specs:

1.6 Ghz CPU
512 MB RAM
70 Gig 7200 RPM hard drive
128 mb GeForce Ti4200 video card

I was thinkin a new CPU, which I posted on earlier, but maybe a 256 mb video card would help?

I dont think my comp will support anymore RAM (Its a..... ....Dell Dimension 4300)

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Old 10-14-2004, 06:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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CPU first, and then add another 512mb of RAM and finally change the GFX card


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Old 10-14-2004, 06:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I dont have a clue what CPU to get. I cant add more RAM.

If I need a new CPU then someone is gonna have to help me figure out what kind.

My owners manual just says it is a Intel Pentium 4 CPU....does that mean I can get any other Pentium 4 CPUs? And how do I know if my Mobo will even run it!? so confused

Found this on a site:

Dell Dimension 4300/4300S:
System Chipset: Intel 845
Processor/Socket Type: Socket 478 (Willamette/Northwood)
Upgradability:Socket 478 - Willamette, Northwood(?), 400 MHz bus

Does this mean that I could get, say, this:

CPU Intel Pentium 4 2.6GHz 400 512K S-478 OEM new Pentium 4 2.6GHz 400MHz - SOCKET 478-2600MHz OEM

Or, can I still get Athlon CPUs?
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Old 10-14-2004, 07:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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How bout this.
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Old 10-15-2004, 09:57 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I would also look for BIOS updates> A BIOS update may enable your motherboard to take more RAM or even faster CPU's and bigger hard drives.
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