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i have a dell dimensions 8300. its pretty much stock except i added 512 more MB of RAM from 1GB. i bought a new sound card, which is the Soundblaster XtremeGamer one, and a friend gave me his old video card which is the nVidia 5200.

for a person who runs a lot of apps, watches a lot of movies and listens to music, and games every now and then, what upgrades are recommended?


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Field Value
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
DirectX (DirectX 9.0c)
Computer Name RAYMOND
User Name user

CPU Type Intel Pentium 4, 3000 MHz (15 x 200)
Motherboard Name Dell Dimension 8300
Motherboard Chipset Intel Canterwood i875P/E7210
System Memory 1536 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)
BIOS Type Phoenix (02/23/04)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 (256 MB)
3D Accelerator nVIDIA GeForce FX 5200
Monitor Plug and Play Monitor [NoDB] (HVCPA01937)

Audio Adapter Creative SB X-Fi [NoDB]
Audio Adapter Intel 82801EB ICH5 - AC'97 Audio Controller [A-2/A-3]

IDE Controller Intel(R) 82801EB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 24D1
IDE Controller Intel(R) 82801EB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 24DB
Disk Drive Maxtor 6Y120M0 (120 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA)
Disk Drive WD 10EACS External USB Device (931 GB, USB)
Optical Drive _NEC DVD+RW ND-2100AD (DVD:8x/4x/12x, CD:32x/24x/40x DVD+RW)
Optical Drive JLMS DVD-ROM XJ-HD166 (16x/48x DVD-ROM)
SMART Hard Disks Status OK

C: (NTFS) 114431 MB (97681 MB free)
F: (NTFS) 953867 MB (941417 MB free)
Total Size 1043.3 GB (1014.7 GB free)

Keyboard Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
Mouse Logitech USB iFeel Mouse

Network Adapter Intel(R) PRO/100 VE Network Connection (

Printer EPSON Stylus CX4600 Series
Printer Send To OneNote 2007
USB1 Controller Intel 82801EB ICH5 - USB Controller [A-2/A-3]
USB1 Controller Intel 82801EB ICH5 - USB Controller [A-2/A-3]
USB1 Controller Intel 82801EB ICH5 - USB Controller [A-2/A-3]
USB1 Controller Intel 82801EB ICH5 - USB Controller [A-2/A-3]
USB2 Controller Intel 82801EB ICH5 - Enhanced USB2 Controller [A-2/A-3]
USB Device Logitech USB iFeel Mouse
USB Device USB Mass Storage Device


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Well, what do you want out of your computer? Is it slow, or is there something that bothers you? Personally I don't see it having any problems with your needs except two things:

1. You could use more RAM if you multitask and have multiple programs/windows open at the same time.

2. The video card obviously should be upgraded if you're playing some newer games.


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yh system looks ok to me,

i mean a p 4 at 3Ghz is still not a bad processor and can play with some of the low end C2D's the RAM well you have a sufficient amount shame its not DDR2 but lets not go there,

so yeah looks like jus the video card that needs an upgrade,

you cant really get a better socket 478 processor so thats ok until you upgrade your motherboard, same for the RAM cant upgrade to DDR2 until you get new motherboard,

so if you have a fairly big budget you could basicly get all new motherboard, CPU and RAM

or if its only a smallish busget it suggest upgrade video card


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i live in the US. i got my computer about four years ago. so i guess its kind of outdated? and with 1.5 GB or RAM its definately not the fastest.. but i did notice when i upgraded from 1GB, computer ran faster.

and whats the difference of ddr and ddr2?

and is my processor still considered a good processor for its age and kind?