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Dell 4700 upgrades

by fleshman03 / May 7, 2007 7:16 AM PDT

Ok boys and girls, I have a few questions. I have a dimension 4700 and I'm thinking about a few upgrades. First, I'll tell you what and how I have it running.

Here are my specs:
RAM: 2 x 512 433Mhz DDR2
interrogated video
Intel Pentium IV 3.4 HT
140 gb HD
Running Vista Enterprise (same as Ultimate, minus Media Center)

I tried to max it out as best as possible when I bought it.

Now as to what I want to put in it. I'm planning on adding 2 extra gigs of ram 2 X 1gb. Here is the URL for the product.

Now I don't think I will have a problem. They match specs with the exception that this runs at 533 and the ram in the system is running at 400-something. From what I understand, it'll just run at the slower speed, right?

Now a graphics card is needed. This is the one I had in mind.

Again, I have the PCIe card, so there shouldn't be a problem. My only concern is my 305watt power supply. I don't use all the features with the computer (all 6 USB ports) and things like that, so I'm not too worried.

So at the end I'm hoping to have these specs
Dell 4700
RAM: 3 gb 2 x 1 gig and 2 x 512
Video: Geforce 7600GS 256 MB
Pentium IV 3.4

Does that sound like a mean system or what??

What you you all think? Will I have issues with those parts? Anything I should know? Should I pull out the 512mb ram cards and leave it with 2 x 1gb or will it be fine with all four dimms taken?

Thanks for all the advice.


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re: dell 4700 upgrades
by ramarc / May 7, 2007 9:20 AM PDT
In reply to: Dell 4700 upgrades

your ram choice is fine as long it supports ddr2-533, but you need to determine what your current ram is running at. (cpu-z can figure it out for you.) the dell comes with ddr2-400 or ddr2-533, not ddr2-433 (which doesn't exist). personally, if you're running ddr2-400, i'd dump the existing ram and use all ddr2-533.

as for the graphics card, what do you plan to use the pc for? the 7600gs is an entry-level 3d card, can play some games, and will work fine with your 300w power supply. this evga 7600gs is a better buy at $85 before $20 rebate. if you don't plan on playing an games and don't like rebates, this evga 7300gt is $66 straight up.

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by fleshman03 / May 7, 2007 9:49 AM PDT
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I'm pretty sure it's ddr2-400. I bought it over two years ago.

As for what I use the PC for, I usually use it for school work and some games. I used to play America's Army, before it got too intense for the integrated video. Same thing with War Rock. I'm really looking for something that I can play some games and have enough. Oh and get out of vista basic hell!

I have a laptop that has a GeForce 6150. That has actually made it like night and day when switching back and forth. So I'm hoping a 7600 will be even better.

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7600gs is your best choice then
by ramarc / May 8, 2007 1:41 AM PDT
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evga cards are good overclockers so you can get more performance easily if you wish.

this evga 7600gt is another option for $110 before $20 rebate. a 350w power supply is recommended but i've seen folks use in dells without any issue. anything faster than a 7600gt will require a new power supply though.

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why buy memory that runs slower?
by jconner / May 7, 2007 9:31 AM PDT
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Get what your mobo support. Some memory can be touchy. You can buy 433Mhz DDR2 in 1GB sticks. Good choice to max it out. Your Video card choice is also a good upgrade, especially at 256. Some will argue for ATI. Consider a good replacement P/S if the Dell shows any age/wear but their supplies are better than the watts shown. But a really good supply is a positive upgrade to consider.

Past that a new Mobo and a Core Duo would be next and what you buy now will be usable.

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