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I need help Upgrading My Computer Part 2

by evertime123 / August 3, 2012 6:55 PM PDT

Thank you to the people who helped me on my last thread.
This time I would like somebody to double check their suggestions to me and possibly suggest a new Processor.

Windows Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 (Build 2600) (32bit)
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702
Memory (RAM): 3062 MB
CPU Info Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU E2160 @ 1.80GHz
CPU Speed: 1792.1 MHz
Sound Card: Realtek HD Audio output |

Display Adapters: Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family | NetMeeting driver | RDPDD Chained DD
Monitors: 1x; Plug and Play Monitor |
Screen Resolution: 1920 X 1080 - 32 bit
Network: Network Present
Network Adapters; Linksys WUSB600N Dual-Band Wireless-N USB Network Adapter - Packet Scheduler Miniport
CD / DVD Drives: 3x (D: | E: | F: | ) D: TSSTcorpDVD+-RW TS-H653B | E: | F:
Ports: COM Ports NOT Present. LPT Port NOT Present.
Mouse: 3 Button Wheel Mouse Present
Hard Disks: C: 149.0GB
Hard Disks - Free: C: 69.8GB
USB Controllers: 8 host controllers.
Firewire (1394): Not Detected
Manufacturer *: Dell Inc.
Product Make *: Vostro 200
AC Power Status: OnLine
BIOS Info AT/AT COMPATIBLE | 09/20/08 | DELL: - 42302e31
Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
Battery Status :No Battery
Motherboard: * Dell Inc. 0CU409

And the suggestions were.

That machine seems to be a slim line tower.
300w psu.
One x16 slot.

Shop for a Hd 5450 low profile Gpu.

Here's one at, (under 50) (under 40)

I didn't see the bracket on the first one but I could have missed it.

I just need to be double sure.

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Check and verify
by Willy / August 4, 2012 2:54 AM PDT

Well, you haven't even determined what case you have, you need to know. It's a slimline or std. short case. Here's a link to a std. but short case: (std. short case)

It's important to know, due to "space" within the case. If like the link provided case example, then a std. or typical video card will do. If a slimline, then you need a "low profile" video card. The video card will readily explain that feature. If you get a low profile it will fit in either the std. short or slimline case. It becomes apparent that it's small enough for the slimline if yours is that type of PC. The links you provided show "low profile" GPU.

As for any CPU replacement, Dell and many other OEM build PCs don't always allow the full line of cpus available even if proper because Dell has limited this feature. The bios is NOT as flexible and limits any cpu upgrade path. You can have the right class and type cpu, but because the bios won't provide full support will either reduce its abilities(ie: FSB) or hang. Say, you install a 3.2Ghz(dual) cpu, it may only be acknowledged as 3.0ghz but work or not. Of course, you can google away as others may offer their experiences or results and give real insight into what to expect. I tend to stick to same FSB selection like 500/800 or 400/500, etc., so if you know what yours is then a cpu using the same FSB, will more readily be accepted, but may NOT up to its full range as the bios allows. Thus, it always helps to update the bios to the latest release. For Dell PCs that relatively easy operation to do, get the Axx bios update and follow instructions fully.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Re: Check and Verify
by evertime123 / August 4, 2012 10:34 AM PDT
In reply to: Check and verify

It's a dell vostro 200 slim line tower.
Thank you for informing me of the difference between video cards.

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If this was me.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 4, 2012 2:58 AM PDT

The Newegg would get my sale because I am sure of the bracket.

And this is THE card for such machines where we can't bump the PSU and change cases, etc.

All the prior discussions should have covered that a gamer would be unhappy but games should run now.

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