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Upgrading Questions..

by fluhartz / February 28, 2007 7:42 PM PST

Hey everyone,

I have a couple of questions about upgrading my Dimension 4700. First of all, here are some of the things I am wanting to upgrade. 1. RAM=512 DDR2 SDRAM at 400MHz, I am going to buy a 2 gig package from Crucial and I am pretty sure they are 533MHz. Question, should I put the two sticks in the two open slots and have 2.5 gigs or would I be better off only having the 2 gigs of RAM at 533MHz or can I even do that? 2. Video Card= I have the PCI Express x16 ATI Radeon X300SE this is pretty much bottom of the barrel right? The question/comments I have here are I am not much of a gamer, but I am a CAD tech. I work mainly with Soldedge and AutoCAD, if it is a good card for gaming does that mean it will be good for Solid modeling? I actually need to upgrade my hard drive too, I know some will say just buy a new PC...that's not really in my budget right now or I would love to do that.

Thanks in advance for any information that anyone give me...

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Yes. Use the pair.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 1, 2007 12:21 AM PST
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If it were mine....
by VAPCMD / March 1, 2007 2:24 AM PST
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and the RAM speeds were mixed (old vs new), I'd remove the old 512MB and install the two new DIMMs. NOte they must be installed in the correct DIMM slots to take advantage of the DUAL CHANNEL MEMORY ARCHITECTURE. If the old and new DIMM speeds are the same ...I'd put the 2-1GBs DIMMs in the PRIMARY DIMM SLOTS (say channel "A") and the others in channel "B". Exactly what CPU are you running ?

Re the HDD....why not just add another 'internal' HDD ?

Re video....take a look a the myriad of PCIe video card choices over at


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:If it were mine....
by fluhartz / March 1, 2007 7:55 AM PST
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I'm running a pentium4 2.8 ghz.

How expensive is adding another HDD?

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HDD are attractively prices.....
by VAPCMD / March 1, 2007 8:25 AM PST
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HDD are attractively prices.....
by fluhartz / March 1, 2007 9:23 AM PST

Wow, that's not bad at all. Is this kind of stuff hard to add to your pc? I have a friend at work that does repairs on pc's every day, but is it someting relatively easy to do....could I do it myself with the right how to manuals.

Hey thanks for all of the information, I really appreciate it.

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Pretty easy ....and there's lots of references on the WEB
by VAPCMD / March 1, 2007 9:52 AM PST

and there's always your friend. Might good to have him walk you thru it.


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