Need SERIOUS help on upgrading computer parts!

  • aislam
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Well Im a new forumer so forgive me if I posted in the wrong section.

Is my computer still upgradeable? I bought it in late 2006.
Its a Dell Dimension E520.

If yes, read on. If no, then ignore the rest of the thread.
Hm yeah. My computer cant run most games like Crysis smoothly anymore.

So I've decided to upgrade it. Its my first time doing so.
Some specs of my com. If you need more, dont hesistate to ask.

Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6300 @ 1.86GHz (2 CPUs)
Memory: 1022MB RAM
Video Card: Radeon X1300/X1550 Series

I've got about $480 to spend and Im from Singapore.
So yeah, what would you recommend?
I just want to run most games smoothly and dont wish to spend too much.
I dont need a monster, but if its achievable with that budget, I dont mind.

The main things I hope to upgrade are
the CPU speed
the system RAM
and the Video Card.


On a side note:
Is the RAM = the computer speed? I seriously have to upgrade my com's speed. Its taking like 10mins just to power up or shut down.
If not, then what determines the computer's speed?

And is the processor upgradeable? Its got me wondering for some time.

I hope that at least someone would give some advice.
I posted on other forums and no one replied me.
Please. All help is appreciated.
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Hello Aislam, welcome to Ozzu!! To answer your question, I'm not quite sure on the prices of hardware in Singapore, but I'd definitely look at upgrading the RAM and the graphics card. I've done the very same thing to my E510 (practically same model).

I'd suggest buying 1gb of ram, and a 1gb 4870 or 9800GTX graphics card.
The ram type is DDR2-667 (PC2-5300)

I'm pretty sure that would fit your price range. As for the CPU I see no point in changing it. Hope that was usefull im sure youll get more feedback as well.

Have a great day!
Best regards,

Sania
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Post 3+ Months Ago

You may run into problems if you try to upgrade the mobo or CPU, since Dell tends to use proprietary motherboards and cases. Or at least I know they did a few years back when I had a dell desktop...

But videocard and RAM should be fine to upgrade and should help a lot. Just be sure that you buy RAM that's compatible with your motherboard and that your motherboard has an appropriate slot for the video card you get (PCI express probably). I have a 9600GT (or maybe 9800, I forget, can't check right now) and it runs great!

If your computer's taking that long to boot up, there may issues with Windows - it may be time for a wipe and reinstall!

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