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Upgrading Dell XPS 420

Q: Upgrading Dell XPS 420

Would like to upgrade the graphics card for my XPS 420. I have come across this;
but am not sure if it is good enough or if it will work with my system. Can I please have some help with this?

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A: Upgrading Dell XPS 420

Upgrading graphics are dependent on card slot design, power requirement, and driver support.

If I remember correctly the XPS 420 has a PCIe x16 slot, so you should be fine with any of the current cards. A single PCIe x16 card slot has been a standard for all motherboards since the introduction of Core2.
Please check the power output of your power supply and make sure is it adequate for the card you have chosen. Power output is measured in total wattage.
Physical space within the case could limit the length of card chosen. The XPS 420 seems to be a larger case so only the longest of cards should be an issue.
Older operating systems may not have driver support for newer cards. Newer operating systems may not have driver support for older cards. Again I think this is a non-issue, if I remember correctly XPS 420 is either XP or Vista. Both operating systems are still currently supported by both nVidia and AMD.
I hope I didn't bore you, selecting a graphics card is pretty straight forward with only a few requirements. Since the card slot and driver support is basically a non-issue. The only other requirement that will rain on your parade is the power supply and physical space available. Your options for cards are huge, from what I can tell.
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Ever since upgrading my Dell Dimension 8100 to XP it's been running much slower than usual. It's a fairly old computer, and I was told that the problem is that I need to upgrade my RAM to support XP as it's power hungry.

So, being a novice, I looked into how it's done and think I could just about cope with doing it. I searched for what I need and came up with this

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A:Upgrading RAM on a Dell

I just worked on a Dell Dimension 8200 and upgraded the memory. You should have 4 slots now with 2 64mb modules and 2 continuity modules. I upgraded that particular computer with 2 more 256mb modules so we came up with 640mb. I had the customer order the RAM from DELL since we could not get it from CRUCIAL I don't know the exact price but I do know that it way very expensive.

You can check with DELL but when we checked they no longer offered 128mb modules.
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16 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache

1024 Megabytes Installed Memory

Video Card

NVIDIA GeForce 6800

Now the plan is to upgrade the video card and the ram. Right now my computer has (2) 512 sticks. I'm going to buy (4) 1gb sticks and a Radeon HD 4830 512MB

Do you think I need to get another power supply also? Im almost positive the power supply i have now is a 375 watt. Do you think the ram and new video card are good enough to play today's top games?

I really dont think i need to upgrade my processor. Anyone disagree? I'd really appreciate any feedback. Thanks!

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Also is there a big difference between DDR2 PC2-5300 and DDR2 PC2-6400 or should i just go with the 6400 that is 8 dollars more on each 1gb stick?
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A:Upgrading my Dell XPS 410 CPU

Officially, I don't think the 45nm CPUs are supported on the Intel P965 chipset that ships with the Dell XPS 410.

Look around a little on the Dell forums. The highest you can probably go is a QX6800.
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Can't comment on the compatibility, however, make sure laptops support 8GB RAM in a single slot, with 16GB total.
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A:Upgrading my M1730 Dell

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A:Adding/upgrading a Dell HD

No, there's nothing special for the drive in the GX1's and you're not limited to a 32GB, the common limit on these older computers, hard drive limit. However you will need one of these to surpase that limit:

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A:Upgrading memory on a Dell

Dell Dimension 5100 (also please update your Profile mobo to this)


Maximum: 4Gb 400-MHz and 533-MHz DDR2 unbuffered SDRAM
(note Windows Xp 32bit can only see 3Gb)

No it doesn't matter where you buy your Ram, but in saying that, you should buy the exact same ram that is already fitted, to avoid conflicts.
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A:Upgrading Memory in Dell

Sounds like the one slot may be dead.
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A:Upgrading my Dell XPS Dimension 600

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A:Upgrading Dell Studio XPS 435MT

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A:Upgrading a Dell Dimension 4550, need help


as a newbie you cant post links, as for Dell PC's why bother upgrading it, just sell it and buy a new unit, easier in the long run and cheaper, from what i remember Dell use specific PSU's in some of their machines so if you wanted to swap it out it would have to be a Dell PSU.

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How i did

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your in luck..i have a dell dimension 2400 to
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A:Upgrading cpu. need info on dell motherboard.

Quote: Originally Posted by abs4nz

Hey, im after info on the dell motherboard model 0u990c to find out what cpu i can upgrade to. I read any core 2 duo would work but not exceeding 800mhz fsb. also ive read that i cant exceed 4 gb ram? current cpu is pentium t4200. theres a t4500 @ 2.3ghz but im after a little more if possible. also its a socket p. chipset is intel gm965. bios is dell a16. theres 667mhz ram installed, but the ive read the fsb is 800mhz? any help is greatly appreciated.

Hi abs4nz,

Welcome to Seven forums.

Please let us know the model number of the system you have so we can check and provide you with the relevant information.

Kindly update your system specs here by following this.

Please provide us this information so that we can be in a better position to understand and resolve this issue.
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But I wonder whether Dell's hardware configurations are "proprietary" to an OS that has been configured by Dell.Nope. You can proceed as intended.The latest drivers can easily be sourced from the Dell Support site.As far as Win XP drivers are concerned, the only variation would be with the 32bit and 64bit releases.
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A:Upgrading my Dell Inspiron 1525

Do you know if that machine is Win 7 compatible at all, drivers aside?

I wouldn't get frantic about drivers.

Your Windows install disc should have most of them; you might get a few more from Windows Update.

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Well what is your current processor?
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A:Solved: Upgrading a Dell Dimension 2400

The OS will almost certainly be tied to the old motherboard
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so a New OS will be needed

try UBUNTU - at least that will see if the hardware is working - and its free


UBUNTU Stand Alone CD

NOTE : version Ubuntu 12.04

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Select a location
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Each memory slot can hold DDR3 PC3-10600, DDR3 PC3-12800 with a maximum of 8GB Kit (4GBx2) per slot
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Hi Can I install Gb of RAM on Dell Dimension Right now I have two memory slots and each slot comes with mb RAM So total is GB Every time I turn on my PC there s a weird sound coming out PC Spec Computer Computer Type ACPI Multiprocessor PC Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition OS Service Pack TRIAL VERSION Internet Explorer IE DirectX DirectX c Date Time - - Motherboard CPU Type Intel Pentium J MHz x Motherboard Name Dell Dimension Motherboard 4700 for help Need Dimension Dell upgrading on Memory Chipset Intel Grantsdale-G i G System Memory TRIAL VERSION BIOS Type Phoenix Communication Port Communications Port COM Communication Port ECP Printer Port LPT Display Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce MB D Accelerator nVIDIA GeForce PCI-E Monitor Dell WFP Digital quot LCD F H S Multimedia Audio Adapter Analog Devices AD AD Intel FB ICH - AC Audio Controller B- Storage IDE Controller Intel R FB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - IDE Controller Intel R FB FBM Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - F Disk Drive WDC WD JD- HBB GB IDE Optical Drive SONY DVD-ROM DDU x x DVD-ROM Optical Drive TSSTcorp CD-RW TS-H B SMART Hard Disks Status OK Memory Devices CHANNEL A DIMM Memory Device Properties Form Factor DIMM Type SDRAM Type Detail Synchronous Size MB Speed MHz Total Width -bit Data Width -bit Device Locator CHANNEL A DIMM Memory Devices CHANNEL B DIMM Memory Device Properties Form Factor DIMM Type SDRAM Type Detail Synchronous Size MB Speed MHz Total Width -bit Data Width -bit Device Locator CHANNEL B DIMM Memory Devices CHANNEL A DIMM Memory Device Properties Form Need help on upgrading Memory for Dell Dimension 4700 Factor DIMM Type SDRAM Type Detail Synchronous Speed MHz Total Width -bit Data Width -bit Device Locator CHANNEL A DIMM Memory Devices CHANNEL B DIMM Memory Device Properties Form Factor DIMM Type SDRAM Type Detail Synchronous Speed MHz Total Width -bit Data Width -bit Device Locator CHANNEL B DIMM Motherboard Properties Motherboard ID lt DMI gt Motherboard Name Dell Dimension Front Side Bus Properties Bus Type Intel GTL Bus Width -bit Need help on upgrading Memory for Dell Dimension 4700 Real Clock MHz QDR Effective Clock MHz Bandwidth MB s Memory Bus Properties Bus Type Dual DDR SDRAM Bus Width -bit DRAM FSB Ratio Real Clock MHz DDR Effective Clock MHz Bandwidth TRIAL VERSION MB s Chipset Bus Properties Bus Type Intel Direct Media Interface North Bridge Properties North Bridge Intel Grantsdale-G i G Supported FSB Speeds FSB FSB Supported Memory Types DDR- SDRAM DDR- SDRAM DDR - SDRAM DDR - SDRAM Maximum Memory Amount GB Revision Stepping B Package Type Pin FC-BGA Package Size cm x cm Core Voltage V In-Order Queue Depth Memory Controller Type Dual Channel -bit Active Mode Dual Channel -bit Memory Timings CAS Latency CL T RAS To CAS Delay tRCD T RAS Precharge tRP T RAS Active Time tRAS T Refresh Period tREF us Error Correction ECC Not Supported ChipKill ECC Not Supported RAID Not Supported ECC Scrubbing Not Supported Memory Slots DRAM Slot MB DDR - DDR SDRAM DRAM Slot MB DDR - DDR SDRAM Integrated Graphics Controller Graphics Controller Type Intel GMA Graphics Controller Status Disabled PCI Express Controller PCI-E x port In Use x nVIDIA GeForce PCI-E p Video Adapter Click to expand nbsp