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HELP PLEASE (pretty please!) - Can my old Desk Top PC take extra RAM and a quality Graphics Card?

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Hi all. Mrs Technophobe 2009 here. I'm seriously bone when it comes to things like PCs and graphics cards I'm afraid so I could really do with the guidance of those who are more IT literate th… Read More
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8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
Hi all.

Mrs Technophobe 2009 here.

I'm seriously bone when it comes to things like PCs and graphics cards I'm afraid so I could really do with the guidance of those who are more IT literate than me as I (well my daughter!) would really like to update our current desktop with more RAM and a decent graphics card to play Sims 2 and eventually Sims 3.

I do not know even where to begin to do this so I hope one of you kind souls can spare 10 minutes to explain to me what is involved/cost etc.

We have a 3-year-old Dell Dimension 3100 DV051 desktop with Pentium 4 2.99GHz processor and 504MB of RAM. Is this 'old' desk top PC 'young' enough to take extra RAM and a decent graphics card to improve its performance?

If I haven't given you enough information can one of you please explain how I go about getting what extra you need via the control panel or elsewhere.

Thank you ever so much to anyone who is kind enough to reply.

Yours in desperation.

Lucy x
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8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
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#1
In a word, YES!

Dell dimension 3100:
# Maximum Memory: 2048MB
# Slots: 2 (1 bank of 2)
# Standard Memory: 256 or 512MB removable
# USB Support: 2.x Compliant

Each memory slot can hold DDR2 PC2-5300 with a maximum of 1GB per slot.*

You can ored this RAM from Crucial (http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/listparts.aspx?model=Dimension%203100#) but you'll probably find it cheaper at somewhere like play.com.

As for your graphics card you'll have to check if your motherboard has a pci/pci-e(x1)/x(16)/agp slot, you should be able to find out on Dells website.

Just found some more info on ur PC:

Power Supply - Wattage 230 W

Motherboard slots:
two PCI
one PCI Express x1
no AGP or PCI Express x16

So you'll need a PCI or PCI-E x1 graphics card but bear in mind that you PSU (Power Supply Unit) isn't very powerful so may be insufficient for some graphics cards!
banned#2
Just make shure you don't get a pci-express card if your pc only takes pci...........Like i did :-\
#3
See this link for answer to memory question http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.aspx?model=Dimension%203100

I think your model can only take a PCI graphics cards (not AGP or PCI-E) which really limits the options. But there are a few out there that will improve performance for not a lot of money.
#4
DVS_Dee
In a word, YES!

Dell dimension 3100:
# Maximum Memory: 2048MB
# Slots: 2 (1 bank of 2)
# Standard Memory: 256 or 512MB removable
# USB Support: 2.x Compliant

Each memory slot can hold DDR2 PC2-5300 with a maximum of 1GB per slot.*

You can ored this RAM from Crucial (http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/listparts.aspx?model=Dimension%203100#) but you'll probably find it cheaper at somewhere like play.com.

As for your graphics card you'll have to check if your motherboard has a pci/pci-e(x1)/x(16)/agp slot, you should be able to find out on Dells website.

Just found some more info on ur PC:

Power Supply - Wattage 230 W

Motherboard slots:
two PCI
one PCI Express x1
no AGP or PCI Express x16

So you'll need a PCI or PCI-E x1 graphics card but bear in mind that you PSU (Power Supply Unit) isn't very powerful so may be insufficient for some graphics cards!


+1 on upgrading the power supply, think maplin are doing a not bad 580watt one on special the now for 30 odd quid.


http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/329569/580w-xpower-light-atx-psu-32-98-del/
#5
Thanks everyone thus far. Still doesn't make too much sense but it's more than I knew before I asked :-)

Repped accordingly.

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