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

    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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    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 (crucial.com/uk/…100) 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!

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    Just make shure you don't get a pci-express card if your pc only takes pci...........Like i did :-\

    See this link for answer to memory question crucial.com/sto…100

    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.

    DVS_Dee;4319692

    In a word, YES!Dell dimension 3100:# Maximum Memory: 2048MB# Slots: 2 … 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 CompliantEach 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 WMotherboard slots:two PCIone PCI Express x1no AGP or PCI Express x16So 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.


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    Original Poster

    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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