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April 17, 2011 11:28:32 PM

Ok so i am looking to upgrade my motherboard in my ancient Dell Dimension 4550. Can anyone tell me what kind of case this is and what kind of motherboards are compatible with it? Thanks
a b V Motherboard
April 18, 2011 1:09:46 AM

It's a Micro-ATX motherboard, but if you use a non-Dell motherboard, you would need to buy a new copy of windows, as Dell OEM copies are tied to their BIOS, plus both the 4550 motherboard and case have proprietary features.
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April 18, 2011 1:35:44 AM

Noworldorder said:
It's a Micro-ATX motherboard, but if you use a non-Dell motherboard, you would need to buy a new copy of windows, as Dell OEM copies are tied to their BIOS, plus both the 4550 motherboard and case have proprietary features.

Oh well it looks like a new case would be the way to go. I was looking at these components for a new build:

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Are all these compatible with one another? I already have an ATX PSU so im set in that department. Also, in my current system which ill be pulling components from, i have separate drives for CD and DVD, so i take it theyre IDE correct?

Also, could i just install ubuntu after i build my new pc? And how exactly would i go about this?

Thanks


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a b V Motherboard
April 18, 2011 2:06:16 AM

I used Ubuntu one time and hated it. How you install it I don't remember, but I do recall thinking that a novice would never get to work with the esoteric programs I needed it too.

The case is will work.
The MB will work - however, there is no reason to get a graphics card when it has onboard video and you are obviously trying to go the least expensive route.

The CPU will work, but, it sure is minimal. Maybe you could take the savings on the GPU and get a Rana x3 450
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The RAM will handicap the board with one stick. Suggest:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

What are the specs of your PSU? Are you sure it can do this?
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April 18, 2011 2:33:18 AM

Do you have any other suggestions for a free OS?

Also, i definitely want to be able to play a few games like mainly Minecraft or maybe even cod. Would the onboard gfx be able to handle this?

Is the CPU really that bad? Compared to my 2.5ish Ghz right now 6 is looking pretty good. (Am i correct in 3.0 per core here?)

As for the RAM, how will this handicap the board?

And i have a 545W PSU with a 20+4pin connector, 4 molex connectors, and a 4 pin PCIe, so i think it can handle it

Thanks for your help
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a b V Motherboard
April 18, 2011 10:55:29 AM

I'm sorry I can't help on Linux. Once in awhile, I see Windows 7 sell new on Ebay for $50.

I'm believe the onboard GPU will do the games as long as you keep the resolution reasonable. Try it, you can add GPU later.

CPUs are rated in total output.

The motherboard is dual channel, so one stick of RAM per channel is faster than using only one big stick in one channel.

The PSU is fine. Hope it is a quality make as they last longer and don't cause damage when they go.
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a b V Motherboard
April 18, 2011 7:25:13 PM


If you install Linux, you won't be able to install and run programs designed for Windows. That's one drawback to Linux. I don't know if COD has a Linux version or not.

Here's the download link to Linux:
http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download

Burn the bootable ISO image to a CD, then boot from the CD. You'll be able to either run Linux from the CD to try it, or install it directly from the CD, or both.

Just remember, it won't run Windows programs.
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a b V Motherboard
April 18, 2011 10:06:17 PM

mbreslin1954 said:
If you install Linux, you won't be able to install and run programs designed for Windows.
Just remember, it won't run Windows programs.
I know people say that, but it is only partially true. After all, you could set up a virtual drive and run Linux from Windows.
Although, admittedly, the benefits of doing so are negligible.
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