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September 23, 2010 7:15:31 AM

Hey guys I have a Dell Dimension 4500S I am working on for a friend. It has 512mb or ram and actually isnt running too bad. What kind of upgrades would you suggest for this rig? I was thinking of grabbing 2x1gb sticks of pc2100. Anything else for normal use? All he really does is video chat to the Philippines. He also uses it for facebook and email etc. Nothing demanding. But he wants to speed it up. Other then Ram what would you suggest? He has an 80gb HDD and a 1TB external.

Thanks for the help!

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September 23, 2010 7:33:28 AM

If I am not mistaken Dell uses special memory.

Kingston part# KTD4400/1G
September 23, 2010 7:37:19 AM

CrossStealth said:
Hey guys I have a Dell Dimension 4500S I am working on for a friend. It has 512mb or ram and actually isnt running too bad. What kind of upgrades would you suggest for this rig? I was thinking of grabbing 2x1gb sticks of pc2100. Anything else for normal use? All he really does is video chat to the Philippines. He also uses it for facebook and email etc. Nothing demanding. But he wants to speed it up. Other then Ram what would you suggest? He has an 80gb HDD and a 1TB external.

Thanks for the help!

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim4500S/...

It looks like it won't take memory sticks larger than 512MB. The maximum amount it supports is 1GB. That was the 4500, not 4500S.

There isn't alot you can do because it's so dated. Defrag the hard drive if you already haven't. If it isn't 7200RPM, that may be a decent upgrade.
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September 23, 2010 3:16:19 PM

I did something similar for my ex-brother-in-law. wielander's suggestion is a good idea. I would just up the RAM, clean up the computer (defrag, maybe clear out unused programs (bloatware)), and possibly upgrade the Boot HDD. Not sure the budget though.

Not really much else to do, given the age and usage of the computer.
September 23, 2010 7:53:37 PM

Its actually my friends/bosses computer. I wiped the HDD last night and reinstalled windows xp SP3 on it. I was thinking about upping the ram and reapplying thermal paste. Is it worth to reapply the paste? Also what kind of increase will the HDD speed will I see going to a 7200. I thought that was mainly in charge of opening programs but not running programs etc.

Thanks for the replies so far!

Oh and I thought as long as it was 184 pin pc2100 ram it would work. Is that not the case? Also will his board run dual channel? or is it single stick
September 23, 2010 8:03:31 PM

CrossStealth said:
Its actually my friends/bosses computer. I wiped the HDD last night and reinstalled windows xp SP3 on it. I was thinking about upping the ram and reapplying thermal paste. Is it worth to reapply the paste? Also what kind of increase will the HDD speed will I see going to a 7200. I thought that was mainly in charge of opening programs but not running programs etc.

Thanks for the replies so far!

Oh and I thought as long as it was 184 pin pc2100 ram it would work. Is that not the case? Also will his board run dual channel? or is it single stick


No point in re-applying thermal past if its not over heating now, Getting a 7200 RPM hard drive will decrease windows boot times and application/program load times. As far as I am aware Dell didnt use special ram for that model so you can try and buy some 184pin PC2100. You can find 512MB sticks for about 20 bucks. I dont know what the maximum amount of RAM your motherboard supports but it will likely max out at 1 or 2 GB.

You can download CPU-Z from www.CPUID.com and look under Memory and SPD it will tell you the type of RAM so you can verify that it is DDR2100
September 23, 2010 8:08:55 PM

Im going to have to get realtemp on his pc and see if there is any heating issues but i dont think there is. Ill see if he wants to grab a faster HDD.

I thought it could use any 184 pin pc2100
He has 2 sticks of 256mb ram in it now, according to this site
http://configurator.memorystock.com/result.asp?mn=Dimen...
The mac ram is 2gb so Ill look for 2x 1gb deals. So far Ive come across this one.

$80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and this one

$53.49 used
http://www.amazon.com/IBM-Memory-184-pin-PC2100-CL2-5/d...

Seeing as its such an old pc do you think there will be a difference in these sticks?

Thanks for the advice!
September 23, 2010 8:27:12 PM

CrossStealth said:
Im going to have to get realtemp on his pc and see if there is any heating issues but i dont think there is. Ill see if he wants to grab a faster HDD.

I thought it could use any 184 pin pc2100
He has 2 sticks of 256mb ram in it now, according to this site
http://configurator.memorystock.com/result.asp?mn=Dimen...
The mac ram is 2gb so Ill look for 2x 1gb deals. So far Ive come across this one.

$80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and this one

$53.49 used
http://www.amazon.com/IBM-Memory-184-pin-PC2100-CL2-5/d...

Seeing as its such an old pc do you think there will be a difference in these sticks?

Thanks for the advice!


I dont know if that board supports ECC ram (the amazon link) And I am pretty sure that is server RAM which will NOT work.

http://www.buy.com/prod/kingston-2-gb-ddr-sdram-memory-...

Kingston is well known for its RAM and being compatiable in many systems, I would personally choose kingston.
November 27, 2013 5:35:28 PM

I am also trying to upgrade and need advice

I have a Dell 4500S 2gb ram and the stock 1.8 P4 processor with a 7200 200 GB HD. I purchased a 2.8 P4 Northwood for like 12 bucks on Ebay. After installing this CPU with thermal paste, the Bios and CPU-Z clock the cpu at 1.6 Ghz. No matter what tests I do, the CPU core speed stays right at 1.6. Anyone know why ?

CPU-Z lists the CPU as Northwood brand 8/ tech 0.13 um/ no core voltage listing/ Mobile Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80 Ghz/ core speed 1.6 Ghz/ multiplier x12/ bus sp 133 Mhz/ FSB 533 Mhz.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
November 27, 2013 5:41:55 PM

Hi I am also trying to upgrade and need help from the best source.

I have a Dell 4500S 2gb ram and the stock 1.8 P4 processor with a 7200 200 GB HD. I purchased a 2.8 P4 Northwood for like 12 bucks on Ebay. After installing this CPU with thermal paste, the Bios and CPU-Z clock the cpu at 1.6 Ghz. No matter what tests I do, the CPU core speed stays right at 1.6. Anyone know why ?

CPU-Z lists the CPU as Northwood brand 8/ tech 0.13 um/ no core voltage listing/ Mobile Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80 Ghz/ core speed 1.6 Ghz/ multiplier x12/ bus sp 133 Mhz/ FSB 533 Mhz.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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