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New processor for a dell optiplex GX280

Hello, I have a Dell optiplex GX280 large version. and i have 1GB of ram. I was looking for a video card and i stumbled upon an ATI Saphhire Radeon HD 5570. It looked to good to be true. I was wondering if it could work, i know it will fit though. Do i need more RAM to support it? BTW i forgot to mention i have a 3.20ghz processor. Do i need an upgarde on that too?
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  1. if you're using win xp then 1GB of RAM is still fine. if you're using vista or seven you're going to need at least 2GB of RAM. but i think it is better to have 2GB of RAM if you have gaming in mind even with win xp. if you want to take full advantage of 5570 you're going to need better cpu than your current one but i think it is hard to upgrade considering how old your platform are.
  2. Looks like it will work fine. I am guessing you are running xp I would have atleast a total of 4 gig or memory.
  3. christop said:
    Looks like it will work fine. I am guessing you are running xp I would have atleast a total of 4 gig or memory.


    that would be fine as well assuming he was using win xp 64 bit.
  4. my 280 slim desktop only had a 250watt psu
    which is equal to about 300-350 aftermarket psu

    careful you have a strong enough power supply plus if you need any power connectors
    not sure if 5570 needs external power or not
  5. king smp said:

    not sure if 5570 needs external power or not


    the card doesn't have it. only 5700, 5800 and 5900 series need external power connector.
  6. renz496 said:
    if you're using win xp then 1GB of RAM is still fine. if you're using vista or seven you're going to need at least 2GB of RAM. but i think it is better to have 2GB of RAM if you have gaming in mind even with win xp. if you want to take full advantage of 5570 you're going to need better cpu than your current one but i think it is hard to upgrade considering how old your platform are.


    Thanks, do you have any suggestions because all i have is pentium 4. Would a Intel Xeon work? If not please give me some suggestions. ALSO all im gonna do is play Minecraft, which isnt some sort of top notch game.
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    normally xeon processor used in server based motherboard. even they are pin compatible with your motherboard it does't mean it will work. that's why some board need BIOS update if they want to use newer processor. in case of xeon it might not work with consumer base motherboard.

    i think it is better to leave your PC as it be if you don't really play other games. instead of upgrading it is better to save your money and build completely new rig with much more recent hardware. sometimes upgrading an old pc can be costly but the performance increase are not really worth it.
  8. renz496 said:
    normally xeon processor used in server based motherboard. even they are pin compatible with your motherboard it does't mean it will work. that's why some board need BIOS update if they want to use newer processor. in case of xeon it might not work with consumer base motherboard.

    i think it is better to leave your PC as it be if you don't really play other games. instead of upgrading it is better to save your money and build completely new rig with much more recent hardware. sometimes upgrading an old pc can be costly but the performance increase are not really worth it.



    Thanks for the advice. But if i do plan on getting a more recent Desktop. I dont like laptops. What type would be not to costly and can still play games. (Sorry for asking so much questions, but i think you know what your talking about.)
  9. LocoMonoco said:
    Thanks for the advice. But if i do plan on getting a more recent Desktop. I dont like laptops. What type would be not to costly and can still play games. (Sorry for asking so much questions, but i think you know what your talking about.)


    no worry mate :) . that's why people asking for help in forum. for the new build it depends alot on how much you want to spend on it.
  10. renz496 said:
    no worry mate :) . that's why people asking for help in forum. for the new build it depends alot on how much you want to spend on it.



    Ok, well i was thinking $450 USD or less.
  11. how about this one
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6892527&SRCCODE=PRICEGRABBER&cm_mmc_o=2mHCjCVybgwTyz__wyCjCVqHCjCdwwp&cpncode=25-45295308-2

    that is if you dont want to build one yourself

    If you build yourself then use this as a build
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/budget-gaming-pc-phenom-ii-radeon-hd-6850,2903.html

    just get a cheaper video card (HD5770 or HD5670) and you be about $450 USD
  12. Thanks for the help. I got an Nvidia Geforce 430GT for now. :sol:
  13. Best answer selected by LocoMonoco.
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