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June 18, 2011 6:34:03 PM

Hi,
I have Dell Dimension 4700 and I bought and installed a video card , HIS HD 4670 IceQ 1GB (128bit) 850 MHz DDR3 PCIe, in the system since i play games such as League Of Legends. The video card can't perform its actual works since the system is limiting it's capabilities. People said that it't because the system and the video card are bottle necked. I'm not sure what it means. But, i guess they are uncompatible? There are improvments in the gaming thoguh. But I want to replace my motherboard. So, I need advice in buying new MoBo to replace the current MoBo( considering the budget ).My system spec are as below :

Operating System
MS Windows XP Home 32-bit SP3
CPU
Intel Pentium 4 520
Intel Pentium 4 520
Prescott 90nm Technology
RAM
3.3GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 199MHz (3-3-3-9)
Motherboard
Dell Inc. 0M3918 (Microprocessor)
Graphics
HP S2031 (1600x900@60Hz)
1024MB ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series (ATI AIB) 55 °C
Hard Drives
39.1GB Seagate ST340014AS (SATA) 56 °C
a b B Homebuilt system
a b U Graphics card
June 19, 2011 3:18:26 AM

By bottlenecked people mean that your CPU (P4 520) is not powerful enough. You can't simply replace the motherboard. You also have to replace the motherboard, CPU, memory and hard disk as it also is very slow by current standards. In addition, you'll probably have to replace the power supply if you buy a better GPU.

Instead of upgrading that old system, you should build from scratch a new system that meets your requirements.
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a b B Homebuilt system
a b U Graphics card
June 19, 2011 1:07:43 PM

if your on a rtight budget you could go for a AM2+ board, keep your ddr2 ram, and upgrade to a phenom II or athlon II.
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June 21, 2012 2:42:38 AM

I have the same Processor and same board. You can only go as high as Pentium 4 570J which is a 3.8Ghz
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June 21, 2012 11:58:39 PM

nicko43087 said:
I have the same Processor and same board. You can only go as high as Pentium 4 570J which is a 3.8Ghz


Did it actually speed up your Dell 4700?
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March 18, 2013 6:52:47 PM

darkmirror said:
nicko43087 said:
I have the same Processor and same board. You can only go as high as Pentium 4 570J which is a 3.8Ghz


Did it actually speed up your Dell 4700?


Yes it did, from what i read from the dell forum about which processor can go on it. 10-15%. Depending on which cpu you had on it. I had the 520. So I am sure i got the 15% boost.
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May 8, 2013 3:12:45 AM

nicko43087 said:
I have the same Processor and same board. You can only go as high as Pentium 4 570J which is a 3.8Ghz


You can also use the Pentium 4 670 which is also 3.8Ghz but, has more cache as long as you have updated to the A10 bios.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/332610-28-dell-dimens...
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May 9, 2013 2:49:30 AM

Idonno said:
nicko43087 said:
I have the same Processor and same board. You can only go as high as Pentium 4 570J which is a 3.8Ghz


You can also use the Pentium 4 670 which is also 3.8Ghz but, has more cache as long as you have updated to the A10 bios.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/332610-28-dell-dimens...



Yeah. I read that's for the 64-bit OS. Unless the A10 Bios update for it. I plan put win7 on here and then giving this to parents. Since theirs is like 10 years old, this tower is only about 6-7.
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May 9, 2013 3:07:03 AM

nicko43087 said:
Yeah. I read that's for the 64-bit OS. Unless the A10 Bios update for it. I plan put win7 on here and then giving this to parents. Since theirs is like 10 years old, this tower is only about 6-7.

I'm using a Pentium 4 670 on my old 4700 with XP Pro 32bit and the A10 bios. It works very well.

I realize that this isn't that important to this thread right now but in case someone stumbles across it, they might want to know.
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September 7, 2013 5:53:14 PM

Idonno said:
nicko43087 said:
Yeah. I read that's for the 64-bit OS. Unless the A10 Bios update for it. I plan put win7 on here and then giving this to parents. Since theirs is like 10 years old, this tower is only about 6-7.

I'm using a Pentium 4 670 on my old 4700 with XP Pro 32bit and the A10 bios. It works very well.

I realize that this isn't that important to this thread right now but in case someone stumbles across it, they might want to know.


Dell has bios updates that go from A2 - A18 is there a reason that you stuck with the A10?
I think the system I want to update has the A1 bios in it, do you think it would be alright to update right to the A18 and skip all the other updates in between?
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September 8, 2013 1:04:20 PM

magickmoon said:
Dell has bios updates that go from A2 - A18 is there a reason that you stuck with the A10?
I think the system I want to update has the A1 bios in it, do you think it would be alright to update right to the A18 and skip all the other updates in between?
Yes, one very good reason. The A10 bios is the last bios revision for the Dell Dimension 4700 period. While Dell may indeed have a A18 bios, the last bios written for the Dimension 4700 is the A10 bios.
So when you download your A10 bios make sure it's the one that's written for your 4700, one written for a different PC (like a 4700C) will likely brick your PC.

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