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I would like to upgrade this desktop

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March 18, 2012 8:44:49 PM

Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Basic
System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
System Model: Vostro 200
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E7200 @ 2.53GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.5GHz
Memory: 2046MB RAM
Card name: ATI Radeon HD 4300/4500(4350) Series
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc.
Chip type: ATI display adapter (0x954F)
DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
Driver Name: aticfx32.dll,aticfx32.dll,atiumdag.dll,atidxx32.dll,atiumdva.cap
Driver Version: 8.17.0010.1077 (English)

Can someone tell me what i should do to upgrade this? because this computer kinda sucks.

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March 18, 2012 10:27:00 PM

There are a few missing variables here. 1) Is your Vista basic 32 or 64 Bit? 2) do you play Games? 3) What do you do with you computer and what is it not doing for you to believe it sucks?
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March 18, 2012 10:32:56 PM

How does the PC suck? What is your goal? What software/games do you want to run?

For a general performance increase the simplest and best thing to do is copy all of your important data to an external disk/drive and peform a reinstallation of windows via Dell's recovery console (usually F10 or ESC at boot to access it, or follow the onscreen instructions).

After that, I'd pick up some new RAM, 2 x 2GB sticks of DDR2 PC26400 should be plenty for that PC and will only run around $50. If you're into gaming a Radeon HD 7750 is the best GPU you can get that doesn't require any external power input and will run around $125, but if your Vostro is a half height desktop unit rather than the tower version you'll be severly limited in GPU choices. You might be able to update your BIOS and get a faster CPU too, but honestly it wouldn't be worth the investment as many of the better used Core 2 CPU's cost nearly as much as a brand new CPU from the current generation of products which perform much better. Finally, the biggest upgrade you can probably easily make hardware wise would be to pick up a solid state hard drive which will run several hundred dollars, but will significantly increase overall system performance in regard to loading and file copy times.
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March 18, 2012 10:59:43 PM

Battlefield 3, i want to run it on Low at a playable frame rate, right now it can't
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March 18, 2012 11:20:32 PM

Do you play online? If so how many players are you trying to play with 32 or 64? With a core 2 duo you should not play with 64 players. What type of case do you have? Will your case support the installation of a full size video card (not a half height card)?
Video card full size http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Video card Low Profile http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
And upgrade to 4GB of Ram and you should be good.
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March 18, 2012 11:28:50 PM

navalweaponsofficer said:
Do you play online? If so how many players are you trying to play with 32 or 64? With a core 2 duo you should not play with 64 players. What type of case do you have? Will your case support the installation of a full size video card (not a half height card)?
Video card full size http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Video card Low Profile http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
And upgrade to 4GB of Ram and you should be good.



Wut? MY friend has a core 2 duo and he can play 64 players no problems.
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March 19, 2012 12:06:49 AM

Can you play with 64 players on a core 2 Duo yes, but BF3 recommends a quad core that additional CPU compute power is used for online game play. The user experience will be much better with 64 players when using a quad core.
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March 19, 2012 12:17:42 AM

It all comes down to how much you want to spend and if a full size card will fit or not
6570 $82
6670 $108
4Gb ram $55
i wouldnt put that much money tho . i would just stick with getting 6570 it would be able to do what you want.
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