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January 15, 2013 1:49:24 AM

I've recently received a Dell Dimension 2400. I've got 500MB of RAM. An Intel Celeron 1 2.40 GHz processor. And an Intel 82845G graphics card. Now I obviously must upgrade my RAM, and my CPU. But with what and how much would it cost? I can easily get DDR sticks. I don't want to change my motherboard and I don't want to get a new computer. I want this computer to run basic online games. I can run WoW quite smoothly at the moment but I want to play a bit more. I know absolutely nothing about graphics cards but I want the best one for my PC. Any suggestions?
January 15, 2013 7:09:38 AM

it is very unlikely that you would want to go through changing your processor on that PC as it would be restricted by the MoBo, therefore not really worht the money you would spend on it. if you do a crucial scan (google crucial memory scanner) it will tell you the type of RAM you can use and what the maximum size you can have per slot/in total is. then just search your favourite supplier site for that type of memory and take it from there (many people on toms hardware endorse www.newegg.com ). As far the graphics card, you would need a PCI graphics card (not PCI-E). my suggestion on that would most likely be http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you dont really want to spend that much on it, take your pick from the rest of the list (bear in mind, you really do get what you pay for)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
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January 15, 2013 7:38:20 AM

i think its entirely amazing that you can run WoW on a DellD2400, i was getting lagging on my D3100 for age of empires 3....

1. ram is probably increasable to 2gb only, but still better than 500mb
2. your 'graphics card' is intergrated at the moment which is close to bad. as phate1337 said, that mobo only has a PCI slot, which means the graphics improvement you can expect from that PC is not at all massive.

try this GeForce 8400GS 512MB's DDR3, PCI Slot,
http://www.amazon.com/Sparkle-GeForce-8400GS-Graphics-S...
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January 15, 2013 7:49:44 PM

phate1337 said:
it is very unlikely that you would want to go through changing your processor on that PC as it would be restricted by the MoBo, therefore not really worht the money you would spend on it. if you do a crucial scan (google crucial memory scanner) it will tell you the type of RAM you can use and what the maximum size you can have per slot/in total is. then just search your favourite supplier site for that type of memory and take it from there (many people on toms hardware endorse www.newegg.com ). As far the graphics card, you would need a PCI graphics card (not PCI-E). my suggestion on that would most likely be http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you dont really want to spend that much on it, take your pick from the rest of the list (bear in mind, you really do get what you pay for)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...


So would it really be too hard to upgrade the CPU? Even if it was just to a Pentium 4 or something like that? And would getting the new graphics card really be a tremendous help, or would it be silly to upgrade it?
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January 15, 2013 7:51:46 PM

necrokamios said:
i think its entirely amazing that you can run WoW on a DellD2400, i was getting lagging on my D3100 for age of empires 3....

1. ram is probably increasable to 2gb only, but still better than 500mb
2. your 'graphics card' is intergrated at the moment which is close to bad. as phate1337 said, that mobo only has a PCI slot, which means the graphics improvement you can expect from that PC is not at all massive.

try this GeForce 8400GS 512MB's DDR3, PCI Slot,
http://www.amazon.com/Sparkle-GeForce-8400GS-Graphics-S...

I'm able to run it with acceptable lag. Is that card truly worth the money or should I just keep the integrated one?
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January 15, 2013 7:58:26 PM

ConfusingTouch said:
I've recently received a Dell Dimension 2400. I've got 500MB of RAM. An Intel Celeron 1 2.40 GHz processor. And an Intel 82845G graphics card. Now I obviously must upgrade my RAM, and my CPU. But with what and how much would it cost? I can easily get DDR sticks. I don't want to change my motherboard and I don't want to get a new computer. I want this computer to run basic online games. I can run WoW quite smoothly at the moment but I want to play a bit more. I know absolutely nothing about graphics cards but I want the best one for my PC. Any suggestions?


ok. you need to build a new pc because for that computer they dont sell socket 775 cpus anymore. unless u get them used. u could buy another 500gb stick of ram or 1gb and it will help a little not much. ur graphics card is very very low end. if u want a good gpu u need atleast 1 pci express 16x slot. but ur pc is so old i dont even know if it wil have one. it probably just has pci slots which is a complete waste of money. u need to start from scrach. buy a 1155 mobo new ivy bridge i3 cpu and a gtc 600 series or radeon 7000 seires gpu. listen to me my friend i had an old system like that and its a waste of money. i now have a fx8350 and solid parts and ill never go back
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January 19, 2013 5:21:46 PM

ConfusingTouch said:
So would it really be too hard to upgrade the CPU? Even if it was just to a Pentium 4 or something like that? And would getting the new graphics card really be a tremendous help, or would it be silly to upgrade it?

it would be a help, but you would probably then eliminate the bottleneck caused by the lack of graphics card, just to see one spring up due to your processor. changing it wouldn't be incredibly hard, but to be honest, it won't be worth it. you can put together a cheap modern PC for around £300 (GBP) if you know where to look that will run WoW quite comfortably.
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