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Old 12-29-2006, 10:07 PM   #1
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I am throwing one of a few things around in my head involving my computer. I am either wanting to upgrade some parts in my current dell computer, buy a new computer, or build a whole new one. My first thought as to upgrading some of my parts are that I own a dell. Can I buy parts such as a new video card and hard drive and install them into my dell without having an issue or do I have to buy directly from dell? What It looks like to me is that if I buy from dell it costs more than if I don't. So that is my first issue that I would like to handle is that can i buy non-dell products for my dell.
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Old 12-30-2006, 10:39 AM   #2
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Yes, you don't have to go through Dell--although warranty issues may come up. Video card, hard drives, RAM, CPU can all be upgraded wihtout going through Dell. www.newegg.com is the best place to get them.
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Old 12-30-2006, 11:51 AM   #3
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So what would be some of the things I would want to replace. I have 1.25 gigs ram on my computer currently. 2.4 ghz speed, and its a dimension 4600. I have 40 gigs of hard drive space which I want to upgrade, and I def need a new video card and possibly a motherboard. But from what I have read I think I would getting in over my head with alot fo stuff, due to the fact I have to make sure things are compatible with other things, and then installing certain things on ym computer. A new hard drive would mean a loss of all my current information.
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Old 12-30-2006, 01:00 PM   #4
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If you're going to upgrade the motherboard, you might as well upgrade everything else too. The new motherboards are very good and loaded with features and performance. I think what you have is fine and that the only thing I really see that needs upgrading is your video card. I'm not sure what video slot you have available. Do you have an AGP port or does your motherboard support PCI-express x16?
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Old 12-30-2006, 01:08 PM   #5
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i checked for him and its an AGP 8x
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Old 12-30-2006, 02:14 PM   #6
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Its about 3 or 4 year old computer so alot of its parts do need updating. And thanks for checking for me .
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I'd say build you own. Much more fun, if you don't have the cash to buy it all at once you can always buy 1 piece at a time.
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Old 12-30-2006, 02:23 PM   #8
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I have currently 1200 dollars to do something with. I will have a few hundred more in about a week, and my 21st birthday is coming up on the 23rd, so I am gonna have some more from that. So basically I am trying to figure out if building it or buying a new one is gonna be the answer for me, or if replacing parts on my current dell would be a better idea. What I do want to do no matter what I do is increase my hard drive space, get a new video card(play World of Warcraft and Age of Empires Series, and a 3 to 4 year old video card isnt cutting it), get some more ram, and a new speaker system. I am thinking that with those kind of things it would be easier to just build a gaming computer from scratch instead of throwing new stuff into an old computer, true or not? Currently I am visiting my family so I am away form my computer, but I am also encountering a problem with my computer. My uncle has called me and told me that my computer went to a blue screen and said soemthing about dumping physical memory due to an error, and it occassionaly messages him telling him about trying to clean something. I know this alot to ppost about and is more than one issue, but I got alot going on right now =P. Thanks for your help guys.

Also because its an AGP does that mean I cant use PCI express video cards?
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Yes you can't use a PCI-E card in a AGP slot. AGP is slowly dieing thats why I recommend building your own. You probally want to make sure the motherboard you buy has 2 pci-e cards just for futer upgrading if you want 2 run SLI or Crossfire.
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Old 12-31-2006, 10:12 AM   #10
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Ok, so wat kind of motherboards could I pick up for my dell dimension 4600? And what graphics cards could I get to go along with it? Also about the my previous post about the physical memory dump my computer was going through, what do I do about that?
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