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Dell Dimension 2400 upgrades

By samsample
Sep 26, 2010
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  1. Hi, I'm looking to purchase a couple upgrades for my ancient Dell Dimension 2400. Right off the bat, let me state that I am fully aware how old this system is, and that it is very limited (e.g. it only has PCI slots, no AGP or PCI-E). I am also aware that for the money I propose to spend, I could get a new, much faster computer. Having said that, I am not interested in doing so.
    I Have 2GB of RAM, with as much hard drive space as I need. I have a 2.4 GHZ Celeron processor and a 64 MB integrated graphics chip, and a standard power supply, which I believe is 200 or 250W. I am running Windows XP SP3.
    My first proposed upgrade is from my 2.4 GHZ Celeron to a 3.06 GHZ Pentium 4.
    http://www.compuvest.com/Desc.jsp;jsessionid=c1b1f271ce88f0f68ef02e71b91e?iid=846286
    My second proposed upgrade is a Sparkle GeForce 9500 GT 1024 MB PCI graphics card.
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5771192&CatId=1603
    My questions are, will these parts be compatible with my computer, and will I need a bigger power supply for them? The graphics card says it needs a 400W PCI-E compliant power system, and a PCI-E power connector. I have also been looking at the following replacement power supply:
    http://www.cputopia.com/hp-480w-dell-dimension-2400.html
    Do I need this, and will it work with the card, or at all? It also seems surprisingly cheap, should I be worried about that? Also, would overclocking any parts of this computer totally destroy it? I figure it would probably be a bad idea on something this old, but am I wrong?
    Answers to any of my questions or other advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
     
  2. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    All the above parts will be compatible with your computer. However, you may need to flash your BIOS for the P4 CPU to be supported. You will also require the 480W PSU in order to be able to run the 9500GT.

    As for overclocking, it's not going to net you any sufficient gains on that system.
     
  3. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,128

    Yea i think saving your money and buying something like this iBUYPOWER Gamer Power would be a much better idea, or building your own custom PC for about the same price or cheaper.
     


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