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Dell Dimesion 2400 upgrade questions

By raulduke52
Feb 9, 2011
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  1. hi, first post, my friends are tired of me asking these stupid questions. my 2004 dell dimesion has a P4 2.4ghz cpu. is there any simple way to improve the cpu ? if so can i just drop it in? i have 2 dimm slots. 1/2 gig each. will two 1 gig sticks make a difference? if so, can i use pc3200 or do i need pc2700, or are they interchangeable? thankyou.
     
  2. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,889

    According to your system specs you can have a maximum of 2GB of memory DDR SDRAM.

    The supported CPU's are:

    Intel® Pentium® 4 that runs at 2.2 or 2.4 GHz internally and 400 MHz externally, or 2.266, 2.4, 2.53, 2.66, 2.8, or 3.06 GHz internally and 533 MHz externally.

    Intel Celeron® that runs at 2.0, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, or 2.7 GHz internally and 400 MHz externally.

    A faster CPU will speed up your system but with a maximum increase to the Pentium 4 at 3.06 don't expect to notice a huge difference.

    Increasing memory to 2GB will only notice when you run programs that use a lot of memory.
     
  3. raulduke52

    raulduke52 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks for that mark. can i use pc 3200 interchangeably with pc 2700 ?
     
  4. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    You can use the faster memory modules but they will underclock themselves to the fastest speed that the motherboard can support.
     
  5. raulduke52

    raulduke52 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks for that.
    so it's just kind of overkill but they will function ok?
     
  6. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,889

    Yes they will be fine.
     
  7. raulduke52

    raulduke52 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks guys, i appreciate the info.
     
  8. winterwolf1223

    winterwolf1223 TS Rookie Posts: 55

    you can use pc3200 on a motherboard that only supports pc 2700?

    When i put in my pc3200 ddr RAM in, it just makes a long non-stop beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeepppppp sound and it does not start up. Whats the problem there?
     
  9. raulduke52

    raulduke52 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    here's another dummie question;
    does my old dell dimension 2400 (with pc2770 ram)
    use high or low density ram ?
    what is the difference?
    will either work with my box?
     
  10. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,889

  11. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,889

    Winterwolf1223.

    You should start a new thread for this question but this quick answer might solve your problem. I think it is highly likely that the RAM stick is faulty or incompatible.

    Use the tools on the first page to advise you on the memory you can use.

    http://www.crucial.com/
     
  12. raulduke52

    raulduke52 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    that link to the high/low explanation was great. one less mystery. cheers.
     
  13. pVk

    pVk TS Rookie Posts: 16

    yes

    yes it will be supported
     
  14. winterwolf1223

    winterwolf1223 TS Rookie Posts: 55

    I believe high density isnt fully compatible, because when I put a 1GB high density RAM into my Dimension 2400 it only reads half the 1GB.
     

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