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Dimension E310 Upgrade

By Whosline07
Dec 26, 2007
  1. There's quite a few like this, but none seemed to answer my question so I'm going to start my own and be straightforward.

    I'm looking for the best video card upgrade for my Dell Dimension E310.

    SPECS:

    Dell Dimension E310 DV051
    Motherboard- Model #0JC474, Chipset i915P/i915G
    Current Card- Intel 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family
    Memory- 1.5 GB RAM
    CPU-lntel Pentium 4
    CPU Speed- 2.80 GHz
    Power Supply- Dell?
    Output- 230W

    The main game I will be playing is World of Warcraft, and I'm currently getting from 5-15 fps, averaging at about 8, which is not very good. If there is a card I can get up to $175 (or close) that will significantly improve my fps, please let me know.
     
  2. samjohnson

    samjohnson TS Maniac Posts: 238

  3. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

    This would be your only other option:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161197
    Since you have 1 pcie x1 slot you might as well use it if available. It's faster than pci.
    Your psu should be ok with this.
    If not this shows what you can get:
    http://www.power-on.com/ea460u.html
    reference from here:
    http://www.power-on.com/dell.html

    I would recommend the least expensive accecptable psu if you decide to:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371005
    27amps for $30 (after rebate)
     
  4. samjohnson

    samjohnson TS Maniac Posts: 238

    Hmmm that PCI x1 card would be alright with the PSU, that is good to know since I have a E310 that I would like to put a better card in for it. Will a ATX PSU fit in a dell case?
    I second getting the PCI x1 card then.
     
  5. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

    I never used a pcie x 1 card so can't garantee the psu would be enough (but it should)
    what I know:
    your psu is 230w
    250w = about 345 (rough guess)
    305w (I used to have) = 22amps on the 12v
    This is the 305w psu-just to show that Dell psu's are under-rated
    [​IMG]
    This is the card
    http://www.hisdigital.com/html/product_ov.php?id=335&view=yes
    This is what it says:
    "Compatible for Dell Dimension E310 Desktop"
    your owner's manual
    http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim3100/en/sm/index.htm

    Whosline07,
    Your call, your $
    Google can be your friend
     
  6. Chappu

    Chappu TS Rookie Posts: 49

    U need to be careful with dell psu, they make them so u cant change it, and on several accounts i have heard that it can ruin your computer if you change it, but most cheaper video cards require about 300w psu
     
  7. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

    1. Some older models are propriety, yes. Not the model in question.
    2. Did you read the thread before posting?
    3. Several accounts being what?
     
  8. kzer107

    kzer107 TS Rookie

    upgrading...

    I have this computer as well, and i'm also into gaming, and graphic design. I unfortunately did not know as much about computers when I bought this computer as I know now. I decided that I want to upgrade this as much as I can. After doing research and reading this thread, i've decided on:


    this graphics card:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161197

    this psu:
    http://www.power-on.com/ea460u.html


    I have 1 gb RAM, but I want to go up to 2 gb, on 2 cards (2 X 1GB). What is the best quality ram i can get for this computer? Any of these work, or anything better/worse?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...1052308477+1052408147&name=DDR2+533+(PC2+4200)

    Next, is a sound card. It would have to be a pci sound card. The total amount I want to spend on the RAM cards and the sound card would be about 100 dollars.

    Thanks in advance,
    Ethan
     
  9. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

  10. kzer107

    kzer107 TS Rookie

    Ok, I ran the scan, got these results:

    * Maximum Memory Capacity: 2048MB
    * Currently Installed Memory: 1GB
    * Available Memory Slots: 0
    * Number of Banks: 2
    * Dual Channel Support: Yes
    * CPU Manufacturer: GenuineIntel
    * CPU Family: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.06GHz Model 4, Stepping 9
    * CPU Speed: 3059 MHz
    * Although the memory can be installed one module at a time, the best performance comes from using matched pairs of modules.
    *Each memory slot can hold DDR2 PC2-4200 with a maximum of 1GB per slot.


    So what do I need to look for on newegg? Will any RAM that is DDR2 PC2-4200 and 1gb a card work?


    Also, any suggestions on sound cards?
     
  11. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

  12. kzer107

    kzer107 TS Rookie

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231018

    That doesn't work? I like that it has a heat spreader, and I think it's a bit better quality.


    And that seems like and excellent sound card, good brand, good price, thanks.
     
  13. kisrum

    kisrum TS Rookie Posts: 18

    If it is decided you need a PSU then you can try this http://www.pcpower.com/Dell/series/Dimension.html. I was suspicious of the PSU cost and compatibility but I put one of these in a Dimension E510 and am very happy with it.

    If you don't need that much power then fine.
     
  14. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

    It is a high quality unit (the one I have in my system)
    470w @ 26amps
    470w continous, 520w peak
    Tier II
    on the expensive side, but you get what you pay for:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703011
     
  15. kzer107

    kzer107 TS Rookie

    So, if i'm going to place an order on newegg of all the best parts possible for this computer, it would be these:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161197 --gpu

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102012 -- sound card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703011 -- psu

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231018 --RAM

    or does this RAM not work with the E310? If not....


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146569 -- this RAM

    Comes to about 280 bucks total. This pretty much the best I can do to this machine?

    EDIT: I heard that crucial is one of the best brands, so i'll go with that.
     
  16. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

    All I can tell you is the one I linked you to works, Dell compatable, and if bought from Crucial garanteed to work.
    Of course buy it from Newegg since it's cheaper and the same thing.
    Not to say your preferred choice won't work, it may or may not. Dells tend to be finicky with ram, especially an older model such as yours.
    Just compare the specs, it your choice
    G Skill
    cas 4
    4-4-4-12
    1.8-2.2v

    Crucial
    cas 5
    5-5-5-15
    1.8

    Why do you want a heat-spreader? You can't o'c it anyway.
     
  17. 58grunt11

    58grunt11 TS Rookie

    I also have a dell e310 and the video and memory suck. I was wondering if i use
    this gpu HIS Hightech H155HMF256EL1N-R Radeon X1550 256MB 64-bit GDDR2
    PCI Express x1 Low Profile Video Card and this 2gb ram from crucial, if I would
    have to upgrade my power supply? I dont really want to is what Im saying : )
     
  18. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 923   +11

    that is a tinny PSU, and I would advise anyone with that computer and using it for more than office to upgrade the PSU.
     
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