Upgrading a Dell Dimension 4550, need help

By kefkakrazy
Dec 27, 2008
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  1. Alright. Here's the deal. I have a Dell Dimension 4550 desktop at this moment. I want to upgrade this, on the theory that upgrading the old system will give me a workable (if not spectacular) system. My total budget is preferably around 300 dollars, though I imagine that I could go over that if needed.

    (Oi, it won't let me post the link to the documentation... how annoying.)

    I have a Radeon 9500 Pro video card in it at present, and the rest is pretty much stock-it's a 2.4 GHz processor, I believe, with nothing else spectacular. It came with 256 MB of DDR SDRAM, and I've added a 512 stick as well, for a total of 700-something.

    My current possible intentions:
    I want to upgrade the RAM-if I can get it at a good price I'll replace one or both of the ram modules with 512, for 1 gig of ram. I think I read someplace that this particular model of computer doesn't support dual-channel ram, anyway, so...

    I want to upgrade the video card. It is, as the link will state, a 4x AGP slot, and I want the best I can get within reason. The current power supply is 250 watts-I can try replacing it if absolutely necessary. (Does the video card need updated that badly? I'm not good at comparing them.)

    Bear in mind that I don't need a high-end gaming rig here, I just want to be able to run some newer games. I'd like to be able to run Oblivion or Fallout 3, for example. Lot of newer games (for me) that I'd like to be able to run.

    I'm currently considering the 7600GS video card.
  2. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,251

    Hi

    as a newbie you cant post links, as for Dell PC's why bother upgrading it, just sell it and buy a new unit, easier in the long run and cheaper, from what i remember Dell use specific PSU's in some of their machines so if you wanted to swap it out it would have to be a Dell PSU.

    You can pick up a good spec PC for a few quid nowadays as they are getting cheaper all the time.
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