Upgrading Dell Dimension 4700

By ravage9218
Jan 16, 2008
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  1. Upgrading My DELL Dimension 4700

    Hi, I want to upgrade my dell dimension 4700 with a new video card and more RAM. Can I upgrade it to the nvidia 8600gt and 2gb or Ram. Also what brands should I get for them and where?
  2. sledgus

    sledgus Newcomer, in training Posts: 150

    The dimension 4700 has an integrated graphics chipset, It does however have a black PCI-E express slot also, so yeah you can put an 8600GT in there. 2GB of RAM should be fine also.

    If your after quality ram at an affordable price, I'd get Corsair Value Select RAM. Corsair is one of the most respected memory manufacturers in the world.

    For the video card, if u wanted a cheaper option i'd go Gigabyte or something. If you wanted a big brand card, then ASUS, XFX and BFG are big names in gfx cards.
  3. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 875

  4. ravage9218

    ravage9218 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Upgrading Dell Dimension 4700.

    Can i install an nvidia 7900 or 8600 and get rid of my radeon x300. what other dx10 cards are compatible w/ my pc? list if possible
  5. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 875

  6. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,281   +24

    You have a PCI-Express slot and have a 305W PSU providing 22A on the +12V rails combined, which would allow for a 512MB 8600GTS as your best choice. Any higher and you'd need a new PSU.
  7. ravage9218

    ravage9218 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    I want to get a new graphic card and more ram for my dell dimension 4700.
    Do i need to uninstall my old graphics drivers and how do i go about doing so.


    What graphic card would you recommend for under $200 for my system?
  8. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 875

    I thought I stated as such was the case, anyway,
    OP stated "list if possible"
    I provided one
    Couldn't find the link you requested the other day, oh well
    OP's psu (for verification only, since you request links)

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  9. T0a5t3d

    T0a5t3d Newcomer, in training

    I used to use a Dell Dimension 4700 as well, but the airflow in the case sucked. You're probably gonna want to get a videocard thats not too hot... they all vary but look for something like a Geforce 7600GT or 8600GTS or a Radeon 3850 if u want decent gaming performance. As for RAM, get dual channel memory - preferably 1GB.
  10. pdyckman@comcas

    pdyckman@comcas Newcomer, in training Posts: 718

    This is in response to your question about uninstalling your present video drivers. If you want to do this (and I think it's a good idea just in case) you need to get to 'device manager'. Go to 'control panel'. choose 'system': then pick 'hardware' and then 'device manager' will show up. If you are using Vista...just go to 'control panel' and you will see 'device manager'. Choose that. Choose 'display adapters' then right click on whatever your display accelerator or display adapter is. Then choose 'uninstall'. That will stop your built in video drivers. 'Device manager' is an important place for you to learn about. It's the place that displays what components are working...and the ones that aren't. Just start studying graphics processors and pick the one that you like. Learn what the video card specs mean.
  11. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,281   +24

    I was typing out the reply and only when I hit the post button did I see your post. If you look at the post times, it's only 6 minutes apart. :)
     
  12. ravage9218

    ravage9218 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    I have a Dell Dimension 4700 and I want to upgrade it with a new video card, ram, and a power supply. What power supply is compatible with my computer that is around 500watts and will not fry any of my other components? The guys at Dell say if I upgrade it, it will destroy my other components. Is this true? Will I be able to upgrade to a Radeon HD 3850 if I get a new psu
  13. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    Do not create multiple threads for the same discussion subject, stick to this single thread.
  14. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    No, I don't think it will hurt your other components.

    But some points to remember:

    You are taking out the Dell labelled power Supply
    You may need to put another cooling fan in your system

    Wouldn't it be better to build your own computer, not a Dell computer, that has a support page, with just what's in it right now.

    I say sell the Dell, build your own (seeming you just need M/b and CPU with the parts that you would like to buy)
  15. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,281   +24

    The Dell people are probably confused, since yours is one of the Dell desktops that doesn't have a proprietarily wired PSU. So you can definitely replace the PSU in it. And no, it won't affect your components at all. A good 500W PSU would be this one. It will be able to support any new video card you put in your PC, including the HD 3850.
  16. ravage9218

    ravage9218 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    I Can G Get A New Psu?

    So I Can Get A New Psu And The Radeon Hd 3850 For My Dell 4700
  17. Boogityboo04

    Boogityboo04 Newcomer, in training Posts: 351

    Yes, but not if the card has a dual slot cooler, it won't fit.
  18. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    google psu calculator then add 30% to the results to determine if your current PSU can handle the wattage. Also bear in mind Dell tends to use proprietary PSUs on some models.

    ensure you check before buying otherwise you can fry your system.
  19. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 875

    Just curious why recommend that psu that has no documentation what so ever on the amperage available on the 12v over the stock psu that has 22 amps and can run those cards?
    Maybe that's why it's $10 ?
  20. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Because he has 3,394 posts and probably just knows this, I'd say.
  21. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,281   +24

    CoolerMaster has usually proven to be a good brand, and that particular PSU will be fine unless he overloads it too much, which is true of almost every PSU. Some particular pieces of that particular PSU that are bad make a lot of noise, but after an RMA the replacement part is quite good. Plus for the price, it can't be beat. A much better quality PSU would be the Antec Earthwatts 430W if the OP can afford it. I just posted the CoolerMaster PSU as an affordable alternative.
  22. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 875

    I was just curious because I get asked about that exact psu and there is no documentation anywhere on the net stating the 12v rating. Thanks
  23. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 875

    Since your full of useful information post a link with that psu's specs or you must know more than me since you have 200+ posts more.
    Whatever I post I have documentation to back it up and try to refrain from worthless, smart a** comments such as yours, but I will make an exception in your case.
  24. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 875

    Since your full of useful information post a link with that psu's specs or you must know more than me since you have 200+ posts more.
    Whatever I post I have documentation to back it up and try to refrain from worthless, smart a** comments such as yours, but I will make an exception in your case.
  25. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 875

    Since your full of useful information post a link with that psu's specs or you must know more than me since you have 200+ posts more.
    Whatever I post I have documentation to back it up and try to refrain from worthless, smart a** comments such as yours, but I will make an exception in your case.
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