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dell dimension e3100 question?

By AngelOfLighT ยท 5 replies
Sep 22, 2007
  1. dell dimension e3100 question?
    i have that for 2 years.
    i have a video card chipset family ect.
    i want to know if i can upgrade it. or do something , i cant play new games.
    or its better to save money buy a new one, or buy playstation3?
  2. AngelOfLighT

    AngelOfLighT TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 75

    i have dell dimension e3100 need help i need to know how can i upgrade it to ply toda

    i have dell dimension e3100 need help i need to know how can i upgrade it to ply todays game
  3. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

    You can't.
    You can make it better with a dedicated graphics card if you don't have one. Either a PCI or a PCIex1.
    FX5000 series
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Don't make multiple threads for the same problem. Just messes things up. Anyways, back to the problem.Your PC only has a PCI Express x1 slot and two PCI slots. The best available for it in that case, is this card.
  5. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    There is not much you can upgrade on that model of Dell, without cost.
    I do not have one in front of me, but as I recall, this is a Budget Home computer without a Video graphics card. It has an onboard (integrated) video graphics port, but does have PCI-express slots.

    It has a maximum of 800 front side bus.

    This means you could add a PCI-Express 1x Video card, provided it would match the level of output of the power supply.

    The computer was sold in both Celeron and Pentium 4 models, and was sold with either 256 mb or 512 mb memory. It has a capacity for 2 GB of memory. This indicates you could add a mid to lower level PCI-Express video graphics card and be happier... if you maxed out the memory with two 1 GB modules of DDR2 PC4200.

    I do not know what power supply you have, but you would likely need to use a power supply calculator to determine whether a given video card would work with that power supply, once you have the information off the power supply label.

    Cost to upgrade memory and video graphics: $150 to $200.

    When you are done, you will still not have a great gaming machine, but you will have improved what you have by a great deal, and gaming would be a lot more fun.
  6. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

    That one requires 2 slots if that makes a difference? low-profile in a mid case? Your probably right.
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