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Upgrade Help!?!

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Ray_J Feb 01, 2013 06:30 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Not sure if anyone can help me out with this or if I can even do much but I've got a PC I would like to try and upgrade. At the moment I use it for both gaming and some photo editing and it does both ok but I wouldn't mind a bit more.

I've done my best to find what specs I could but am not sure of what upgrades are compatible. At the moment I on a bit of a tight budget but have managed to install a new video card. Think it came with some on board which wasn't very good. I am unable to tell what sort of motherboard it has even with using a few tools like everest and opening the case to have a look at the board. I have read about this same model coming with a 6 core CPU at the same speed and more memory but am unsure what type.

Dell Studio XPS 7100
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
AMD Phenom II X4 830 2.8GHz
4GB DDR3 Memory
NVIDIA GeForce GT 430 1GHz
450 watt power supply

If I am missing any info or if upgrading this a little bit is a total waste of time please let me know.


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Yoinkerman Yoinkerman Feb 01, 2013 06:34 PM Reply | Bookmark
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you could get some more ram or hard drive space, that's about it.

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TetraSky TetraSky Feb 01, 2013 06:37 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Oh god why...

Recommended : Overclock the CPU(May need a new heatsink), add another 4GB of memory

Optimal : Same as the above with a new GPU like a GTX650 or Radeon 7770. May need to get a better PSU too, like a 550w. If you have a bit more money to spare, get an SSD, since it wouldn't suprise me if that dell pc used a 5400rpm HDD.

but keep in mind, Dell computers are notorious for being a massive pain in the ass to upgrade, due to almost everything being incompatible for no good reason.

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Ray_J Feb 01, 2013 07:24 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Well it was given to me but it really doesn't sound worth upgrading, better to just save my money and start buying pieces for a new one I guess.

Thanks anyway though

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Tech Illiterate Feb 03, 2013 02:17 AM Reply | Bookmark
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I'd part it out and sell it.

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