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What is the highest praformance graphics card for dell dimension 2400

Q: What is the highest praformance graphics card for dell dimension 2400

I have a bear bones dell dimension my aunt gave me it has a celeron cpu but I am planing on getting a pentium 4 3.06 ghz and 2 gb of ram. Must be under 100$ and i dont care if i can get a better pc i just want to play World of tanks at 30fps and for general web browsing

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A: What is the highest praformance graphics card for dell dimension 2400

I have a bear bones dell dimension my aunt gave me it has a celeron cpu but I am planing on getting a pentium 4 3.06 ghz and 2 gb of ram. Must be under 100$ and i dont care if i can get a better pc i just want to play World of tanks at 30fps and for general web browsing
The Dimension 2400, that was released in 2004, is an obsolete entry level PC, not a gaming system.
Only PCI graphics cards are supported, check out the following:
The requirements for playing World of Tanks, are here:
Note the minimum requirement, is for a Dual core processor.
It should be fine for web browsing.

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I have a bear bones dell dimension my aunt gave me it has a celeron cpu but I am planing on getting a pentium 4 3.06 ghz and  2 gb of ram. Must be under 100$ and i dont care if i can get a better pc i just want to play World of tanks at 30fps and for general web browsing

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Can anyone please help me? I am very new at computers and I am trying to install a new graphics card(Radeon 9250). I had my onboard graphics disabled but windows reinstalls it. I insterted the ATI disc, and I recieved the message,"try to set up with display adapter with standard VGA driver before running set up". Got me. I have a Dell Dimension 2400, 768MB RAM,and I am so unsure of anything else. Please help if you can!!!!!

A:Insalling graphics card on dell dimension 2400

Have you physically installed the new graphics card into you pc yet?

If not then you'd be best doing that first. Then Windows should pick up the fact you have a new card and instruct you to install the drivers etc etc which is the point where you install the drivers off the CD that (hopefully) came with the card.

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Someone help me here my 2400 can't play great games like counter strike source and battlefield 2. So I'm wondering if a radeon ati graphics card will work with my system.

A:Does a Dell Dimension 2400 have the ability to have a pci slot radeon graphics card?

Ouch, just checked it now, you have no AGP slot

Yes, you can install a PCI graphics card, however, be warned that these cards perform horribly, but you will be able to run CS Source.

The best PCI graphics card I can remember of is
GeForce FX5500 128MB PCI version.

It will run CS Source and BF2, however, prepare for a slideshow (especially in BF2).

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The cards I'm looking at are: Visiontek Radeon X1300 (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2467314&CatId=1603)


Visiontek Radeon X1550 (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3101644&CatId=1603)

My system specs, (the ones I know of):
Processor: Intel Celeron 2.4 GHz processor, 400Mhz FSB (100MHzx4)
Chipset: Intel 845GV chipset
Videocard: Integrated Intel Extreme graphics
Sound: Integrated Soundmax Sound
Memory: 640MB PC-2700 DDR memory (one module)
Networking: Integrated 10/100 Ethernet
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 40GB ATA/100 7200RPM hard drive
CDROM: Hitachi 48X CD-ROM drive
Monitor: 19" Dell brand M992 monitor (max 1600x1200 @ 75Hz, .24 Dot pitch)
Software Setup: WindowsXP Home Edition

Will these 2 video cards work?

Which is better?

A:Dell Dimension 2400--Lookin for a New PCI Card

The X1550 should be the best

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Im trying to upgrade a dell dimension 2400's Graphics card, i went and got an AGP graphics card thinking it was it but.. it didnt fit, i then got a pci express.. didnt fit. It has standard PCI slots there are 3 PCI slots.

Anyway i was wondering if i bought a standard PCI graphics card for the dell would it have any issues with it and is there a special dell graphics card?


A:Upgrading a Dell Dimension 2400 Video Card

Oh and i want to buy the card tonight so i need to know soonish


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I have a Dell Dimension 2400 1.6ghz 1gb RAM with XP Pro on it for several years now. It has many programs installed on it. I purchased a faster used Dell Dimension 8400 3.6ghz hyperthreading 3gb RAM with XP Pro on it.

My question is simple. My Dimension 2400 has an IDE hard drive and the 8400 has SATA. Rather than spend days re-installing and tweaking all of the programs on the 8400 I tried the following. I used Acronis Easy Migrate 7 to Image the IDE hard drive to the SATA hard drive and installed it into the 8400. It would not boot, I tried a repair install, then while booting I get a blue screen stop Error 0x0000007B. What do I have to do to fix this so it will boot? What else is it looking for?

A:Clone IDE to Sata from Dell Dimension 2400 for Dimension 8400

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I've seen a few threads on this site and toms hardware as well regarding the Dell XPS (8300 in specifics) having issues with graphics card upgrades.
I bought an R9 380 a few months ago. No signal, the card wasn't defective.
Thought it was my 460 PSU, upgraded that to a 550. No signal.
I sold it, and recently got a Gigabyte R9-270x 4gb windforce edition. No signal once again.
Now i'm at a loss, I really like my computer but the old GeForce 440 isn't really what I want to stick to.
If I were to replace the motherboard would this fix my problem with the graphics card? Or what could I do to get this card to work in my system. I don't want to have to return it.
Also, I have updated to the A06 Bios but without any luck. Thanks a ton.

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This computer is basically the same specs that came from Dell except it has 2 gigs of ram.Has anyone here installed Vista Home Premium on this type of computer?The Vista analyzer tells me my graphics card isn't powerful enough to run Premium.I'm completely in the dark when it comes to hardware upgrades.Thanks for any suggestions on this.

A:Dell dimension 3000 graphics card!

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Hey guys. I have a dell dimension 3000 2.4 ghx celeron with 1 gb of ram... Unfortunetly the onboard graphic card is soooo slow it cant run anything!!! I dont know what the wat of my power supply is but was wondering what the best possible pci card i can get for this? Thanks

A:Dell dimension 3000, best PCI graphics card?

guys plz help me out here!! is the radeon x1550 the best pci card out there?

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Hi, hopefully someone here can help me! I've recently bought a new monitor, dell S2309W, but unfortunately I can't get the resolution on my computer so I'm stuck with a super stretched screen. Pretty annoying. After looking through lots of forums and the dell site it seems I might just need a new graphics card as the inbuilt one possibly can't support the required resolution (1920x1080), I'm stuck on 1280x1024 which is the maximum. I've found out the computer, a dell dimension 3000, only has PCI slots, no PCI-E or AGP, so I'm quite limited on what graphics card I can get.

Does anyone have any recommendations on what will fix my monitor resolution problem?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


A:PCI graphics card for Dell Dimension 3000

Hi James,
as far as pci cards go im not sure if this is the top dog, but its up there
don't expect to much in the way of gaming

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I bought a ATI Radeon 7000, installed it in my Dell Dimension 3000, and the PC won't boot. Any suggestions of what to do? Is the card not compatible?

A:Graphics card for Dell Dimension 3000

It has been a while since I had my hands in a Dimension 3000, but as I recall, that machine only will accept PCI graphics cards.
The ATI Radeon 7000 is/was an AGP card, designed for older MacIntosh AGP 4X boards.

Does your Dell have an AGP slot? Or is my memory fading.

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I'm having trouble removing the graphics card from my computer. I was told to push down on a blue plastic device which will help remove the card. Nothing happens when I move the plastic device that looks like a 7.
Any ideas?
Thank you

A:removing graphics card from Dell Dimension XPS

If it is what I'm thinking it is, you have to not only push the clip thing, but at the same time, while pushing hard enough so that the clip is completely out of the way of the thing it hooks on to (careful, not too hard or it will break), pull up on the graphics card. Make sure you have already unscrewed the screws, etc. to attach it to the case. Also try to hold the card by non-circuit areas in case your hands are sweaty or if you have static electricity (don't wear rubber footwear on a carpet or polyester clothing while working with circuit boards), and make sure the power to the case is off.

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As my Dell PC is out-of-warranty I'm having trouble identifying a suitable graphics card replacement. MOBO is a Dell 0U7077, bus clock 800MgH, Bios A09 dated 07/07/06. Running XP Pro with 3Gb of RAM. Currently have a Radeon X300 series PCI Express card. Any advice as to what I should buy would be greatly appreciated please. (Why is it Dell will not help unless I make a 'phone call to a paid-for help service and Radeon will only refer me to Dell for advice? Don't these companies want to sell me a new graphics card?)

A:Replacing graphics card in a Dell Dimension 8400 PC

Just about any PCI-E 16x graphics card would work, but you will need a new power supply too. And that will be a problem, because normal ATX PSUs will not fit in that computer, at least without bending and cutting the case.. Here's a decent power supply for you: http://www.pcpower.com/products/description/Silencer_500_Dell/index.html
But wait... You won't need that if you don't want to upgrade. I would suggest upgrading if you like to game and are currently running a bit slow or ugly in your opinion. Another reason to upgrade is that you cannot find enough old and little power consuming card for your power supply to be enough for... Get the PSU I linked, and this graphics card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127383

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Hi all. I currently have a dell dimension 4550 which I have upgraded several times (ram, hdd etc.). however, my geforce 4 mx 420 graphics card can no longer support even basic games like fifa08, hospital tycoon etc. i'm thinking of an AGP x1650XT, but my proprietary psu is only 250W -- not enough to support the card.

any suggestions on a decent gfx card that can run on my dell rig? thanks

A:upgrading graphics card on dell dimension 4550

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Greetings Guru's

I can't play Medal of Honor - Airborne. I'm devastated.

Alas...my XPS Gen 3 now appears to be an old man ...or maybe it just needs a little surgery but this surgeon needs your help

The Radeon XT800 card appears to be a PCI-E. I'm pretty sure it is.

I can remove the graphics card from the slot BUT...there are some wires also going into a little black box on it. The box has the mark: P5
These wires do not appear to be able to be removed.

I don't know where these wires go to...they get bundled up with others and disappear into the depth of my computer where I darn't even look. Yes..you're right....The Abyss scared the crap out of me.

Anyway....I know I shouldn't just cut these wires with a pair of scissors.
That would be plain stoopid.

What should I do?

I'm completely flummoxed

A:Dell Dimension XPSGEN3 - replace my graphics card

Please look the card over again carefully. The only wires may be power wires from the power supply, or wires from a fan on the video card itself. These wires can be unplugged from the video card

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I apologize to the members of this Forum who replyed to my original Tread..... the system specifications are still the same as posted in my original Thread, but for 2 exceptions.....the power supply max. output is 230 Watts NOT 250Watts and in fact my mother board does have a PCI Express x16 connector(PEG).....I feel stupid and I am sorry about this mistake.
So again I respectfully still need help in finding a graphics card that will fit in that PCI Express x16 connector and if possible for this card not to use more than 35 Watts of power because my main power unit only puts out a max. of 230 Watts.
Thank You...again!

A:RE-Need a Graphics Card to fit PCI Expres x1 on Dell Dimension 5150

That makes more sense.

Dell recommends some upgrade cards:


(Radeon X1300, 2600 XT, 2600 Pro.) They're oldish cards, but Dell lists them as if they're still for sale. (At high prices.)

Here's a list of graphics card power consumption:


A Radeon 3450 would work. The most powerful card might be a Radeon 4650.

What's the object of the upgrade? At some point, it would make more sense to upgrade the while PC. (I see that the latest BIOS update for it was from January of 2007. No official Win7 support from Dell.)

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Dell Dimension 4600
Windows XP Home Edition
Intel Pentium 4
Intel 82865G Graphics Controller
Service Tag: DH7VV31 (Don't know if this helps)

This is a pretty stock computer that is used by my parents. It isn't used for much more than browsing the internet and watching/listening to multimedia. They recently purchased a new monitor that has a 1600x900 native resolution, but the max supported resolution by the system is 1280x768. After upgrading the drivers for the monitor and the graphics controller, nothing has changed. I am interested in getting a graphics card powerful enough that will increase the max supported resolution and provide enough graphics processing to handle multimedia tasks easily. I don't want a card that requires a new PSU in order to work. I have no idea as to how to go about selecting a compatible card. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

A:Graphics card upgrade [Dell dimension 4600]

I'm afraid your stuck if you don't want to change the power supply.
That 250 watt power supply is probably just enough for what it
is running now.
Other than that,it does have an 8X AGP graphics card slot for
an upgrade.

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I have a Dell Dimension E310 computer
It has a Intel 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset
Intel Pentium 4 CPU 2.80GHz

I would like to upgrade the graphics card to support the game Portal and the upcoming Spore.

According to the Spore website, for it I will need:
A 128 MB Video Card, with support for Pixel Shader 2.0

And according to Valve's Steam website, Portal requires:
DirectX® 8 level Graphics Card

The Portal one is slightly vague, but I know for sure that my normal graphics card does not work.

I looked up my computers specifications on the web, and it said that it has 1 PCI x1, and 2 PCI

My question is: Is it possible for me to upgrade my graphics card on this computer? And if so, what kind, and how much does it cost?

A:Dell Dimension E310 Graphics Card Upgrade

Hi I have a E310 as well I'm planning on upgrading it too

You should get this card its compatible with the E310..


You might need a new psu as well..But that card should play Portal perfectly..

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I have a dell dimension 3000 pent 4 windows XP. The current graphics card appears to be "onboard" my son is having problems playing some games and I was told I could add a better graphics card. Not knowing a whole lot about computers, I purchased a BFG Tech Nvidia 6200OC graphics card. I put it in an available slot in the computer and attempted to install it, messages appear it is working properly but.... I think there is some conflict between the "onboard" one and the installed one I want to use. Is there a way to "disable" an onboard graphics card? and once I do disable if possiable THEN do I plug the monitor into the new card?
Thanks for your help, ....my sons REALLY thank you....

A:Adding graphics card to Dell Dimension 3000

Your manual will tell you how to disable your onboard graphics. If you haven't got it then visit the dell website.

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mainly for gaming, i am looking for a cheap graphics card (hopefully under $100.) i have a dell dimension 4700 2.8Ghz 512mb ram 40GB. my graphics card that came with the computer is (i think) Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 Video Card.
i have one PCI express slot and 2 of the other slot....forgot what its called...
please help me find a cheap graphics card for gaming, thanx a lot.

A:want to upgrade graphics card for dell dimension 4700

Please post the website where I can see the specs of the system.

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Hi Guys,

As you may know from other posts I know enough about computers to get by on this site... just. I just seem to have a bit of a weakness with graphics cards (which isn't great when I get asked at work whats the best one to have!).

So here are my computer specs and anything else you'll ever need to know about my computer: http://support.euro.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim5150/en/sm/specs1.htm#wp1052310

I have a budget of about £70 - I know my computer probably can't support anything amazing - Im not a hardcore online gamer I just tend to buy the odd goodish game which requires a bit in the graphics department.

Any input would be appreciated. Thanks

PS - I have 2GB of RAM now.

A:Upgrading my Dell Dimension 5150 graphics card?

as long as you have a desktop pc (i think from your model number it is but dell models aren't my specialty ) then you can quite easily upgrade your graphics card

you could get either of these cards in your budget: 7900GS or 8600GT but these are at the top end of your £70

however, if you wanted to spend a bit less there's a lot of choice out there, there are also cheaper version of the cards that i supplied links to

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I have been searching the Internet for many leads but have come up, empty handed. I am new to these forums, so I am not sure whether or not this is the correct area to be posting this in.

I have been looking to upgrade my old computer an Dell Dimension E520 to a more powerful computer, so it is able to run 3d based programs without an hint of lag. I have looked into getting new computers, but I'd rather upgrade the computer I have, so I can use it for a few more years.

My system specifications are as follows:

Computer: Dell Dimension E520

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x86 32 Bit

Bios: 2.04

Processor: Dual Core Intel Pentium D CPU 3.40GHz

Current Ram: 2Gb

Graphics Card: NIVIDIA GeForce 7300 LE (512mb)

Power Supply: 300 Watts

Bios Screen:

(I hope this is enough information)

and I would like to upgrade the ram to make use of the two extra slots so I can get 8Gb's and also upgrade the graphics card to an.

Although something I really want to know, is if the dell Dimension can handle the windows 7 64 Bit or do I have to go down to a lower OS?

Also has anyone done this before and does anyone have any advise for a suitable graphics card that will not overtax my power supply.

Thank you for reading, any help would be most appreciated.

Sean Hall.

A:Dell Dimension E520 - Possible upgrades (Ram, Graphics Card, OS)?

I had an E510 which is basically the same vintage. You are better off just buying a new PC rather than try to upgrade the hardware in the E520.

First, max memory, according to the Dell manual, is 4GB. If you upgrade the Video card you will need a new power supply. The Dell power supply is 300 watts and does not have a PCIe power connector. The motherboard is a BTX style and it has a Dell proprietary and undocumented front panel connector, thus you couldn't upgrade the motherboard (if you can even find a BTX style motherboard) and use the Dell case.

Better off to put whatever money you would spend on the limited upgrades into a new, modern technology, computer.

From the Dell manual:
MemoryType 533-MHz and 667-MHz dual DDR2 unbuffered SDRAM
Memory connectors four
Memory capacities 256 MB, 512 MB, or 1 GB non-ECC
Minimum memory 256 MBMaximum memory 4 GB

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Apologies if this question has already been asked but I searched and couldn't find it.

I have a Dell Dimension 5150 which runs XP Home and is 3 years old. I pre-ordered Windows 7 but the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor says my onboard graphics adapter won't support the Windows Aero User Interface. I don't play games on my PC but I would like all the fancy visual features of Windows 7. How do I go about choosing a graphics card that will do the job for me?

Thanks in advance...

A:Graphics card upgrade for Dell Dimension 5150

Marty welcome to the forums.

Before buying a new card, wait until you get Windows 7 and install it. There is a good possibility that it will work (the upgrade advisor for the most part is a piece of junk, I have seen it flag components as unsupported when I know full well that it is).

Once you get 7 installed this,

ATI Catalyst? Legacy Display Driver

will be about it for a driver. If it doesn't work and you still want to get a card let us know and we can recommend something. If nothing else according to the specs for your Dell,

Dimension 5150 Desktop Product Details

you have a PCI-E 16x slot, which is good. It only has a 305W power supply which isn't so good, but there are still lots of cards that will be OK on it.

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A Previous Post asked the same question, but limited it to $100 and was asked 6 months ago.

I'd like to pose the same question, with a limit of $230 street value. Stability is VERY important to me, in addition to a good video card for a good price. PCI-e interface; currently have a Radeon X300SE (ouch).

I've looked at the ATI AIW X1900, which looks great, but requires 30 Amps of power; my measly dell power supply only provides 18 Amps on the +12V rail. Plus it is 10" long; I haven't looked since the power supply won't handle it, but it might be too long too. At NewEgg for $229.99.

The XFX GeForce 7900 GT (470MHz) 256MB (PV-T71G-UDF7) is available at NewEgg for $224.99 after rebates. The Customer Reviews paint a 50%-of-the-time ugly picture with lockups/freezing/bluescreens though.

Are there some bargains to be had in my price range? I know the X1900 and 7900GT are some of the better cards out there, but the two lowest priced cards in my price range either won't work or have some questionable reviews.

Advice, suggestions, articles appreciated.

A:Want to Upgrade graphics card for Dell Dimension 4700

Check out this card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814102007

Also, your power supply will not work with these high powered cards. Some good reliable brands are Enermax, Fortron, thermaltake, and Antec.

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hi tech guy forums,

I have a standard Dell Dimension 3000 pc at home that i regularly use for gaming. At the moment I have a Nvidia GeForce FX 5500 graphics card installed to help with gaming. I am interested in purchasing a new graphics card and was wondering if, in particular if a Nvidia 9600 GT graphics card will fit and comply with my computer. I am also upgrading my RAM form 512MB to 2GB if this helps in any way. If you have any other recommended graphics cards that may work with my pc please let me know.


A:Dell Dimension 3000 graphics card update

Your Dimension 3000 only has PCI slots for a graphics card, correct?

(according to dell, and my own experience, likely yes)

Without a PCI-Express or AGP card slot, gaming can not improve very much.

I also have a Dimension 3000 : P4 2.8 GHz - 768mb RAM, with a Geforce 6200 [256mb ddr2] PCI card. When it comes to gaming, it is outperformed by my old 1.4 GHz Athlon XP - 512 RAM - Geforce Ti-4200 [64mb], simply because the older computer has an AGP video slot ... the PCI bus is a VERY limiting factor.

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Hi, I am trying to figure out what graphics card to get for my computer. I'm pretty sure that my computer has AGP and PCI slots but I do not think that my computer has PCI-Express and this makes me sad because I was wanting to get a NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT.

My computers specs are: support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim4550/specs.htm#1104548

I have 2 Gigs of Ram and a GeForce FX 5500 Graphics card right now.

I would like to know what kind of graphics cards I can get and if my computer really has a AGP and PCI slot for a new graphics card. And if I can get a NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT.

I mostly play World of Warcraft and Battlefield 2, my budget is around 100 to 200 dollars

Another thing I would like to know is should I even upgrade my graphics cards since my computer is so old. It's at least 5 years old.

A:Upgrading my Dell Dimension 4550 graphics card?


4x AGP
250W PSU

7600GS about the best with your psu:


8600GT AGP's are comming, but don't know when exactly

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Hello everyone I bought NVIDIA GeForce Graphics Card (PCI 5200 256MB) but when I put it in all I got was a black scrren would not load up. So took it off an the pc load up just fine can anyone please help me I lost.

I have well read you guys talkin about it but not really sure here an I don't wanna do something that will mess up my p/c thanks everyone

P/C Specs

Operating System System Model
Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3 (build 2600)
Install Language: English (United States)
System Locale: English (United States) Dell Computer Corporation Dimension 3000
System Service Tag: 98WCM71 (support for this PC)
Chassis Serial Number: 98WCM71
Enclosure Type: Mini-Tower
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
2.40 gigahertz Intel Celeron
16 kilobyte primary memory cache
256 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Not hyper-threaded Board: Dell Computer Corp. 0TC666
Serial Number: ..CN7082154KA2YF.
Bus Clock: 533 megahertz
BIOS: Dell Computer Corporation A02 11/08/2004
Drives Memory Modules c,d
36.04 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
18.65 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space


WDC WD400BB-75JHC0 [Hard drive] (40.00 GB) -- drive 0, SMART Status: Healthy 1022 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

Slot 'DIMM_1' has 1024 MB
Slot 'DIMM_2' is Empty
Local Drive Volumes

c: (NTFS on drive 0) 36.04 GB 18.65 GB free

Network Drives
None de... Read more

A:Dell Dimension 3000: Help with new Graphics Card upgrade

You said you "put it in" I hate to ask a stupid question but did you run the installation CD/DVD that came with it?

-- Andy

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Hi all -- I have a Dell Dimension 8300:

Intel Pentium 4
CPU 2.6 GHz
2.00 GB of RAM
80GB Harddrive

Currently I have an nVidia GeForce FX 5200 graphics card but I want to upgrade. I do a fair amount of gaming, not a great deal but I do enjoy a higher performance, I also recently got BioShock which I was looking forward too but requires a higher performance card.

Does anyone have any idea on what cards would be compatible with my system and any recommendations on what would be the best fit. I do tend to prefer nVidia cards but am in no way constrained by that. I'm happy to spend a little more for that added performance, I would rather get something better now and not have to upgrade again for a while.

Thanks in advance!

A:Dell Dimension 8300 Graphics Card Upgrade

Your psu (power supply unit) will undoubtedly be the limiting factor. Dell psu's are NOT among the best by far. They also use their own wiring so you cant just buy any old psu and throw it in.

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I have a Dell Dimension 5150 comp. with Win 7, 32 bit, Pent.4 ,3.00GHz chip and a maximum output of 250 wattage installed.
Perhaps someone could help me choose a graphics card that use no more than 35 Watts, that would fit the x1 pci express slot on the mother board.
Thank You in advance.

A:Need a Graphics card to fit PCI Express x1 on Dell Dimension 5150

Here are a few:

Newegg.com - Computer Hardware, Video Cards & Video Devices, Desktop Graphics / Video Cards, PCI Express x1

I'm not sure about the power consumption of any of them, though.

Is there any particular reason you're looking for an X1 card rather than the much more common X16 ones? The Dimension 5150 has one X16 graphics slot.

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I have a Dell Dimension 2400 computer. This system comes with an Intel Celeron 2.7 GHz processor 256 MB of ram and a 70GB hard drive. The other day I was reinstalling Windows Xp on this system. Everything was going ok for about 30 minutes when all of the sudden the computer just shut itself off. I did some investigating and found that my heatsink was so hot to the touch I could not hold it without a pair of gloves on. I removed the heatsink and processor and I noticed that the thermal compound was very runny almost like water.

I have not had any issues before this with this computer. Can anyone inform me why my heatsink got that hot and why my thermal past got like that?

I am going to apply new Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound.

A:Dell Dimension 2400

Check your fan. With the Dell passiver cooling system the fan must be working perfectly to pull enough air across the heatsink for cooling. I don't recall exactly how any air inlets are arranged on the chassis, but pull the front cover and make sure everything is clean for air to enter the case.

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I'm a newbie when it comes to wireless capacities in computers. I have a Dell Dimension 2400 that doesn't seem to pick up wireless internet. Do I need a special adaptor for this?

A:Dell Dimension 2400

You need a wireless adapter. Pretty sure that model didn't come with one standard. Do you have a PCI or USB wireless adapter?

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Hello Guys and thanks for replying! I have a Dell Dimension 2400 which I want to reconfigure to original factory settings, I think I have all CD's originally shipped, but need help in " What is the correct sequence to upload all the Cd's ? Ie. Operating sys, BIOS, hardware , ect etc...Thanks for your time....

A:Dell dimension 2400

The Dell Dimension 2400 desktop appears to be 8 - 10 years old, so reverting it back to its original factory condition is going to revert it back to a very outdated condition.

What's the 7-character "service tag" number on the sticker?

What's the exact version of Windows XP(including any service pack number) that's on the Microsoft COA sticker?


The Windows operating system would be loaded first, then any necessary device drivers would be loaded next.

Make sure to first disconnect any unnecessary external devices, such as a printer.


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I'm trying to do a fresh reinstall of winxp home on my computer every time it gets to about 39% it gives me a blue screen that say a problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer. PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA

Any thoughts anybody

A:Dell Dimension 2400

Did you format and/or remove the old partitions before installing?

Unhook any unnecessary hardware, boot from the CD, remove all partitions, create new ones, format NTFS, and try that.

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came in office and computer is off (a possible windows update) anywho the xp slash screen shows normally but after that the screen goes blank....i tried another video card but will still go black
anything else to try??

THANKS in advance........

A:Dell Dimension 2400

Is the cursor blinking in the upper left corner of this black screen?Black Screen (fixmbr) - http://support.microsoft.com/?scid=kb;en-us;314503 Louis

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hey well im new to this stuff and I have a question...

I'm about to buy a Azenram 512 MB DDR PC3200 RAM, the guy told me that ram always degrades itself to be compatible with my system.... my ram I have now in my pc is a 256mb PC2700 ram stick...so will the Azenram 512mb PC3200 ram stick work in my system?


A:Dell Dimension 2400 help

if your system supports PC3200 and you have PC2700 in it now, then the PC3200 you add will run at the speed of the PC2700.

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I would like to know which processor for the Dell Dimension 2400 can use the highest number of ram size and what the size of the compatible ram is. As of now, my Dell Dimension 2400 has the Intel Pentium 4 and I want to make my computer faster. 

A:Dell Dimension 2400 CPU

I would like to know which processor for the Dell Dimension 2400 can use the highest number of ram size and what the size of the compatible ram is. As of now, my Dell Dimension 2400 has the Intel Pentium 4 and I want to make my computer faster. 
The Dimension 2400 supports a maximum of 2gb [2x1gb modules] of DDR RAM. 
 The Dimension 2400 can use either 400MHz or 533MHz, Socket 478, P-4 Northwood, or Celeron processors with a 512k or smaller cache.
The maximum processor size is a Socket 478 Northwood P4 3.06GHz 533MHz FSB processor.
The 2400 will not take Prescott processors [1mb cache].
Prior to upgrading the processor check that the latest BIOS version is installed, with BIOS version A03 Updated CPU microcode was added to support latest CPUs.

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Ok i just bought Vista and installed it everything works fine except it looks like im running in safe mode i know the dell dosnt have a agp or pci-e but if i upgrade to a pci card will it improve it at all? and if so what what card should i pick up. I only use my pc to browse the web and stream my dvds to my 360.

A:dell dimension 2400

yes, for what you need try the ATI radeon 9250 good budget friendly pci card. unless you want to use Aero, then you need a card with Pixel shader 2.0 support, im not sure if the 9250 has pixel shader 2.0.

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Hi I am putting a new graphics card in the above comp could anyone tell me how to turn of the onboard graphics in the bios.



A:Dell dimension 2400

From the Dell Forum http://forums.us.dell.com/supportforums/board/message?board.id=dim_video&message.id=108582&view=by_date_ascending&page=1

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I have an old dell dimension 2400- and to my knowledge is riddled with viruses- which sits unused as it takes too long to do anything,turning on alone is atleast 11 hour. My knowledge of computers is limited but, correct me if im wrong, i was going to replace the hard drive to remove the viruses. It would also be great if you could recommend other new hardware to improve it so it is useable. It would be perfect if I could upgrade it to be more powerful than my laptop so the laptop could be used for mainly portable purposes and the Dell for games etc. As i said my knowledge is limited so if someone could explain how i would go about these upgrades/send me a link to a video explaining it i would be extremely grateful. Money isnt a huge issue but obviously the cheaper the better.
Thanks in advance for any help you can supply.

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hi how are you i have purchase a dell 170l mother board looks like there are two kinds it has one that works with the sata tats the one i have i bought it to replace my dell 2400 but cannot mount it please help as the lining up of screws are different i need to know how to mount it it only has one screw i think it may short if not mounted properly.

2 the front panel lights how to connect the lights as the pins looks different

A:Can Dell 170l motherboard fit Dell Dimension 2400

I've moved to the correct area of the forum, where it will be better read by other members.

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Hi all, I am new to techspot. Anyway I have a dell dimension 3000 and here are the specs:

pentium 4 3.0 ghz

geforce fx5500 pci graphics card

1 gb ram

200gb maxtor hard drive

250 watt powersupply

I am unsure what brand of motherboard is in it, but it is the standard 2005 dell dimension 3000 board.

Anyway I want buy a new motherboard and graphics card. I found 6 motherboards that I am pretty sure will work.http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_attrib.php/page_id=40/form_keyword=motherboard/rd=1/popup1[]=15:278/popup5[]=30:342/popup4[]=15:22 Does anyone have any suggestions on which motherboard to get? Also, do you guys have any suggestions on graphics cards? I want one that had a good bang for the buck.


A:Help Upgrading Dell Dimension 3000- motherboard and graphics card

You should mention your budget, and the aim of this upgrade.

Unfortunately, the 478 CPUs are now becoming bottlenecks in the computer. Upgrading your graphics will see a performance increase, but don't bet on a really huge one. Also, Expect to pay a premium for AGP8X graphics cards which perform better than budget range. If you're up for the biggest AGP8X card, the X1950pro would be it, but there's a review somewhere which showed it doesn't perform much better than a 7600gs because of the CPU bottleneck.

Personally, the 6600gt is probably the sweet spot, maybe an X800XT, but not much more than that. Even then you'd be paying a premium for the AGP8X versions of those cards.

If you're after anything cheaper than the 6600gt, it wouldn't be worth your trouble IMO.

Of course, if you decide to switch over to PCIe, you may still be able to use your RAM by getting the E4300, coupled with a board which will support DDR RAM and PCIe 16x. These boards don't come easily though, but here's a couple from newegg....


It shouldn't come out to be much more expensive this way, because the savings from your graphics card (PCIe versions are alot cheaper) would go into the new processor.

Besides, you can sell the processor.

Of course, I'd recommend going all the way, but I'm aware of budget restriants..... Read more

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I am looking to upgrade the graphics card inside my Dell Dimension 5150 desktop PC.
However I am unsure as to what card to buy, I would like one that is compatible with Windows 10 and that is also compatible with the in-built PSU as well.
If I could change the PSU as well so I could get a more powerful graphics card that would help as well, could you point me in the right direction of which one to buy please?
Am I correct in understanding that the current PSU in the 5150 is a 305w PSU?
I live in the United Kingdom so any websites I am pointed to, to buy such items would need to be able to ship to the United Kingdom.
Many thanks!

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I recently upgraded my 8300's graphics card, and it is causing problems...

Original Specs:
Dimension 8300
3GHz P4 HT 1mb L2
1.5gb RAM
305w PSU
Nvidia GeForce FX5200 (128mb).
Vista Ultimate 32bit

I upgraded the FX5200 to a 512mb Radeon HD 2600 Pro.

I uninstalled the Nvidia drivers, powered down, swapped cards, and then installed the ATI drivers. Now, for some reason, I only see the color BLUE on my screen... in the BIOS, in Vista... everywhere. What did I do wrong? Can I fix it?

A:Dell Dimension 8300 Graphics Card upgrade problem

Did you use the ATI driver disc or did you go to the AMD/ATI support site to obtain the drivers?

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first off i have very limited knowledge about computers (so talk to me like im stupid) i have recently recieved a Dell Dimension 2400
the specs


now for the problem:
when i plug it in a flashing amber light comes on sometimes it will work fine when i flip this little red switch on the back
so im wondering if its a hardware problem or a software problem?

A:Dell Dimension 2400 trouble

Have a look here: Tutorial: No POST (Power On System Test)

Also have a look at THIS thread to find all details on your system

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I was wondering if you guys have any insight as to what's the problem here. I left my computer on (as I always do) and went to work. When I came back home, I found my computer off. I thought to myself, "hmm..that's weird, I know nobody comes into my room or they BETTER NOT...stupid bratty little sister..." Then as I tried to turn it on, it won't turn on. Nothing. Not even a small sign of life.

I took the casing shell off, and tested the power supply. The power supply was okay. I was disappointed when I found out the power supply was okay because that being the one obvious flaw, I don't know what's wrong with my computer anymore. Do any of you guys have any ideas as to what's going on? I will tell you that I leave my computer on for long periods of time which is probably something I shouldn't be doing from now on. Any help is appreciated.

A:My Dell Dimension 2400 PC Won't Turn On

How did you test the power supply???

Not sure of your level of expertise but no disrespect meant, you can only really test an atx power supply by connecting it to another Computer or MB setup on a workbench because the MB controlls the switching on of the power supply.

If you tried a new power supply on your system and you get nothing at all then you have a dead MB.

Its ok to leave your computer on for long periods so long as you' got good ventilation and good cooling fans does not run Hot all the time your pc can be ok.

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