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I need to upgrade the video and Memory on my SX280 Dell lunchbox

The computer has the Intel 915 chip set but it is not able to handle the 1440x900 video editing. I am looking at a nVidia 8500 but I'm not sure if it will fit the space.

Is it a PCIe slot?

Memory is 2x512MB. Can I upgrade to 2x 1GB without changing power supply?

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  • Larry Hackett May 11, 2010

    If you tell me your service tag # - I can verify the specs on your equipment. Without that, I can only guess it's a PCIe slot in there. I'm assuming ths is a small form-factor unit, so you'll be limited to which video cards will fit. You can't use most mainstream vidcards in the small form case - so you're limited to the Dell selection at the dell store www.dell.com. The 2x1GB ram will not require you to upgrade your power supply - so for that, you're definately ok. However, depending on which video card you buy, you may need a bigger power supply, again Dell can confirm this for you when you select a card online. Good Luck!

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According to nVidia the 8500 is a PCI expressX16 card and designed for hight speed DDR2 and GDDR3 memory.

I don't think you'll have any problem adding 2X 1GB memory affecting the power supply but check the tech specs on the card for fit in your case.
Let me know if this helps

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My pc wont boot up how can i tell what core it is? its a Dell with 2.8 ghz intel


If this holds true,

http://www.ehow.com/facts_7577204_specifications-dell-model-dhm-computer.html

,the Dell computer is a Dimension 8250.

If that holds true, then NO. The motherboard chipset does NOT support using a dual core processor, much less a quad-core.

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim8250/specs.htm

The motherboard chipset used for the technology of your Dell motherboard, utilizes a Northbridge chip, and a Southbridge chip.

Let's regress for a moment;

Chip and Chipset are slang terms for I.C.
Integrated Circuit,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integrated_Circuit

If you would take the motherboard out of the computer case, and stand it up in the same direction/position it was in the case, on a table; the motherboard can be viewed as a Map.

The Processor is due North, the Ram Memory slots are due East, the white long PCI slots are due South; and the I/O ports are due West.

The Northbridge chip is always close to the CPU. (Processor)
This is one reason it is named the Northbridge chip.

The Southbridge chip lays down near the white long PCI slots.
Yes. Due South.

The Northbridge chip handles the Faster capabilities of a computer.
Processor, Ram Memory, and HIGH-speed graphics.

Therefore when you want to upgrade the Processor, not only take a look at what processor socket is used on the motherboard; but also see what the Northbridge chip is.

[There is more ]

HIGH-speed graphics being AGP, and PCI Express,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AGP

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCI_Express

a) Using a graphics card inserted into a white long PCI expansion slot, is NOT high-speed graphics.
b) Using Integrated Graphics is NOT high-speed graphics.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Motherboard_diagram.svg

The Southbridge chip handles the Slower capabilities of a computer.

1) Anything connected to the IDE bus. (IDE is also referred to as PATA)
2) Anything connected to the SATA bus.
3) Anything connected to the USB bus.
4) Anything connected to the Ethernet bus.
5) Audio (Sound)

An example of general location using this example,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ASRock_K7VT4A_Pro_Mainboard_Labeled_English.svg

The motherboard example is clocked 90 degrees to the Left, plus a few more degrees (22?); than how it actually is positioned in a computer case.

As you can see with this example, the Northbridge chip has an aluminum finned Heatsink on it. They run hot, and need to be cooled.
The Southbridge chip in this example does not use a Heatsink.
Most newer motherboards do.

The motherboard chipset used on the Dimension 8250 motherboard, is an Intel 850E.

One of the first Intel chipsets to start supporting Intel Pentium 4 processors.
Age, my man. This baby is O-L-D.

Dual core processors weren't even heard of then. They hadn't come out.
Much less quad-core processors.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_intel_chipsets#Pentium_4_chipsets

Fourth listing down in the Chipset column. 850E

Northbridge is Intel 82850E
Southbridge is Intel ICH2. Part number is Intel 82801BA

-> RDRAM?
Just spotted this.

Should mean you are running an Intel Celeron, or Intel Pentium 4, that use a Socket 423.

Seriously? RDRAM?
That ram memory technology has been left way behind.
Rambus DRAM. (Dynamic Random Access Memory)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RDRAM

Plus the price of Ram Memory is out-freaking-rageous!
For the price of 1GB of RDRAM, you could buy 4GB of Sdram
DDR, DDR2, or DDR3.

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim8250/specs.htm

Advise get rid of that motherboard.

Processor? Nope. Can't reuse. Why? It's a Socket 423 Intel processor. They use RDRAM ram memory.
Intel made a deal back in the day, that they would manufacturer Intel processors utilizing a Socket 423, and RAMBUS ram memory,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socket_423

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_Pentium_4_microprocessors#Willamette_.28180.C2.A0nm.29

Regards,
joecoolvette

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Does this board have anyway getting the Bios Cracked/Flash with.


Mike,

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/How-to-Overclock-a-Socket-775-Pentium-4/198

From Gabriel Torres and Daniel Barros,

"On Intel i915P, and i925x chipsets, Intel created a protection against overclocking, making Pentium 4 processors overclocking extremely difficult."

Read the article.

Point?
Depends on which Intel motherboard chipset series you are talking about, and what in your mind constitutes a 'higher end CPU', for it.

Let's look at the Intel 915 series, and Intel 945 series of motherboard chipsets,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_intel_chipsets#Pentium_4.2FPentium_D.2FPentium_EE_chipsets

Let's start with the Intel 82915P through Intel 82915GV chipsets;

The highest FSB support is 800MegaHertz (Frequency rate)
Highest core technology is Pentium 4, SINGLE-core processors.

Although the Pentium 4's used may use the Socket T processor socket, (LGA 775), the chipsets will not support dual core Intel processors.

Why?
I have to 'bring you up to speed'. This is the easiest way to do it, IMHO,

A) http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/209

B) http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/235

C) http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/270

D) http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Inside-Intel-Core-Microarchitecture/313

Now it breaks down to individual Intel Northbridge chipset versions.

[Wait. One, more primer in case you are not aware;

Chip and Chipset are slang terms for I.C.
Integrated Circuit,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integrated_circuit

The motherboard chipset for the chipset series you have listed, uses a Northbridge chip, and a Southbridge chip.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Motherboard_diagram.svg

The Northbridge chip handles the faster capabilities of a computer.
Handles the Processor, Ram Memory, and HIGH-speed graphics.

A graphics card installed in a PCI expansion slot, is NOT high-speed graphics.
Integrated graphics is NOT high-speed graphics.
High-speed graphics is AGP, and PCI-Express.

The Southbridge chip handles the slower capabilities of a computer.
Handles anything installed in a;

1) PCI Bus: Whether it is in a PCI expansion slot, or Integrated Graphics attached to a PCI Bus.
2) IDE Bus:
3) SATA Bus:
4) USB Bus:
5) Ethernet
6) Audio (Sound)

The Northbridge for Intel is the MCH. Memory Controller Hub.

Continued in a Comment.

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We own a dell dx270 p4 it wont boot up should we just buy a new one or is this one worth upgrading and what is the biggest processor we can put into it.


darrinjensen all I can offer is my opinion, as can everyone else. The decision rests with you.

A) The best Processor that a Dell Optiplex GX270 can use, is a single-core Intel Pentium 4.
The best Ram Memory is DDR Sdram at 400MegaHertz. (PC3200)

This is shown by the fact that the Northbridge chip is an Intel 865G.
Supporting Data:

1) http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/opgx270/en/ug/specs.htm

2) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_chipsets#Pentium_4_Chipsets

3) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Motherboard_diagram.svg

[ The CPU {Processor} communicates through the Front Side Bus {FSB} to the Northbridge chip.
Think of an FSB as an 'Information Highway'.
Information {Data} goes back and forth across the FSB.

{Chip and Chipset are slang terms for I.C. Integrated Circuit}

The Northbridge chip determines what Processors are supported, what Ram Memory is supported, and High-speed graphics.

{High-speed graphics being AGP or PCI Express.
Not a graphics card installed into a PCI slot, nor Integrated Graphics.

Integrated graphics is also referred to as OnBoard graphics. ON the motherBoard. The graphics chip {GPU) is soldered to the motherboard. Not to a removable graphics adapter card. (Graphics card/Video card/Graphics adapter card, all mean the same thing)

The Southbridge chip handles the slower processes of a computer. Therefore also handling anything to do with a PCI slot, or Integrated graphics ]

A motherboard is the 'Building Block' of a computer. From it, all hardware components are supported.
Processor, Ram Memory, Graphics card, (Or Integrated Graphics), and so on.
What Northbridge chip is used determines a lot about a motherboard, besides the internal connectors used.
When buying a computer this is what you need to look at, for one.

Things have changed with the introduction of the Intel Core i3, i5, i7, and i9.
There is no separate Northbridge chip. It may be integrated into the CPU, or not used at all.
There is no FSB. It has been replaced with the Quick-Path Interconnect.

Intel rates their Processors with a star system now. The budget, or entry level Celeron is a 1 star. Pentium's are 2 stars. Core i3 - 3 stars, Core i5 - 4 stars, Core i7- 5 stars.

Point?

With the introduction of computer utilizing the Intel Core i3, i5, i7, and i9 processors, the computers that can use Intel Core 2 (Duo and Quad) processors are becoming VERY economical.

You may be able to purchase a desktop computer that utilizes an Intel Core 2 processor for around
$400 to $500. One that utilizes a comparable AMD processor for the same, or less.
And has Windows 7. (I know, do not start a sentence with And)

One example, (Not advertising for website),

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6326393&CatId=6

Another example,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6738683&CatId=6

The Power Supply is probably what is bad with your GX270. Also, has it been cleaned inside on a regular basis as needed? {To include the Power Supply. A can of compressed air for computers is used. Power unplugged to computer}

Oct 24, 2010 | Dell GX270 P4 256/40/48X/XPP/NONE...

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I would like to upgrade my cpu. Can I put a larger cpu? I have a compaq EVO D510 with a 1.8 processor.


You can upgrade the speed of the CPU. Of course in order to do that you must know the motherboard capabilities. If the motherboard is upgradable to 2.0ghz processor with the same specs with your 1.8ghz processor then you can upgrade. If the motherboard is un-upgradable, my suggestion is to replace the motherboard, get a new processor, memory module, etc. Meaning you just bought a new computer. For the mean time, upgrade your memory module. Un-install the software that you don't need. Especially the one the eats up the processor speed.

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After upgrading memory, 6 beeps, how to proceed


According to Kingston's web site, the Optiplex SX280 uses DDR2-400 or 533 speed chips of up to 2GB in size, for a total possible maximum of 4 GB. If you've used any other combination or type of chip, its not going to work. Also, make *sure* you've installed the chips correctly; it's easy to do improperly. You start by inserting them at a 45 degree angle, then pressing the high edge down until it clicks into place. Pop them both out if you still have trouble, and install them again. Make sure you've taken all static protection measures.

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I need to upgrade Video card, PLEASE HELP!


You can go to the Dell website and check product support. Why do you need an upgrade?


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Upgrade from pentium 915 D to dual core


The pentium d 915 is a dual core processor, albeit a bad one. You should check google for info on your motherboard to see if it supports Core 2 duo's/ Core 2 quads. I have an E6600 overclocked to 3.0ghz and it still plays games perfectly paired with my 8800gt 512mb and 4gb's ram. I definately recommend upgrading to a core 2 duo. I used to have a pentium d 915 and it was bad for gaming and the e6600 blows it out of the water. You most likely wont find the e6600 anywhere as it is nearly 3 years old. Look at sites such as toms hardware to find a good core 2 duo.

Good luck- an t-adh leat!

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How can i increase the memory of my dell optilplex sx260, with an intel 845 chip? i only have 8 mb graphic memory


You can't. The video card is integrated and there is no expansion slot available to upgrade it.

You can increase the total RAM on the computer by adding a larger piece or an additional piece, but this will not affect the graphic memory.

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Lack of knowledge of Dell OptiPlex SX280 SFF video capabilities


Nop, you will not be able to watch 1080p, the graphic card is not that good, you have an integreted intel GMA 900 graphic card, that card can never show full HD as 1080p is. And the 512mb memory that you have, thats is not good enough either.


Sorry M8



Good luck

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