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Will this graphics card work with my Dell Dimension 2400?

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  • Timmy Buggy Mar 28, 2011

    Ok. I will keep that in mind. Windows 7.... yeah.

    how do i upgrade to a dual or quad core processor? what do i need for that?

    i am also thinking of buying another gig of ram before i ever upgrade an OS.



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It is a PCI card and unless you have all the PCI slots used in the system then Yes. It will work with your system.

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Yes it would work, It may be a little tight in the case (depending on what other types of slots are filled).

If you do not mind me asking, what types of things do you do where you need this graphics card?

I ask this because judging by the stock specs of the 2400 model series, you may want to also upgrade some other components if you plan to play higher end games or such.

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  • Timmy Buggy Mar 28, 2011

    I do vlogging, so i want to have smoother video editting. I also am thinking of doing some WoW (World of Warcraft....). I have upgraded to 1256mb of ram. some other games that i really want working smoothly are:

    -Age of Empires 3
    -Axis and Allies
    -Warcraft 3

    i also want to know.... will the graphics card help my pc if i upgrade to a higher OS like Win 7 or Vista?

  • Walter Ruth Mar 28, 2011

    I would not go with Vista as it is a resource hog and could make your pc run slower. if you already have XP then windows 7 is not a must have but it would be a good look in the next couple of months.

    If you looking to play some games then you should look in to possibly a dual or quad core processor and these are a big upgrade for cheap. I would also upgrade to another gig of ram to 2048mb total for a lot smoother running.

  • Walter Ruth Mar 28, 2011

    I would add the RAM before going with the OS upgrade.

    search or for a core 2 duo processor.

    I will search for upgrade processors for you to give you a list of each one you could choose from.

  • Timmy Buggy Mar 28, 2011

    I'm a real newb at computers.... im kinda not clear what a processor looks like... i tried looking 'em up, but i get all sorts of random pics and websites... so.... what does it look like, and what does it do?

  • Walter Ruth Mar 28, 2011

    The processor is like the brain of the computer. It does all the calculations so the programs and other games could work.

    It looks like a square with pins sticking out of the bottom. On the mother board its under all of the metal heat sinks that keep it cool. Normally it has its own fan in real close proximity because they do get very hot.

  • Timmy Buggy Mar 28, 2011

    oh. ok. thanks. would it be fine if i installed the new RAM, Graphics Card, and OS before buying a new processor? im wanting to wait a bit till my birthday, which i'll get more money. lol. also, how can i know which processor works with my desktop?

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    Glen Oakley Mar 28, 2011

    A motherboard's 'socket type' is what largely determines what kind of processor it can take. The Dimension 2400 has a Socket 478, which limits your choice in processors to Pentium 4 or Celeron.

    Here is a list of Pentium 4 processors:

    You will need to find a processor from that list that is Socket 478; any other type will not work with your computer. It may be hard to buy a Pentium 4 processor, so do not limit your options too much. Make sure that what you buy exceeds what you already have, though.

    As for RAM, the maximum memory allowed by the Dimension 2400 motherboard is 2 sticks of 1GB RAM (2GB). While this is fine for Windows XP, Windows 7 requires at /least/ 1GB of memory, most of which is used exclusively by the operating system. This leaves less memory for other tasks.

    While the upgrades will be relatively cheap, as this is an older computer, the performance increase you see may not be as drastic as you expect. You should take into consideration the option of upgrading your motherboard, which essentially means buying a new computer.

  • Timmy Buggy Mar 28, 2011

    ooooh. ok. thanks for the info! :) i guess i'll stick with XP and keep my processor. i'll prolly be happy with 2gb ram and a 256mb graphics card. thanks, guys for ur help. :)


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Yes, that should work fine. That card uses the PCI interface, which there are 3 slots for on the Dell Dimension 2400.

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    The 'socket' on a motherboard greatly determines what kinds of CPUs the computer can accept. The Dimension 2400 is can only take processors that are compatible with Socket 478. This limits you to other Pentium 4 or Celeron processors.

    Here is a list of Pentium 4 processors:

    You will need to choose a processors listed as Socket 478. Compare what you currently have to what you can obtain. Pentium 4 uses older technology, so the prices are relatively low.

    As for upgrading RAM, the Dimension 2400 limits RAM to 2GB. This will be fine for Windows XP. Windows 7, however, requires at /least/ 1GB of ram, most of which goes just to the operating system itself. Keep this in mind if you plan to upgrade.

    While these upgrades will not be very costly, the performance increase you see may not be as drastic as you expect. You may want to consider upgrading your motherboard, which essentially means purchasing a new computer.


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