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Aimee

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I was wondering how much RAM I can put into my pc, (Dell won't help me), It's a Dell Demension 4300 Series Desktop with a Pentium 4 processor designed for Windows ME but I have XP Pro...I was wondering how much RAM i can put in per stick and how much I can have total, (there are two slots). I have 640MB in it right now. I was also wondering what kind of videocard can go inside...it has a ATI RAGE 128 Pro and I really want to upgrade it because it runs at 16MB, I need at least a 128MB videocard and I need to know what kind i can put into my pc...I do have an AVG slot.
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According to Crucial, your system will support up to 1GB of PC133 SDRAM. So, you can install 2X 512MB sticks in your slots.

Here is a link with the specs for your system:
http://reviews.zdnet...10000047,00.htm

According to those specs, you only have standard PCI slots, so you would need to find a graphics card with a standard PCI interface. However, if you're sure that you have an AGP slot (I assume this is what you meant by AVG), then you can get a graphics card with an AGP interface which will give you much better performance and selection. Go to Newegg.com and you can narrow your video card search by interface.

According to this manual:
http://support.dell....0s/6K797bk0.pdf

The dimension 4300S has an AGP 4X slot, so your system may as well. If this is so, then any card with an AGP 4X/8X interface will work with your system.

Ahh...finally found it:
http://support.dell....ecs.htm#1101572

Your system does indeed have an AGP 4X slot.

Edited by kidnova, 17 October 2006 - 10:37 PM.

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Aimee

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Thank you so much....and yes I did mean AGP, just a typo....lol....again thanx!
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I would not put a bunch of money in this old of a computer. I took my intel intel 3.0 computer to a friends house just to show him the difference between it and his H-P intel 2.2 computer. It totally blew him away how much faster it was. Your computer is limited to a 400 Mhz bus and the cpu cant be upgraded anymore. You can get a gig of memory but it really wont run any faster than what you have. You can upgrade to one of these cards but unless you like gaming it's not necessary at all.

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814103159

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814102410

You would be much better off saving your money to buy a new Conroe system which will be nicely priced by christmas time. I have run a Conroe system and it even makes my Intel 3.0 look somewhat dated. I'm even thinking of pulling my gigabyte 945/cedar mills 3.0 system out of my Q-pack computer to install a conroe system.

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