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Dell Dimension 4500 Upgrade


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Hello All,

I am in the process of planning some simple upgrades to my home computer. I have a Dell Dimension 4500 and want to add more RAM and a new hard drive. When I purchased the computer, it said I can have a max of 1G RAM. However, when I went to Crucial.com and had their website scan, it said I have the capacity to upgrade to 2G. This is actually the capacity the 4500S can go to. Who do I believe?

As for the hard drive, what is the easiest way I can determine the maximum capacity I can upgrade to? Can't seem to find that in the spec listing.

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I am sorry I found your topic so late.
It appears your computer requires DDR RAM. It can accept up to 2-512MB modules. 400mhz or 533mhz (PC3200 or PC4200)



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Hard Drives don't have a limit. As long as you have extra expansion connectors like SATA or IDE available.
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Hello All,

I am in the process of planning some simple upgrades to my home computer. I have a Dell Dimension 4500 and want to add more RAM and a new hard drive. When I purchased the computer, it said I can have a max of 1G RAM. However, when I went to Crucial.com and had their website scan, it said I have the capacity to upgrade to 2G. This is actually the capacity the 4500S can go to. Who do I believe?

As for the hard drive, what is the easiest way I can determine the maximum capacity I can upgrade to? Can't seem to find that in the spec listing.

Thanks

Sorry I did not address the hard drive issue. Hard drive have a set size, and cannot be increased. You can view the size of your hard drive from with in My Computer. You can add a second hard drive easy enough. All you need it a + head screw drive and about 30 mins.

Edited by acklan, 26 March 2007 - 09:18 PM.

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Thanks for the help! As for the hard drive, I am aware that they are fixed but what I was concerned with was getting one too large in size that my system or BIOS could support. I ended up choosing a 120G drive which installed perfectly and is running fine.

As for the Dell specs, they are easy enough to read and for a safety factor I can go along with them. I guess I was concerned that Crucial.com's scan showed that I can support 2G of RAM. Let's face it, with memory being cheap, I'd rather upgrade to 2G :whistling:
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As for the Dell specs, they are easy enough to read and for a safety factor I can go along with them. I guess I was concerned that Crucial.com's scan showed that I can support 2G of RAM. Let's face it, with memory being cheap, I'd rather upgrade to 2G :whistling:

You are wise beyond your years Grasshopper. Good choice. You will not be sorry. :blink:
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