Dell Vostro 400
Posted 26 June 2011 - 01:38 PM
Posted 27 June 2011 - 10:58 AM
If you havn`t already read this it may help; http://en.community....t/19249074.aspx
We can help you with any upgrades if you let us know the following details, what will the computers main use be gaming, school or office work etc and what is your available budget.
One component that more often than not has to be replaced when upgrading brand name computers such as Dell and HP etc is the power supply, especially when adding or upgrading video cards.
Posted 27 June 2011 - 11:51 AM
Posted 27 June 2011 - 12:13 PM
One thing you can do now is use the Crucial Memory Scanner http://www.crucial.c...ner/?click=true this will recommend what the best available Ram option is for your computer, you do not have to purchase anything just write down the recommendations and then shop around for the best deal.
Posted 27 June 2011 - 12:20 PM
Posted 27 June 2011 - 12:36 PM
Posted 27 June 2011 - 01:01 PM
After considering your present and intended use of the computer going over the top with upgrades would be both needless and a waste of your resources, that said if you have other particular upgrades in mind let us know.
You have your Ram advice sorted so what I suggest now is you check if the PC is W7 compatible http://support.dell....3&isLegacy=true and for your new DVD burner http://www.tigerdire...4&Sku=A455-5022 I have suggested this as it has the ability to overwrite your discs to destroy personal data using a system called EHammer.
By not upgrading the video card you can stick with your present power supply, what other programs are you looking for.
Posted 27 June 2011 - 01:36 PM
Posted 27 June 2011 - 01:50 PM
For me the SD card reader as opposed to an additional DVD drive, it will also require less power.
Posted 27 June 2011 - 02:21 PM
Posted 28 June 2011 - 09:43 AM
Having not yet upgraded to W7 I do not know much about it and so not qualified to comment, I will suggest however that you download and run http://windows.micro.../upgradeadvisor this will give you more information on 32 and 64 bit CPUs and OSs.
If you are presently running XP 32bit the software adviser will suggest doing a custom install, the way around this is to back up all the data that you wish to keep and format then partition your HDD and do a full install of W7 64bit, this way you get the full benefits of the new software.
Posted 28 June 2011 - 10:35 AM
Posted 28 June 2011 - 10:58 AM
Good luck with the upgrades and let us know how it works out or if we can help
EDIT: Some info on XP memory limits http://members.cox.n...tteryt/RAM.html
Posted 28 June 2011 - 11:34 AM