Thread: Upgrade: Dell Dimension 3100
October 6th, 2009, 05:01 PM #1
Upgrade: Dell Dimension 3100
I been given the task of "upgrading" a Dell Dimension 3100 (The upgrade is wanted because they are getting teh internets!!!):
Looking at the specs a 2 * 1GB DDR2 RAM upgrade is a no-brainer to replace the 2 * 256MB currently installed with the prices being as low as they are.
I haven't turned the box on yet (been busy today just grabbed the specs) but the sticker on the front is of the P4 HT variety so i'm guessing:
- It'll be running at around 3Ghz
- The motherboard is of the LGA 775 variety (True?)
Therefore any CPU upgrade would have to be a P4 Dual core (Nasty) or a Core 2 variant.
From the specs the chipset is a Intel 915GV:
Intel® 915GV Express Chipset for Embedded Computing – Overview
I've had a quick flick around teh internets and i don't think i can put P4 Dual core (Nasty) or a Core 2 in this board - Can anyone confirm this?
IMO just putting 2GB of ram in this would give a decent performance boost anyway and would be worth doing, i don't think they do anything "demanding" on the machine anyway.
The reason they want it upgrading is more than likely it is full of rubbish and like in most cases a fresh install of XP would feel like an upgrade.
My Intel knowledge isn't what it should be hence the request for help, thanks in advance :-)
(Oh yeah and i can't believe it ain't got a PCI Express x16 slot or an AGP x8 slot, a dirty trick DELL.)
***Probably get this RAM***
Crucial 2GB Kit (2x1GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 Memory Non-ECC Unbuffered CL6 Lifetime Warranty - Ebuyer
Should work fine it will just auto clock down to 533 - won't it? (I wanna get the faster ram so maybe it can be re-used if they upgrade again later).
Last edited by JRB3; October 6th, 2009 at 05:11 PM. Reason: Added RAM choice"I hope you leave enough room for my fist because I'm going to ram it into your stomach and break your god-damn spine! "
October 7th, 2009, 06:56 AM #2
I have concluded, via further research, that the motherboard is highly unlikely to be compatible with dual core processors.
Therefore with the current amount of processing power available in the system IMO 1GB of ram should be a "good match" and as such i will buy this from the finest local supplier:
Exlen Technology Ltd - Computer Repairs Chesterfield - 01246 236363 - Team 1GB DDR2-800 CL5
Then i will perform a fresh install of Windows XP and all will be fine, dandy and cost less than 10 quid :-)"I hope you leave enough room for my fist because I'm going to ram it into your stomach and break your god-damn spine! "
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