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Windows 7: Dell Dimension E520 - Possible upgrades (Ram, Graphics Card, OS)?

16 Nov 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate X64
Dell Dimension E520 - Possible upgrades (Ram, Graphics Card, OS)?


I have been searching the Internet for many leads but have come up, empty handed. I am new to these forums, so I am not sure whether or not this is the correct area to be posting this in.

I have been looking to upgrade my old computer an Dell Dimension E520 to a more powerful computer, so it is able to run 3d based programs without an hint of lag. I have looked into getting new computers, but I'd rather upgrade the computer I have, so I can use it for a few more years.

My system specifications are as follows:

Computer: Dell Dimension E520

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x86 32 Bit

Bios: 2.04

Processor: Dual Core Intel Pentium D CPU 3.40GHz

Current Ram: 2Gb

Graphics Card: NIVIDIA GeForce 7300 LE (512mb)

Power Supply: 300 Watts

Bios Screen:

(I hope this is enough information)

and I would like to upgrade the ram to make use of the two extra slots so I can get 8Gb's and also upgrade the graphics card to an.

Although something I really want to know, is if the dell Dimension can handle the windows 7 64 Bit or do I have to go down to a lower OS?

Also has anyone done this before and does anyone have any advise for a suitable graphics card that will not overtax my power supply.

Thank you for reading, any help would be most appreciated.

Sean Hall.

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16 Nov 2012   #2

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit

I had an E510 which is basically the same vintage. You are better off just buying a new PC rather than try to upgrade the hardware in the E520.

First, max memory, according to the Dell manual, is 4GB. If you upgrade the Video card you will need a new power supply. The Dell power supply is 300 watts and does not have a PCIe power connector. The motherboard is a BTX style and it has a Dell proprietary and undocumented front panel connector, thus you couldn't upgrade the motherboard (if you can even find a BTX style motherboard) and use the Dell case.

Better off to put whatever money you would spend on the limited upgrades into a new, modern technology, computer.

From the Dell manual:
Type 533-MHz and 667-MHz dual DDR2 unbuffered SDRAM
Memory connectors four
Memory capacities 256 MB, 512 MB, or 1 GB non-ECC
Minimum memory 256 MB
Maximum memory 4 GB
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16 Nov 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate X64

Hmmmmm, I can see what you mean. But as an collage student I'd rather just spend on the minimal upgrades and buy a new computer when I got to university. The main thing I need is an good graphics card.

As so, I have an budget of 400 hense why I wish to upgrade and not buy A new computer. If you have any suggestions to a budget but powerful computer, it would help me allot.
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16 Nov 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I have an e520 running as a server right now. You can upgrade minimal things, such as memory and DVD drive, but you can't do much with the core of the computer.

The point fireberd was trying to make is that you'd be better off buying a new computer, or the parts. Memory, for example, is more expensive for these machine than for something current. You would get a lot more for your money by replacing it, especially since you bought a small form-factor OEM system. By doing so, you gave up your ability to make system-wide upgrades.
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