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Windows 7: questions about pc build

03 Mar 2014   #21
smarteyeball

 
 

Sorry for the delay Bruce, but yes that should be fine.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Computer0304 View Post
Yes it will do the job correctly most likely. You should get a aftermarket cooler since they are way better than stock.
Unfortunately a 3rd party cooler wont fit as this board uses a custom cooler and subsequently has a different hole size layout.


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03 Mar 2014   #22
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Oh.
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04 Mar 2014   #23
Bruce SX

 
 
Hi Gents & Ladies......

......Some of my components arrived via USPS. One thing...I went for highest percentage alcohol I could find and that turned out to be 91%. If that isn't of sufficient strength I will replace it.

Here is the RAM and HDD. I mistakenly thought the HDD was a WD Black. It is a WD Blue.

KR,
Bruce


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04 Mar 2014   #24
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Computer0304
Oh.
Yeah, a lot of Dell PCs use their own design which can make upgrading certain components difficult. It's something to keep in mind when someone wants to upgrade a Dell machine.

Hard drives, no problems. Video cards check case size and PSU, PSU's check case size. motherboard check standoffs (some cases are ATX straight swap, others, particularly older models, can have different screw hole layouts.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bruce SX View Post
......Some of my components arrived via USPS. One thing...I went for highest percentage alcohol I could find and that turned out to be 91%.
That should be fine. As long as it removes all the existing paste from both the top of the CPU and bottom of the cooler.
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06 Mar 2014   #25
Bruce SX

 
 
Greetings......

......It has been a few days, but I finally went in and cleaned up the CPU. I tried, but couldn't take a very good image to post that was clear enough to decipher the legend. Got out the ol' spyglass and did it by hand.

I'll list everything I got in order from the top to bottom
  • Intel '06 QX9650
  • Intel Core2 Extreme
  • SLAWN MALAY
  • 3.00GHZ/12M/1333/05B
  • L806B336
I hope this is ok.

KR,
Bruce


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06 Mar 2014   #26
Bruce SX

 
 
Tower #2......

......The CPU #'s again, from top to bottom:
  • Intel '05 Q6600
  • Intel Core2 QUAD
  • SLACR MALAY
  • 2.40GHZ/8M/1066/05A
  • L808B266
Cheers,
KR
Bruce
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06 Mar 2014   #27
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

You should definitely go with the Extreme. It has a way higher clock speed than the Quad.
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07 Mar 2014   #28
Bruce SX

 
 
Hi Computer0304......

......Thanks for the comment. I will go with the extreme.

Now, back to video/graphic cards. I can get the following card, from ebay, new old stock, for $21. That fits my budget. Will it be sufficient for WIN 7 ? I can always upgrade later. This isn't a do or die situation, as I have been searching through many sources of different cards. I hope to get one that I can utilize efficiently on this platform. I still have a second hard drive to come up with, so I still have time to shop around.

KR.
Bruce

This is a
1 HD4550 PCI-E Graphics card

New cards, bulk packaging.

ATI Radeon™ HD 4550 Graphics
With all the latest features, the ATI Radeon™ HD 4550 graphics cards deliver an incredible visual experience with best in class performance. Enjoy unprecedented levels of graphics realism and play the latest games with support for Microsoft DirectX® 10.1. Add this graphics card to your PC and watch Blu-ray movies and HD content play with incredible visual fidelity1, and view digital photos with over 1 billion colors2. Do it all with break-through efficiency that doesn’t compromise performance.

Features & Benefits

  • 80 Stream Processing Units provide enough power to tackle demanding games and applications.
  • Enhanced Anti-Aliasing (AA) & Anisotropic Filtering (AF) - High performance anisotropic filtering and anti-aliasing (4X AA) smooth jagged edges and create true-to-life graphics, for everything from grass to facial features.
  • Watch the hottest Blu-ray movies or other HD content at full 1080p1 display resolution and beyond.3
  • Integrated DisplayPort technology4 with audio is an innovative digital solution that supports the latest graphics and LCD technologies.
  • The ATI Radeon™ HD 4550 graphics card consumes less than 25 watts under full load, making it the ideal choice for implementation across a large diverse install base of desktop PCs.
  • Second generation 55nm chip uses the industry’s most energy efficient manufacturing process.
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07 Mar 2014   #29
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

I think it will if it was made near 2008 (My PC was made at that time and I am running integrated graphics for Win7 fine)
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07 Mar 2014   #30
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Another thing to say: This card runs DirectX 10 and if you are going to play slightly new games, you may want to get a DirectX11 card if possible. If not, it will be fine.
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