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Windows 7: will my pc run windows 7?

01 Jul 2011   #21
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Could I have the model number now? lol


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01 Jul 2011   #22
stephenb1992

32bit windows xp
 
 

i can give you the make:

dell optiplex gx270 small desktop tower.
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01 Jul 2011   #23
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

You said small desktop tower... Have you looked inside the machine and are sure there are four memory slots?
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01 Jul 2011   #24
stephenb1992

32bit windows xp
 
 

yes 4 ram slots.
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01 Jul 2011   #25
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Then you support a maximum of 4 GB RAM, and the fastest you can use is DDR 400, or the other designation for it is PC3200. I would suggest replacing the sticks you have now, as you will never find a matched pair for a dell machine purchasing separately. Also, the RAM in the machine right now is horribly under specification, at 166 Mhz instead of 333 or 400 as recommended by Dell.

Corsair (VS2GBKIT400C3) 2GB (2x1GB) DDR 400MHz/PC3200 Memory non-ECC Unbuffered CL3 - Lifetime Warranty: Corsair: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories
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01 Jul 2011   #26
stephenb1992

32bit windows xp
 
 

oh...well then...i dunno what to do now i really want windows 7 so badly.
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01 Jul 2011   #27
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stephenb1992 View Post
i can give you the make:

dell optiplex gx270 small desktop tower.
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If you have the small desktop (not the small form factor), you have 4 DIMM slots, and the machine supports 1GB DDR DIMMs for up to 4GB total.

Unfortunately, DDR is older and therefore more expensive than DDR2 or DDR2. A couple of 1GB sticks would cost $92US at www.crucial.com.

The Optiplex GX270 is an old system for a Win7 upgrade, but I know of no reason why it wouldn't work. Dell won't support the upgrade, but running the Upgrade Advisor will help you discover whether drivers exist for all of your hardware.
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01 Jul 2011   #28
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Or, if you want a little more performance from tighter timings:

Corsair DDR XMS3200 2GB (2x184) DIMM Unbuffered CL3 Pair Silver Heat Spreader: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

But that comes at the cost of more money, unfortunately.
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01 Jul 2011   #29
stephenb1992

32bit windows xp
 
 

bobkn, i have already ran the upgrade advisor and the important drivers are supported thankfully so i can take that as a yes to upgrading?
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01 Jul 2011   #30
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stephenb1992 View Post
oh...well then...i dunno what to do now i really want windows 7 so badly.
It will run, but I would keep in consideration an upgrade to RAM that is the highest frequency supported. I can only guess that more RAM was added after the computer was purchased that is at a lower frequency than 333 or 400, which would throttle all memory to the lowest speed stick. That's not a bad deal on the value select ram, especially since it's getting harder to find.
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