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Posted 17 August 2009 - 10:20 AM
Posted 17 August 2009 - 04:28 PM
Your current setup has the video chip built into the motherboard
Posted 17 August 2009 - 04:29 PM
Edited by Sneakycyber, 17 August 2009 - 04:30 PM.
Posted 18 August 2009 - 04:56 PM
it says Dell XPS 400. I find it weird that in the original order detail it says my video card is a "256MB nVidia Geforce 7300LE TurboCache" but when searching on my computer it says 512mb. oh well...Your current setup has the video chip built into the motherboard
The small socket is PCI-E for upgrade purposes
What is the model number or service tag number of the Dell?
It should be on the back
Posted 18 August 2009 - 06:00 PM
Posted 19 August 2009 - 09:00 AM
Posted 19 August 2009 - 09:55 AM
Posted 19 August 2009 - 11:21 AM
It is soldered in place on the motherboard. You either disable it in the BIOS or on some computers, just install the new video card
i cannot replace that video chip? i can only add another? it seems like i could just pull it out.
The short black one, underneath the white one in your last picture - Letter C
what small socket are you talking about? and i thought the x16 is the big black one where the video card is attached? which one are you talking about?
There is nothing there referring to video
Why does my initial order form say i have one thing but the XPS 400 documentation say i have something else?
Original Order Form: PentiumŪ D Processor 820 with Dual Core Technology (2.80GHz, 800FSB)
Documentation: IntelŪ PentiumŪ 4 Socket-T with Hyper-Threading or Dual-Core support
This means you have integrated video
Posted 20 August 2009 - 11:09 AM
Posted 21 August 2009 - 07:06 AM
Yes, it's not so easy to make out from the images but with the help of the board layout from that link, the third image is showing a passively cooled PCIe x16 video card. You would need to replace the existing card with a better one.
my current video card is attached via pci express, correct? is it possible to add a second video card to an open slot or should i replace my current card with a new model?
With a 375W power supply, your system would probably only be able to power a card that gets all its power from the PCIe slot (maximum 75W), and doesn't require any extra power connectors. The amount of memory plays a part in the power requirement, but also how powerful the graphics chip on the card is. You wouldn't be able to use a very high performance card with the existing PSU. DDR3 memory is faster than DDR2, but not by a lot.
i heard about bigger cards and power requirements. will my PC be able to power a bigger card? lets say 1GB or so? how do i make sure i have enough power? also whats the difference between DDR2 and DDR3?
It is Intel's specification for a Media PC, which is the reason the system has a modest video card. It's passively cooled to not make the computer loud, and concentrates what performance it has on accelerating tasks like DVD playback.
the outside of my PC has a sticker that says Intel VIIV. What is that?
A Pentium D 820 is a decent processor. It isn't "cut down" like a Celeron, but current CPUs like Core2 have much higher performance. Also its power consumption is high and yours is low in clock speed at 2.8GHz (the base model). Multitasking and video editing are strong points of the Pentium D in comparison with similar CPUs of its time:
i was also curious about my processor. How is my processor for running multiple applications and other tasks like video editing? how does it compare with duo cores that i see now? its not as cheap as the old celeron processors is it? is it a generally good processor?
Edited by Platypus, 21 August 2009 - 07:08 AM.
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