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Upgrade that won't eat my wallet


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#1 cstrevel

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 06:00 PM

I have an entry level Dell E521 (AMD Sempron 3400+ on an nForce 430 (AM2) motherboard with 512MB DDR2 533MHz RAM and 305W power supply). Although this system is 4 years old, it has received extremely minimal use so I would like to know if it's sensible to upgrade. My ultimate goal would be to install and comfortably run Windows 7 (although $200 to run XP until it's discontinued wouldn't be terrible either).

I've shopped around and found an Athlon 64 x2 5200+ and 2GB DDR2 800 MHz RAM which I would buy provided someone tells me I'm not making a mistake or can direct me to something even better.

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 06:32 AM

First you can buy 3x1GB DDR2 Ram sticks which make it up to 3.5GB. Stay with the Sempron, no need for an upgrade. Windows 7 should work after you upgrade the Ram.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 23 October 2010 - 09:06 AM

i agree with the ram because the minimum requirements for windows 7 is 2gb of ram...processor is fine

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 06:10 PM

Even my 5 year old pentium 4 works with windows 7, so it is not required to upgrade your processor.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png





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