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Will this computer work for me?


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#1 yellowdog5

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 01:08 PM

I have a chance to by a Dell computer with the following specs: XP SP3 (valid), Microsoft Office 2007. Intel R 2.53 ghz processor, 1 gig ram and 60 gigs of storage, DVD and CD writable drives 64MB DDR NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 420 with TV Out (Dell).
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What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)?
Email and web browsing, playing music and processing photos

What software do you intend on using on the computer?
What do you need to know? I have a camera, a scanner, Microsoft Picture it, other stuff, nothing fancy.

Do you play games? If so, what type of games?
No games

Do you tend to have a lot of programs running at the same time, or do you close every program when you are done using it? Sometimes I have 2 or 3 running at the same time, but not often.

Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? So far my 4g flash drive is enough for backup.

This computer has nearly the ram of the one I have now, and mine is wearing out. What do you think?

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 01:25 PM

I think it will do you just fine for basic email and web browsing, but may struggle playing music and processing photos, especially a large amount, or if trying to do so all at once. I would try and spring for something with a better graphics card, and try to stay at or higher than 2GB of ram to make it more of an upgrade to what you have now.

You don't need a great graphics card since you won't be gaming, but you don't want your computer to stutter everytime you're loading your high quality pictures from your camera.

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 01:39 PM

The graphics card I have now is Radeon 7000. is it better than the one on the computer above?

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 03:18 PM

Let's just do a little passmark comparison of these two cards...

The Geforce 420 scores a 69, and ranks 933 out of 1134 similar cards.
The Radeon 7000 scores a 40, and is ranked 1033 out of 1134 similar cards.


The GeForce 420 should perform better than your current Radeon 7000, according to the Benchmarks. A higher G3D score is better, and a lower Rank is better.

Edited by 504Steve, 08 December 2011 - 03:20 PM.


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Posted 08 December 2011 - 07:20 PM

Could you please elaborate on processing photos?

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 10:19 PM

Could you please elaborate on processing photos?

Nothing fancy, I have Microsoft Picture It, and Photoshop Elements 2, which I don't use much because I haven't had time to learn how, so I use Picture It almost exclusively. I print a few photos, but not many. I have Microsoft Scanner and Camera Wizard for downloading. Most of the pictures I work on are from my own camera.

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 10:38 PM

Then this should be able to handle it but i do strongly recommend for a ram upgrade for optimal performance.

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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 08 December 2011 - 11:40 PM

Then this should be able to handle it but i do strongly recommend for a ram upgrade for optimal performance.



According to the amount of work you do with pictures, I can agree with killerx525. You're good to go as far as storage space, processor, and graphics card performance. The RAM could use an upgrade, but shouldn't hurt you.

I'm not sure what you intend to do down the road, but I've done some research for you as far as upgradability to save you the headache. As far as I'm concerned, the specs you mentioned only come available (in the US) in that exact configuration on a Dell Dimension 4550. Forgive me if I'm wrong on the model, but assuming it is, you're good to go on the 2GB ram upgrade if you wish, despite Dell's initial max of 1GB on the system. Also, there's a huge slew of graphics cards you can slap into this system for a fairly decent price to upgrade it, if you choose to go down this path.

Here is my source for this information. You can also find a list of consumer tested memory with this computer.

I hope this has been informative for you.

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 09:16 AM

Thank you both, It is a Dell 4550, I will probably get it, your information has been most helpful.

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 09:19 AM

When you get the system, you would have to first determine what ram stick is in the system before upgrading it to 2GB.

>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
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Posted 09 December 2011 - 09:36 AM

When you get the system, you would have to first determine what ram stick is in the system before upgrading it to 2GB.

Do you mean how many gb, or the brand, or whether it is PC3200, PC2700, etc? (I don't understand what all this means, I just took it off the website from 504Steve's link, I can install it, though)

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 10:24 AM

The amount of ram sticks in the system and the speed and capacity of them.

>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
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Posted 09 December 2011 - 10:34 AM

The amount of ram sticks in the system and the speed and capacity of them.

Ok, I understand. If I get the machine I will have more questions--probably in a different forum. Thank you so much.

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 10:37 AM

For these things it would be in the System and building section :thumbup2:

>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
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Posted 10 December 2011 - 03:38 PM

Dell 4550 should be DDR333 since you have the 533FSB according to the CPU speed.
BTW this is discontinued memory from kingston.

If the seller will give you the service tag you can visit Dell and I belive it is under warranty lookup you can see when the computer was put into service if you are curious how old it is. The one I just looked up had a warranty start date of 1/8/2003.
From here http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/product_support/dd_segmenter?c=us&l=en&s=gen pick home users and enter the service tag. Then on the download screen pick warranty information.

From here http://www.ec.kingston.com/ecom/configurator_new/modelsinfo_disc.asp?SysID=12595&mfr=Dell&model=Dimension+4550&root=us&LinkBack=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kingston.com&Sys=12595-Dell-Dimension+4550&distributor=0&submit1=Search
"Maximum Memory: 2GB
Expansion: 2 Sockets
CPU & ChipSet: Intel Pentium 4 Intel 845PE
Bus Architecture: PCI

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Dell Dimension 4550 requires BIOS A08 or higher to support 2GB maximum (2x1GB).
533MHz FSB (front side bus) systems come standard with DDR333 (KTD4550/xxx). "

Edited by rotor123, 10 December 2011 - 03:43 PM.

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