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Upgrades for Dell Dimension C521


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#1 MrPuffles

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 09:47 PM

Alright fellas, I need to upgrade this bad boy of mine. Problem is, I don't know what to get.

I have a Dimension C521 (slim tower casing) running Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit)

Some system specs:
Processor: AMD Sempron™ Processor 3400+ 1.80 GHz
Memory(RAM): 1.00 GB
Graphics: Radeon X1300/X1550 Series
Processor Cores: 1

If anything more is needed, let me know.

I'm the only one using this pc, really, and when I'm on it, I'm playing me some games. Well, only one game, really. League of Legends. My fps is not smooth most of the time and I freeze up for a little bit every now and then. All I'm concerned with is getting my computer to the point where it runs smooth. I don't care if I have to continue playing on the lowest graphics settings. :P

Recently I've been closing PVP.Net (improve performance somewhat) which is really just a platform for League of Legends to launch from. It allows one to add friends, check the store, join chat rooms, etc. and isn't actually needed to play a match. I get out of it because I only have 1 GB RAM and PVP.Net takes up a lot of my memory. Now, I'm not a computer expert or anything, but this makes me believe I just need more RAM and I'm good to go.. but that probably isn't the case, is it? ._.

I'm thinking of just getting 4GB RAM and a solid state drive/internal hard drive

Please bear in mind I'm on a limited budget ($100-$120)
Any suggestions are appreciated ^^ Unless the suggestion is me getting a new rig. I don't want any answers of the sort o:<

P.S. I don't want to change my casing s:


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#2 dpunisher

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:06 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161397 74.99 After rebate. 60 watt card, PSU should handle it.
http://www.crucial.com/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=11555A82A5CA7304 33.99

Get RAM first and see if that cures any stuttering due to disk writes/reads bcause of pagefile usage.

Videocard fans might hit chip cooler. Not going to suggest "getting a new rig" because you asked................but.....https://support.leagueoflegends.com/entries/234272-system-requirements

Edited by dpunisher, 07 November 2012 - 11:07 PM.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:29 PM

I've actually had my eyes on those RAM pieces for a little while. Probably going to get those first and this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103964 <- and see how my computer fares. If it's still bad, I'll either try out that video card or just wait till I can get a new rig.




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