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Radicalmonkeyhead

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#1 12 years ago

I got a Dell Dimension 2400 and i found that mostly all dell comps have PCI slots and PCI-E slots and i was just wondering how would i find out if my Comp can take PCI and PCI-E cards because i really need a new graphics card but it's hard to find good PCI ones




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#2 12 years ago

My second comp is an 2400. You can only take PCI, and mabye AGP., but no PCI-E.




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#3 12 years ago

how would i find out though is there a thing what tells you on the comp system or do u have to take it apart




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#4 12 years ago

Well, you've just been given the answer... look two posts above mine.




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#5 12 years ago

The 2400 comes with three PCI expansion slots. That's it.

If you want anything better than a PCI graphics card, you'll need a new computer. Dell motherboards are proprietary and cannot be replaced.




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#6 12 years ago

Is it not possible to upgrade?




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#7 12 years ago

Nope. Not unless he wants to void his warranty by replacing half the system, anyway. (IIRC Dell also use proprietary PSUs.)




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#8 12 years ago

Well, 5 mins after I have bought all of my PCs I upgraded and voided warranties...




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#9 12 years ago
J.C. DentonWell, 5 mins after I have bought all of my PCs I upgraded and voided warranties...

Yes, but there comes a point where the upgrade simply isn't worth the trouble.

First, he has to purchase a new motherboard (Which will most likely require extensive "persuasion" to fit inside the custom Dell case), then a graphics card, a new PSU - not to mention a faster CPU if he plans on gaming, the 2400 ships with a ~2GHz Celeron as standard.

My advice would be to just save up for a completely new system, that way you won't be forced to compromise in order to meet Dell's exacting requirements.