Dell upgrade

  Newby 17:01 18 Apr 2005

I have a Precision 1400, 4 years old, which I have added a 2nd. hard drive and a dvd r/rw, memory expanded to 384mb. The motherboard has a 933Hz CPU and will support no more than 512mb memory. The CPU speed is the fastest this board will support.
I would like to upgfade/buy to give me a much faster processor, Preferably P4 - but I have had good reports on others (AMD?)- Win XP pro, TFT monitor. I am currently loaded with Win Me.
What's the bast route. I looked at the thread earlier - Dell upgrades -and, although they look good, they are providing extra equipment I niether want nor need, i.e. a printer, keyboard, mouse. Anyone got any ideas. I like Dell but am prepared to try others. My first computer was a Simply, and I was happy with that then.

  dth 17:38 18 Apr 2005

P4 or AMD 64 bit - sorry there is no clear answer on that one. It is AMD for me - as I think you get more for your money - but it is a difficult choice to make.

On your P/C the choices that I can see are:-

1) build yourself a new p/c and just swop over the bits from your current p/c that are still useable

2) bit the bullet and buy a new p/c (without the extras)

  Newby 12:20 08 May 2005

dth, - and anyone else,
My Dell is actually a Precision 4100 - not, as I said, a 1400.
I am still interested in upgrading the MoBo but Dell don't seem to have any info on their upgrade site.I do not know if the MoBo I have is wired to industry standards. I need to know so that I can determine whether I need new main and auxilliary power supply connections. Details of the MoBo are as follows:-
Board: Intel Corporation D815EEA AAA10383-403
Serial Number: PR02336V124610C40ABY
Bus Clock: 133 megahertz
BIOS: Intel Corp. A06 11/28/2000
Can anyone help? Even Dell? I don't suppose they look at these threads!! -but you never know!

  Joe R 12:36 08 May 2005


As you have stated, the system you run is four years old, and, I don't think the PSU, would be up to running the power hungry systems of today.

I feel your best bet would be to start from scratch, and have a new system. click here

Have many upgrade systems, with a wide range of prices.

  Joe R 12:38 08 May 2005

click here

This is also a first class site, if you are unsure about self-build.

  Diodorus Siculus 12:47 08 May 2005

Dell use non standard motherboard / PSU combinations in their home user PCs so it will not be possible for you to do an easy upgrade.

Take a look at one of the companies that do partial builds, such as the Novatech bare bones systems or - you can then cannibalise the pc you have and mix&match bits into the new one.

  Newby 12:55 08 May 2005

Joe R, Thank you very much for your information. I have placed the web sites in my favourites so I can view them at my leasure. They both look pretty good to me. Very grateful.

  Newby 12:58 08 May 2005

Diodorus Siculus,
Thank you for your info. I'll put Novatech in my favourites. Looks like I'm going to have a lot to look at! Thank you very much.

  never 12:59 08 May 2005

Newby, Dell PCs since about 1998 usually have hybrid motherboard & psu's. the pin config on the molex connections are different, so if you upgrade the motherboard you may well need to change the psu also.

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