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08-Jan-2009, 04:40 PM #1
Dell dimension 4600i upgrade question
I have a dell dimension 4600i with 2.80 ghz processor running windows xp and 3 gigs of ram. Also has Nvidia geoforce fx 52 with 128mb onboard. I just added the additional ram. It has a dell motherboard OF=4491. Is there thing I can do to upgrade it further in order to run vista or windows 7.
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08-Jan-2009, 04:52 PM #2
How old is the machine? Some of the older ones came with a 5400 rpm hard drive. This won't specifically help with Vista, but a 7200 rpm drive would help overall performance.
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08-Jan-2009, 04:54 PM #3

You do not mention what type of processor you are running (AMD/Intel - Dual Core, etc.) and I did not look it up so I am going to guess it is a P4 Single Core. With that said I would check into upgrading your processor. You can visit for all sorts of processor information and I believe that may have a section on upgrading DELL boards. The other place you are lacking is in Video RAM. Vista would definitely chew through that video card. You can find a good nVidia chipset card with 512MB RAM pretty cheap now.

With all that said, make sure your upgrades are not costing you nearly as much as a new PC. With the cost of the RAM, Processor, Video, etc. and depending on what you want to do you may want to consider holding off on upgrades and upgrading next year when Windows 7 is released?! This may be the best bet as your processor and motherboard will hold you back if gaiming is your intent.

Hope this helps.

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08-Jan-2009, 04:56 PM #4

Nice suggestion. Also, what is the interface, SATA or PATA. Perhaps an add in interface care if necessary to run SATA 7200 with a large MB cache drive?!

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