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Hello Chris,or anyone that likes helping, looks like this group is the one with all the knowledge when it comes to these Dell systems so I need to hit you up for a few questions before time takes its toll on me and the new system. Now granted these are hypothetical questions but I am sure sometime during the life of my system I will be doing some upgrades to my system and was not sure what types of processors I could use. I do see several listed but am not sure that the motherboard or power supply would work for them. I see Dell makes the Q6700, Q9300, Q9450, Q9550, now are all these duo quad processors that would fit my motherboard along with the 425 watt power supply which Dell says I have? As you can see I don't want to change power supply or motherboard or overclock a smaller chip.Also do not want to burn up power supply or overheat anything from putting a bigger processor in it. What would be ideal in this situation? Also would it help any if I went up on the memory? I have 4 gig 800 in the stock machine which is running vista 32 bit. Also would like to keep the larger front side bus and needed to know if bios would need anything done to it. I wish I had waited on the Quad Xenon but I didn't I just want to keep this one for going as long as my last one did and I put it together with 2 single Pentium IV 300 chips and it blazed for 4 good years. I think you get my idea of just what I want to do but it would be a little at a time. Also do you think I should go on and put Vista 64 on it? I really like the system. Aso what about 2 nvidia cards? I don't know if I have any more room because there is a modem and the SOD card. Any help would be appreciated.
Sorry about that guys. I did read how to post I just think there was a short somewhere between the left ear and the right ear. Or would you say between the head and the seat? I knew I was to antsy to write it all down. And for the speculators you are correct it is an XPS 420. I really don't want to overclock anything was just curious if I could purchase one of the other chips and it fit into the stock motorboard without having power supply or overheating problems. I just don't know if they make a higher cpu that will fit the socket on the motherboard and if so which or which ones would fit it. Also if I took out the modem do you think I could get another nvidia in it? Thanks for the info on the memory but now I see the Vista 64 bit will recognize some ungodly amount is this true or just smoke blown my way? Thank you all for your help and I hope I can get much more inputs. Thank each and everyone for your help and hope I can get alot more. Thanks William
In order for any of us to even begin to address your questions, we need to know just what system you have.
Is it an Inspiron, a precision workstation, an XPS?
Which model is it, and also what OS are you currently running.
also use the graphical editor to post as your html code is not comming through...
P.S i m bettin a 420....
One question can be answered straighforward: If you are using a 32bit OS, be it Vista or XP, you don't want to put more than 4GB of memory as your system won't see them, in fact, your system won't even see your actuall 4GB and will only see about 3GB after deducting the memory used by the graphics card, other PCI devices, BIOS, etc.
I also think you are talking about the XPS420, in which case you cannot add another graphics card, you have only one PCIe x16 slot which is the slot required by most modern cards and the ones that are SLI capable.
Hope this helps a bit,
Yes my 420 is stock. Is was bought with the Quad Extreme QX6850, so it should run just fine in yours.
Dell does not officially support Vista 64 on the 420, but it runs just fine.
No I am not running a battery backup of any kind at the moment.
About that second nVidia, there is no way to put two PCIe x16 on the XPS 420 motherboard, even if you remove all your other cards. The XPS 420 has one single PCIe x16 slot, one x8 slot, one x1 slot and 3 regular PCI slots. So as for dual cards, you are completely out of luck, save for a 9800 GX2 🙂