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hi guys if i want to buy a new computer and still play freel

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Post Sat Oct 20, 2007 7:41 am

hi guys if i want to buy a new computer and still play freel

hi guys i wanna buy a new computer something i can get 3 to 4 gig of ram into what options do i have out there or can i make the one i have take 4 gigs currently it has 1 gig
OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name RICHARD-TU54SYM
System Manufacturer Dell Computer Corporation
System Model Dimension 2400
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 9 GenuineIntel ~2791 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Dell Computer Corporation A05, 12/02/03
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)"
User Name RICHARD-TU54SYM\Owner
Time Zone Eastern Daylight Time
Total Physical Memory 1,024.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 299.39 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 2.40 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys
thats the whole configuration on my present computer. thanks everybody

Post Sat Oct 20, 2007 10:08 am

It depends on how many memory slots you have now and what sort of memory is already present. Look inside your case or have someone who knows computers look inside, and figure out what you can expand your memory to.

Post Sat Oct 20, 2007 10:28 am

i have two memory slots . i started off with 512 then i bought another 512 and i put it in my self . i know enough about conputers but the thing is i want more power meaning ram and the guy at dell told me that i can only have one gig. now i want to know what do i have to do . do i have to change the mother board or the processer its intel 4 chip

Post Sat Oct 20, 2007 10:48 am

i know i problably need a new mother board with 4 slots

Post Sat Oct 20, 2007 11:59 am


Features of Dell Dimension 2400 (Pentium 4 2.2GHz, 256MB RAM, 80GB HDD, XP Home)
You won't find Intel's new 865 (a.k.a. Springdale) chipset in Dell's budget Dimension line, but the Dimension 2400's performance still improves over that of the Dimension 2350. (For a speedy 800MHz frontside bus and support for dual-channel 400MHz memory, you'll have to shop for a system from Dell's Dimension 4600 line.) The Dimension 2400 uses the Intel 845GV chipset, which offers speedier subsystems than the Dimension 2350's 845GL chipset does: the frontside bus increases from 400MHz to 533MHz and supports faster 333MHz DDR memory, up from 266MHz. The motherboard supports up to 1GB of memory and both Celeron and Pentium 4 processors. Our test system had a 2.4GHz Pentium 4 processor, 256MB of memory, and a 7,200rpm 30GB hard drive, which Dell has since replaced with a 40GB model for the same price.


If funds are available, I would look to upgrade. 2gb ram is a must these days, and as it has no AGP slot, you cant add that type of card to it. On the whole, it looks a few years old. Can you pop for a newer one, or are you looking to bukld yourself?

Post Sat Oct 20, 2007 12:11 pm

What Finalday said.

You may as well gut the box of what you can salvage, sell what you can't, and upgrade. Go to like newegg.com or zipzoomfly.com and price yourself out a dual core econobox with 2 gigs of RAM and make yourself a happy camper.

You'll need to buy a copy of XP Pro as I don't think your Dell XP Home licence is transferrable to your new computer.

If you don't want to build your system yourself, check out things like this link:

Refurbed desktops on Newegg

Edited by - Hahukum Konn on 10/20/2007 1:14:04 PM

Post Sat Oct 20, 2007 12:13 pm

i asked some question on dells support the support program say i can install 2 gigs of ram and i have 2 slots so i am going to wait to see what dell has to say . then i will probly buy 2 one gig cards and ditch my 512 s

Post Sat Oct 20, 2007 12:51 pm

Depend on if your motherboard is original, and if it is, acording to the spects, it can't take more than 1gb ram.

Post Sat Oct 20, 2007 1:00 pm

It's easy to upgrade to 1 gig ram boards if you know where to shop.
(That would give you a total of 2 gig ram)

As long as it's compatable...it doesn't have to cost you an arm.
I upgraded mine to only 1 gig about 2 years ago..and that's more than
enough for all my Freelancer applications.
I have a custom built pc with 1 gig ram, a pretty decent nVidia Card
and an Athelon64 for more graphic intensive applications. It handles Freelancer
like it was nothing and I use it to play Guild Wars.
I might upgrade it to 2 gig ram when I feel like it.

Really, imho there aren't too many applications that's going to take up
2 billion (2 gig) in ram.

It's even possible to upgrade to a terabyte in storage quite easily.

Post Sat Oct 20, 2007 2:02 pm

yeah ok im going to look into everything thanks for all the help when i am going to get some cash when the income tax check comes in . my ex wife said she would give me half of it.

Post Sun Oct 21, 2007 2:50 pm

ok guys i found a system let me know if i can play freelancer on this
SYSTEM COMPONENTS
XPS 210 Qty 1
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor E4400 (2MB L2 Cache,2.0GHz,800FS, Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition with re-installation CD Unit Price $1,319.00
Catalog Number: 29 DXCWPF4
Module Description Show Details
XPS 210 Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor E4400 (2MB L2 Cache,2.0GHz,800FS
Operating System Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition with re-installation CD
Memory 4GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz- 4DIMMs
Keyboard and Mouse Bundles Dell USB Keyboard and Dell Optical USB Mouse
Monitors 19 inch SE198WFP Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor
Video Cards Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3000
Hard Drives 320GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™
Floppy Drive and Media Reader No Floppy Drive Included
Mouse Mouse included with Keyboard purchase
Network Card Integrated Intel® PRO 10/100 Ethernet
Modem Integrated 56K Data / Fax modem
Adobe Software Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 8.1
Optical Drive 24X CD-RW/ DVD Combo Drive
Sound Cards Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
Speakers Dell AS501PA 10W Flat Panel Attached Spkrs for Analog Flat Panels
Office Productivity Software (Pre-Installed) No Productivity software pre-installed
Anti-Virus/Security Suite McAfee SecurityCenter with anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall, 15-months
Warranty & Service 1Yr In-Home Service, Parts + Labor, 24x7 Phone Support
Dial-Up Internet Access No ISP requested
Dell Digital Entertainment No Entertainment software pre-installed
Labels Windows XP™
DataSafe Online Backup Free 10GB DataSafe Online Backup for 1Year

TOTAL:$1,319.00

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Post Sun Oct 21, 2007 3:26 pm

Not bad, especially the possiblity of 4gb ram

Post Sun Oct 21, 2007 3:31 pm

Wow didn't know they still made them with XP OS. Thats great because I don't think I ever want anything with Vista.

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Post Sun Oct 21, 2007 3:53 pm

Internal graphics, eh? Considering the fact that FL is an older game, you should be able to play it without any problems. However, I'm not sure how well the PC will perform in higher resolutions such as 1600x1050 or 1600x1200, etc.

Post Sun Oct 21, 2007 4:02 pm

Yeah, watch-out for Intel integrated. Even the GMA950 is a bit weak compared to modern graphics chipsets so you should see about the ability to add-in a video card.

But for Freelancer it should be OK. I think I may have actually played FL on an i815E integrated chip, but don't quote me on that.
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