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I was planning on building a new custom PC. However, the funds just aren't available at the moment for the rig I was going to build. Instead, I have decided to upgrade my current Dell 9200 as best as possible until that time comes. See below for the system specs. One thing to keep in mind. I am planning on purchasing the needed components in the next few hours, I have a Microcenter 2 miles away.

I plan on upgrading the memory as I only have 2 GB. I have the Win 7 Pro 64 bit version ready for a clean install (Mobo and CPU support 64 bit). Should I just buy 2 additional 1 GB sticks, or should I buy new 2x2GB sticks? RAM currently installed is DDR2 PC5300 / 667 Mhz. Is there a different type of RAM I should upgrade to that is compatible with this sytem?

Lastly, since I am going to be doing a fresh install I figured I might as well throw in an new HDD since the system is 4 years old. Is there a specific type of drive that is needed since this sytem is outdated?

Any other suggestions would be appreciated and thanks in advance!

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I cant see your motherboard but it probably supports up to ddr2 800 max.
You can try selling your 2gb ddr2 667 and buy 2 sticks of 2gb ddr2 800.

Or stick with the ddr2 667 you already have because thats not much of an upgrade, and add another 2 sticks of 1gb ram for dual channel.

In any case 4gb is enough for gaming and all applications. Only video editing would benefit from more than 4gb.

For the harddrive just get any 1TB or 500gb sataII 30mb cache.
If you plan on gaming, I would throw in a GTS 450, GTS250, HD4850 or HD5770.
that dell cant be overclocked so no sense in getting super fast video cards.
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Seagate 1TB Seagate 1TB Sony DVDRW stock 
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Windows 7 x64 BenQ E2220 1080p Seasonic M12II Evo 620W Coolermaster Elite 430 
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A4tech X7 710BH 
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AMD FX 6100 4.0 Ghz 6-core Asus M5A78L-MLX3 AM3+ Powercolor HD7730 1GB DDR5 16GB (2x8GB) Corsair Vengeance LP 1600 
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Mouse
A4tech X7 710BH 
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A8 7410 2.5Ghz Radeon R5 M335 2GB 4GB DDR3L 1 TB HDD 
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Thank you for the reply. With no responses yesterday I was left to fend for myself. I ended going with 4x1GB DDR2 800 speed sticks. Microcenter brand, they were only $17 each. I went with 800 because it was same price as 667 sticks I just had to buy 2 additional. Mircocenter recommending not adding 2 additional sticks to unknown latency.

I threw in a Samsung F3 for $60 and cleaned all the fans and cpu cooler. It seems to be running like a new machine. Not sure if thats due to the components I added or a fresh install of Windows, I've never done a fresh install up to this point so that could most of it.

I did however to forget to grab thermal paste as I wasn't planning on removing the cooler. I did accidentally when I thought I was just removing the shroud and the whole cooler came off. I just reinstalled as it was without new thermal paste and picked up some Artic Silver 5 today. I did monitor temps since I didn't reapply the thermal paste. It was running around 28C.
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