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My dad currently has an Athlon x2 4400 dell computer with a 2gb of ddr2 ram.

What are my options for some cheap upgrade so his computer can run a bit faster? Or this computer is too outdated?

If i do upgrade, i am leaning toward of getting more ram for faster loading but is the cpu just way too old?

On a side note, what is athlonx2 equal to in intel? Idk about amd much, so is athlon x2 like pentium D while phenomx2 is like c2d?

thank you all
Edited by lazi punk - 7/23/11 at 8:42pm
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run speccy and/or cpuz so we know the mb so we can see what cpus it supports

Unfortunately no overclocking. Most likely you'd need a entire new rig
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thanks for the reply. Even if the board supports other amd cpu, what would be the best and cheapest option??

maybe 3gb of ram would make a little difference?
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Given that its a x2 4400 It might support up to a x2 6000+, if the PSU can handle a 125watt CPU. Is his x2 4400 rated at 2.2ghz or 2.3ghz?

I would recommend getting ahold of the model number of the PC, and check if the board has any BIOS updates, though I doubt a PC manufacturer would release a BIOS update to support newer CPUs.
Edited by Bryst - 7/23/11 at 8:56pm
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Given that its a x2 4400 It might support up to a x2 6000+, if the PSU can handle a 125watt CPU. Is his x2 4400 rated at 2.2ghz or 2.3ghz?

I would recommend getting ahold of the model number of the PC, and check if the board has any BIOS updates, though I doubt a PC manufacturer would release a BIOS update to support newer CPUs.
its rated at 2.3 ghz

on a side note, just did some google and seems athlon x2 is on par with pentium d? I dont remember my pentium D being this slow... haha
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What's the ram usage like on the most intensive tasks run on the computer? the simplest way to increase performance for an average user is more ram but only of course if the ram is being fully used up. CPU upgrade on the machine is probably a waste of money as it is still a reasonable pc for most people and it can last a bit longer since you would need to buy a whole new pc to upgrade besides adding more ram.

A clean up of the OS and boot partition/drive is probably going to yield you the most "performance" increase for a non gaming/benching pc.

It all depends what the pc is being used for.
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Is it a Dimension E521?
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its rated at 2.3 ghz

on a side note, just did some google and seems athlon x2 is on par with pentium d? I dont remember my pentium D being this slow... haha
Im going to say that unless your father (or parents) are tech savvy theirs probably alot of clutter and junk slowing down your operating system.
Edited by Bryst - 7/23/11 at 9:21pm
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What's the ram usage like on the most intensive tasks run on the computer? the simplest way to increase performance for an average user is more ram but only of course if the ram is being fully used up. CPU upgrade on the machine is probably a waste of money as it is still a reasonable pc for most people and it can last a bit longer since you would need to buy a whole new pc to upgrade besides adding more ram.

A clean up of the OS and boot partition/drive is probably going to yield you the most "performance" increase for a non gaming/benching pc.

It all depends what the pc is being used for.
mostly office work and some accounting application like quickenbook or UPS app or some MS office.

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Is it a Dimension E521?
I will have to get back with you, i dont live with him.

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Im going to say that unless your father (or parents) are tech savvy theirs probably alot of clutter and junk slowing down your operating system.
I do monthly cleaning up for him so I dont think his comp is bloated..
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Im going to say that unless your father (or parents) are tech savvy theirs probably alot of clutter and junk slowing down your operating system.
my thoughts exactly. My 3800x2 is pretty snappy in my living room at 2.0ghz
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