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What upgrades could I make on my Dell Dimension 9200

I was wondering if I could upgrade anything on my computer to be able to run games better. I was told that the motherboard limits me to a lot of things.

Specs:

Dell Dimension 9200
Q6600
4GB(4x1GB)PC5300
750GB
X-Fi xtrememusic
8800GTX
600watt PSU
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simsjrgCommented:
Hmm well the 965 chipset supports up to 8GB of memory. As long as you are running the most current BIOS Rev. and you are running an x64 OS then you can try to upgrade to 8GB. What else are you looking to upgrade?
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Vince GlissonOwnerCommented:
What is the OS, that would also determine the memory max?
 
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fsasotaAuthor Commented:
I'm running Vista x64. I'm not looking into getting more RAM, but a faster one maybe.
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Vince GlissonOwnerCommented:
Faster ram would be an option but with what you have i think you would not notice the difference in speed.
More memory would however be noticeable and would be a better solution.
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willcompCommented:
For gaming, adding memory probably won't improve performance much, if any. P965 chipset boards are very picky about memory. DDR2-800 is the limit and memory must be 1.8V with accurate SPD information to ensure reliability and/or functionality. If you do decide to replace memory -- which I don't recommend -- This memory has worked well in P965 systems I've built: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211188

That's a decent PC, what exactly are your concerns?
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fsasotaAuthor Commented:
I can play games on pretty high settings, but they tend to chug.
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fsasotaAuthor Commented:
Would a newer video card give me a noticeable improvement?
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Vince GlissonOwnerCommented:
Yes a good vid card will improve the "chug".
What game is it that "chugs" on you
 
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willcompCommented:
Once again, the 8800GTX is a decent video card. Are you positive that's the card installed?
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jamietonerCommented:
The only thing I can see to noticably improve gaming performance would be to get a GTX 295, but you'll probably have to upgrade the power supply or get a supplementary power supply.
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PCBONEZCommented:
This is only a concern if your card is NOT actually a 8800 GTX as you believe.
8800 GTX uses the G80 chip.

Cards with nVidia G84, G86, G92 and G94 chipsets are supposedly defective.
http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/400/1038400/nvidia-g92s-g94-reportedly
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Considering for at least the G84 and G86 chips it's now at the point that Class Action Lawsuits have been filed against nVidia [and Dell and HP] I would tend to side with the reporter on the validity of their article.

If the card isn't a 8800 GTX then you can look up which cards got which chips in the chart on this page.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeForce_8_Series
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willcompCommented:
Yeah, I object -- since Object button is dead.  I'd like a piece of the pie on principle not because I need points.
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