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 Post subject: Dimension C521
 Post Posted: Mon Oct 10, 2011 5:23 pm 
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We have a Dimension C521 basic setup that the wife uses for spreadsheets, recipes and photos and it's been slowing down over time. Other than getting another computer, are there any upgrades or other recommendations you guys would have?

Wife's C521:
AMD Sempron 3400 1.80 GHz
2 Dual In-line Memory Module, 1G 667M
Hard Drive, 160G, S2, 7.2K, 8M
Display, Flat Panel Display 22W, E228WFP
Vista Home Basic 32-bit

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 Post subject: Re: Dimension C521
 Post Posted: Mon Oct 10, 2011 5:39 pm 
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The most you will be able to do with it is upgrade the RAM to PC2-6400 1GB x 4 modules, for a total of 4GB 800MHz, or you can add 1x 2GB PC2-5300 to your existing set. The CPU can be upgraded to an Athlon 64 X2 6000+ 3.0GHz I believe, which is the best processor that system can support. That will be your highest gain in performance.

This would be the processor you can upgrade to, but you will have to find it somewhere else (most likely a used one on eBay):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6819103773

You can also upgrade the hard drive to a newer 250-500GB 7200RPM drive, and doing a clean installation of Windows will surely speed things up.

In total, you will probably spend about $100 or less for a pretty decent jump in performance.

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 Post subject: Re: Dimension C521
 Post Posted: Mon Oct 10, 2011 9:33 pm 
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A fresh install of Vista might also do wonders.

Oops! You already said that. :oops:

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 Post subject: Re: Dimension C521
 Post Posted: Tue Oct 11, 2011 6:13 pm 
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m3th0d1c4l wrote:
The most you will be able to do with it is upgrade the RAM to PC2-6400 1GB x 4 modules, for a total of 4GB 800MHz, or you can add 1x 2GB PC2-5300 to your existing set.


I think I'll start with the RAM and go from there. Any particular RAM brands you recommend? I've always bought complete systems in the past and I have no idea what to pick when it comes to individual components. :?

And thanks for the info on the processor & hard drive! :cool:

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 Post subject: Re: Dimension C521
 Post Posted: Tue Oct 11, 2011 9:40 pm 
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I would probably start with the processor myself actually, as that is going to give you the biggest jump in performance. For RAM, I recommend Corsair, Mushkin, Crucial, Kingston, and G.Skill. Those are the top brands for memory.

Two sets of either of these would do the trick for you:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820134117

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820148163

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 Post subject: Re: Dimension C521
 Post Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2011 12:57 am 
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If there's not that much to it, then I'll definitely upgrade the processor. While shopping for one, do I need to look for a particular model # or just go with the specs in the link you provided?

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2 x Radeon M88 XT 512MB HD 3870
2 x 2GB DDR3 @ 1067MHz
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 Post subject: Re: Dimension C521
 Post Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2011 3:13 am 
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Just the specs. Make sure it is the same socket as your motherboard (should be an AM2 socket, but double check to be sure), and also be sure the BIOS on your motherboard is the latest revision from the Dell website for your machine (should be BIOS 1.1.11 for your motherboard).

You will have to be able to clean the old thermal compound off your heatsink, and apply new compound to the new CPU and reinstall the heatsink. You can refer to the Dell manual for your machine on how to do remove and reinstall the heatsink and the CPU. But you will need to buy some new thermal compound (usually a few bucks at your local computer store). Use only a rice grain size amount on the new CPU.

Check out some youtube videos on installing heatsinks so you know how the thermal compound will spread and how you should apply it, etc.

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 Post subject: Re: Dimension C521
 Post Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 9:19 pm 
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Gotta love YouTube! I've been watching lots of videos on computer builds and checked out a few on thermal paste removal/installation...seems easy enough. Now I just need to get off my bung and gather the parts. Thanks for all your help & expertise! :bow:

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Intel Core 2 Q6600 Quad @ 2.5GHz
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4GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM @ 800MHz
2 x 250GB SATA 3Gb/s 7200 RPM HDDs
Dell E248WFP 24" Widescreen LCD
XP Professional

Alienware M17-R1 Laptop
Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 @ 2.53GHz
2 x Radeon M88 XT 512MB HD 3870
2 x 2GB DDR3 @ 1067MHz
Seagate 160GB 7200 RPM HDD
Vista Home Premium SP1


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 Post subject: Re: Dimension C521
 Post Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 10:36 pm 
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No problem buddy. :goodluck: with the upgrades and post back on how everything goes or if you run into any trouble.

And don't forget to update the BIOS to 1.1.11 (if not done so already) before you replace the processor with the new one. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Dimension C521
 Post Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2012 7:38 pm 
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After putting this project off for over 4 months fearing that I may screw up the wife's computer right before the holidays, I successfully replaced the stock CPU with an Athlon 64 X2 6000+ 3.0GHz today with no problems. This upgrade cost @ $65 (CPU & Arctic Silver) and maybe took me 45mins to complete. The computer is noticeably faster and can't wait for 'the boss' to get home & try it out. I'll probalby hold off on replacing the RAM for the time being.

Thanks to all of you guys for the info & support on these forums, and thank you m3th for the extra info & encouragement on this upgrade. :cool:

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EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti
4GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM @ 800MHz
2 x 250GB SATA 3Gb/s 7200 RPM HDDs
Dell E248WFP 24" Widescreen LCD
XP Professional

Alienware M17-R1 Laptop
Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 @ 2.53GHz
2 x Radeon M88 XT 512MB HD 3870
2 x 2GB DDR3 @ 1067MHz
Seagate 160GB 7200 RPM HDD
Vista Home Premium SP1


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 Post subject: Re: Dimension C521
 Post Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:22 pm 
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:cool: Great job!

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 Post subject: Re: Dimension C521
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:25 pm 
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Awesome! Glad it all worked out for ya man. :D Great job indeed!

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