Monday, 17 November 2008
Upgrading Dell Desktop E521
(NOTICE: For the first time, ever since I made this website, I have received a donation from a generous person. I would like to say thank you very much to the person from my deep heart. Any questions regarding E521 and PCs, please don't hesitate to ask me. I will get back to you straight away. Thank you again.)
E521 and Myself.
Last year, I got this Dell Dimension E521. Until today, I was upgrading this Desktop to meet my standard. If you inspect carefully, the model of the Motherboard, CPU, and the Graphic card, they are bit old and not really designed for gamers. Not even designed for a mid range gamers or casual gamers who plays games that are out today I think. But this desktop can run most games that were out in 2003 and 2004 for sure. £600 sounds nice but not nice in terms of the performance especially if you have bought it with Windows Vista on it!. But it is well recommended for those of you who just want to Email, Web Surfing, watch movies and word processing.
Upgrading this Desktop is bit hard and a little time and money consuming. Let's see what we can do to bring this desktop to a true midrange to midrange (some fussy people might say Mid to low) desktop that is capable of playing modern Games more or less decently.
TABLE of CONTENTS:
1. About CPU
-Little note about AMD 6400+
-Little note about Brisbaine CPUs (AMD 5000+ BE and 6000+ Brisbaine)
-Choosing among the CPUs
-CPU Driver and Useful Softwares
-Overclocking the CPU
2. About Motherboard
-About Motherboard Heatsink
3. About CPU Heatsinks
-Option 1: Installing the stock Heatsink
-Option 2: Same Heatsink Model used in Optiplex
-Option 3: Installing Noctua NH-U9B
-Option 4: Installing Cooler Master Hyper TX CPU Cooler
4. Memory, RAM
-Why do we need a lot o RAMs
-How to install Rams
-How much RAMs can you put in E521??
-RAM Disk Configurations Part 1
-RAM Disk Configurations Part 2
5. Graphic Card
-Compatible Graphic Cards
-Installation of Graphic Cards (Updated. adding Double slot installations soon)
6. About Power Supply
-Choosing Compatible PSU
7. Hard Drive
-Which Hard drive is better?
-How much can you put in E521
-Caution before you install the new hard drive
8. Front Fan and Additional Fans
-Installing Front Fan
-Installing Additional Fans
9. Installing additional DVD drive
12. About my Webpage
-Thank you Mick!
-Thank you Toine!
13.Anti Virus Softwares