Solved Gateway 702ge Upgrading and compatibility

July 25, 2011 at 11:30:33
Specs: Windows XP, 512
I would like to configure my Gateway 702ge with these specs http://support.gateway.com/s/PC/R/3...
I would Like to upgrade it with the following parts:
Intel Pentium E6700 Processor
Patriot Signature 1 GB PC-3200 DDR-400MHz (1)
Corsair Builder Series CX V2 430
EVGA GeForce GT 440 1024MB
I don't need an amazing system. Just something to make my computer last until April 08, 2014 :-)
All of these parts combined are just under 200$ Does this seem to be a decent price?My first post! Hope i am not breaking any laws

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#1
July 25, 2011 at 11:36:42
I don't know much about upgrading pc's, but where is the motherboard?

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#2
July 25, 2011 at 11:40:51
where? sorry but I am confused
My first time upgrading a computer

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#3
July 25, 2011 at 11:58:32
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You need to know which processors are supported by the Gateway motherboard. It's very possible that it only supports P4 or Pentium D CPUs. Unfortunately, the link you provided doesn't list any info about the board. But being that DDR RAM is listed rather than DDR2 or DDR3, it's unlikely the E6700 is compatible. And DDR2-667 definitely will NOT work. You'd be better off building a new system from scratch.

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#4
July 25, 2011 at 12:02:27
That was what I was thinking.

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#5
July 25, 2011 at 12:03:55
Thanks for catching the RAM issue. There isnt anything I can really do then
the real ram i was looking at was
Patriot Signature 1 GB PC-3200 DDR-400MHz
More than the socket has to be compatible
then. What all has to be compatible? or does it depend on the motherboard

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#6
July 25, 2011 at 12:06:27
You can't use that processor, your motherboard doesn't support it. You're stuck with a P4. That's the wrong ram. You can't use ddr2. Your system uses PC3200 DDR SDRAM. If you have 2 gigs already, the most I would run is 3. Gateway site says it supports 4 gigs, but your link says 2 gigs. A good power supply choice, but you don't need it unless you upgrade the graphics card which is pci-e, so your choices would be good. What do you want to do with the graphics, games etc?

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#7
July 25, 2011 at 12:14:26
IntelĀ® (South Lake) motherboard LGA 755 533 or 800 mhz
http://cgi.ebay.com/MOTHERBOARD-Gat...
I dont know how reliable that Ebay info is or what you need

I only have 2 512MB Ram chips. isnt the Patriot memory correct? I should edit the top post though
I was hoping to put a gt 440 in it


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#8
July 25, 2011 at 12:20:54
I Just want something to just be able to handle a fewer low intensity games like cod 4 and a few 3d CAD projects
The other thing I wanted to do was to extend the life of my computer by a few years. Am I stuck with the processor I have or is there any upgrade I can get.
Sadly I can only keep 2 IE pages open at a time with this ram

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#9
July 25, 2011 at 12:53:15
If, only 2 IE pages open, try ccleaner & other clean up utilities. Or do a fresh install of windows.
Defrag the drive etc

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#10
July 25, 2011 at 12:59:27
I have specifically used Ccleaner and a few programs and done everything from that list except a fresh install and want to aviod that if possible. How much does a gpu increase overall performance on an xp computer. Does it just improve videos and other programs (Flash) or the whole system
Any other suggestions (under 200$)

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#11
July 25, 2011 at 14:09:46
Your system is a dead-end for many reasons. For starters, the motherboard is BTX.

http://support.gateway.com/s/MOTHER...

FYI, BTX is a form factor design that Intel came up with several years ago that completely changed the motherboard & case layout. It never caught on & was basically over before it even started. Since you have a BTX case, you would have no choice but to get another BTX board. And just to give you an idea what they're worth, here's a brand new BTX motherboard for $6.50:

http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?in...

"I can only keep 2 IE pages open at a time with this ram"

RAM has nothing to do with it. XP performs decently with 1GB RAM as long as you don't have a bunch of garbage software installed & you practice regular "housekeeping". Or are you saying you only have 512MB with a portion of it being used by the crappy onboard video?

Are you running SP3 & IE8? Do you have IE tweaked for best performance or did you just accept the defaults? For instance, how many days are kept in History & how much disk space is used for History? Do you still have indexing enabled? Do you regularly defrag? Which anti-virus program do you have - McAfee? Norton? They're both resource hogs & will slow the system. Do you have a bunch of programs loading at startup - AIM, iTunes, Yahoo, Google, Microsoft Office, Windows Live, QuickTime, Realplayer, camera/scanner/printer software, etc? None of them need to pre-load, all will slow the system.


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#12
July 25, 2011 at 14:54:25
This is probably beside your point but if i bought that board could I upgrade the processor, but what else would I have to mess with. Yes i do have some programs like norton and stuff. I try to shut off every unnecessary in task manager. what would you suggest

edit yes i am running wxp sp3


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#13
July 25, 2011 at 15:12:05
NO, I am NOT suggesting you buy that board! I was trying to show you just how worthless BTX is.

If you insist on keeping the Gateway, invest as little money in it as possible. If you only have 512MB RAM, add a 1GB stick. Frys just had 1GB sticks of DDR400 for $10 after rebate but I'm not sure it they're still available. And while I agree adding a video card would be a good idea, I disagree with your choice. Try to stay within what your stock power supply can handle. Believe me, anything is better than the onboard GMA 900.

Here's a refurbed Radeon HD 4650 for just $37:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...


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#14
July 25, 2011 at 17:03:47
thank you everyone for being helpful and saving me 150$
if anyone has suggestions feel free to post them you have until i figure out how to close the post !

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