Solved How much does the upgrade cost?

November 24, 2016 at 08:55:08
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How much does the upgrade cost?
I need a desktop system to run Autodesk Revit with dual screens, and am investigating purchasing a Dell Desktop with a System Type X86-based PC.
Revit requires 6-bit system.
How much will it cost to upgrade a Dell 32-bit system to a 64-bit system?

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November 25, 2016 at 09:52:54
"The Dell I am looking at is a Dell Insprion 531"

It's roughly 10 years old so by computer standards, it's pretty much an antique. Worth about $50, if that.

http://www.computershopper.com/desk...

You just need to shop around a bit. Look at what less than $250 will get you:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

NOTE: I'm not necessarily suggesting you buy that specific computer, I just posted it as an example of what you can find for $250+/-. You'd have to add a video card to be able to run 2 monitors though. This card for $15 after rebate would do the job. The mounting bracket (included) would have to be changed due to the slim tower.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

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November 24, 2016 at 16:23:47
"How much will it cost to upgrade a Dell 32-bit system to a 64-bit system?"

Likely more than it would to just buy a new 64-bit system when hardware and software (specifically the OS) are considered. Few new systems are 32-bit anyway, so it would be prudent to just to make the plunge now for a 64-bit one.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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November 24, 2016 at 16:37:38
Decide whether you want a system that meets minimum, value, or performance requirements, then make sure to buy a PC that meets or exceeds those requirements:

https://knowledge.autodesk.com/supp...


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#3
November 25, 2016 at 06:35:42
If I had the $$$, I would do that. But since I don't and still need a Desktop System, I am reseaching on upgrading an existing one. So, you are saying you have never upgraded an existing desktop?

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#4
November 25, 2016 at 06:38:04
I am seeking the best. I just want to install the components into an existing good desktop. I don't have $1500+ to invest right now. But updating an existing system is possible. Have you ever upgraded an existing desktop?

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#5
November 25, 2016 at 08:22:27
Although I'm getting away from it, I've built & repaired computers for over 20 years. You gave us zero info about the computer you're considering other than it's a Dell "X86-based PC". If that means it has an x86 processor (32-bit), you cannot install a 64-bit version of Windows unless you upgrade the processor.

If you look at the requirements I posted & assuming you'd want a "Value: Balanced price and performance" system, your computer would need a multi-core x64 processor (i-series or AMD equivalent), 8GB RAM, & a graphics card that's DX11 capable & supports Shader 5. That means you will need a pretty modern PC.

Post the make/model of the Dell you're considering. I'm guessing it would be better to just buy a system than meets the requirements than to buy a cheaper low end model & then upgrading the components. Also, would you be able to do the upgrades yourself or would you have to pay someone?


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#6
November 25, 2016 at 08:39:46
"So, you are saying you have never upgraded an existing desktop?"

If the question is directed towards me, and you're asking whether I've ever upgraded a 32-bit machine to a 64-bit machine, the answer would be no. In fact, I've not majorly upgraded any machine in several years due to the price/pitfalls of upgrading vs. buying a system new. Since the early 2000's, a major upgrade doesn't make economic sense. There have been many upgrades in the sense of adding memory, peripherals and such...but given the fact that a major upgrade such as you describe not only includes Motherboard, CPU, RAM, O/S, it also likely means graphics, HDD, and power supply need upgrading as well---thus there's little reason to invest that kind of money vs. buying new. Many new 64-bit desktops can be had for under $400 (sans monitor). Whether or not they meet your requirements depends what you require (see riiders link above).

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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November 25, 2016 at 09:24:16
Thanks!
I am not a computer geek and do not have $1700+/- to invest in a new system.
The Dell I am looking at is a Dell Insprion 531, System type x86-based, with a AMD Athlon(tm) 64 x 2 Dual Core Processor 5000+ , 2600 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s).
I have never replaced RAM in a desktop. If they system is capable, Is it hard and/or expensive?

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#8
November 25, 2016 at 09:30:46
Double Thanks!!!
64 bit systems under $400, sounds interesting.
I need to run Autodesk Revit. Architectural Designs are greedy for space and needs the fastest affordable CPU I can afford.
Specs: CPU Type: Multi-Core Intel Xeon, or i-Series processor or AMD equivalent with SSE2 technology.
Autodesk Revit software products will use multiple cores for many tasks, using up to 16 cores for near-photorealistic rendering operations.

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#9
November 25, 2016 at 09:49:45
"I am not a computer geek..."

Then we can assume that you'd be paying someone to do the upgrade, should you go that route. This would add to the expense of the aforementioned hardware upgrades.

"64 bit systems under $400, sounds interesting."

That would be a starter system. If you're committed to Dell, then I'd recommend starting with their link here (assuming you've not already seen this):

http://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/cate...

If your looking for something with more than 8GB of RAM, then $400 isn't even close. Only you can decide what is right for your needs and budget.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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November 25, 2016 at 09:52:54
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"The Dell I am looking at is a Dell Insprion 531"

It's roughly 10 years old so by computer standards, it's pretty much an antique. Worth about $50, if that.

http://www.computershopper.com/desk...

You just need to shop around a bit. Look at what less than $250 will get you:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

NOTE: I'm not necessarily suggesting you buy that specific computer, I just posted it as an example of what you can find for $250+/-. You'd have to add a video card to be able to run 2 monitors though. This card for $15 after rebate would do the job. The mounting bracket (included) would have to be changed due to the slim tower.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

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