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Dimension 3000 upgrades HELP PLEASE!

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HI, I've recent l thought to upgrade my dimension 3000 (took long enough) and I bought 2 1gb sticks of Ram (corsair) and an ATI radeon 9200 graphics card. I installed them both correctly (I think) however there is a few problems. First of all the computer would boot up fine but when i went to play a game (age of empires 3) it would crash to desktop (it would only do this when gameplay had started) so I thought the power was the problem. So i removed the card and uninstalled the drivers. Then I got the problem that every application that I was trying to run would be forced to shut down soon after opening (visual basic, internet explorer). So I removed the new ram and put the old ones (2, 256mb) back in and everything was fine again. Why where these problems happening and how to a go about sorting them out because i'm really strapped for cash at the min and buying these upgrades has pushed me far enough as it is. 

Cheers in advance for any help/advice you can give

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