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How to upgrade a Dell Optiplex GX620?

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February 19, 2014 4:17:56 PM

I recently bought an Optiplex from ebay mainly to play a couple games on. I know pretty much nothing about computers. I put an asus gt630 graphics card in it but after installing a driver it blue screens after about 10 minutes. It has also been broken with a ntldr is missing error. that was mostly fixed but now everytime i turn it on it says sata drive is missing or something like that. and i have to press F1 to continue. So that being said i want to know if i can upgrade it. Im sure it is very much outdated. but i bought it because i could afford it. I just want it to be faster and play my games well. If anyone can actually help me you'll really have to dumb it down.
This is the sellers description for the computer(i reinstalled windows with a service pack 3 plus the graphics card are the only differences)

CPU: Intel Pentium 4 HT 660 3.6GHz Socket 775
2MB Cache
800 MHz Bus Speed
64-bit Technology
Intel 945 Express Chipset
Memory: 3GB DDR2
Hard Drive: 160GB SATA
Intel Graphic Media Accelerator 950 built-in Video
Built-in Sound Blaster emulation AC97 Audio
Media Drive: DVD+/-RW Drive
8 x USB2.0 port (2 front-panel and 6 back-panel)
2 x PCI Slot
1 x PCI Express
1 x 9-pin Serial connector
1 x 25-hole Parallel connector
1 x 15-hole Video connector
3 x audio connectors (line-in, line-out, and microphone; 2 front-panel for headphones, and microphone)
Fresh Windows XP Professional w/ SP3 installed
Microsoft Security Essentials Anti-Virus
Cyberlink PowerDVD DX 8.3
Windows XP Pro COA

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February 19, 2014 4:25:36 PM

How much did you pay for this?

Upgrades? Not really.
All the main parts work together within a generation. CPU, motherboard, RAM. Change one, and you really have to change all.
Ergo...building a new PC.

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February 20, 2014 12:22:32 PM

USAFRet said:
How much did you pay for this?

Upgrades? Not really.
All the main parts work together within a generation. CPU, motherboard, RAM. Change one, and you really have to change all.
Ergo...building a new PC.





That's what I was afraid of. I paid about 90 for it. Is it worth building a new one from it or should I just buy a different PC?
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February 20, 2014 12:39:08 PM

XautumndawnX said:
USAFRet said:
How much did you pay for this?

Upgrades? Not really.
All the main parts work together within a generation. CPU, motherboard, RAM. Change one, and you really have to change all.
Ergo...building a new PC.





That's what I was afraid of. I paid about 90 for it. Is it worth building a new one from it or should I just buy a different PC?


Keep that one exactly as it is. Maybe add a larger HDD, and use it for a daily/weekly backup device.

Any significant change to that requires changing almost everything. And with an old Dell, that probably includes changing the case...:ouch: 
So there is not much left to keep.

But....as a backup box to hold your personal stuff...that $90 spent will be priceless when you need it.
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February 20, 2014 1:58:27 PM

USAFRet said:
XautumndawnX said:
USAFRet said:
How much did you pay for this?

Upgrades? Not really.
All the main parts work together within a generation. CPU, motherboard, RAM. Change one, and you really have to change all.
Ergo...building a new PC.





That's what I was afraid of. I paid about 90 for it. Is it worth building a new one from it or should I just buy a different PC?


Keep that one exactly as it is. Maybe add a larger HDD, and use it for a daily/weekly backup device.

Any significant change to that requires changing almost everything. And with an old Dell, that probably includes changing the case...:ouch: 
So there is not much left to keep.

But....as a backup box to hold your personal stuff...that $90 spent will be priceless when you need it.



Crap lol. Thanks for your help :) 

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