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Need help on upgrading (if possible) dell dimension 3000

This is my first time using a forum so i don't what I'm doing but anyways, I have a dell dimension 3000 and I want to turn it into a gaming pc I don't have much but $120 yeah it's not much but I'm just looking to upgrade it so that I can at least play Team Fortress 2, Killing floor, left for dead 2, at least at medium settings or High if it's possible please reply thanks :)
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  1. What resolution are you planning to run at?
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    Dell Dimension 3000 + $120 = $120 wasted.

    Seriously.
    It's a decade old PC. Low end when it was brand new. There is nothing you can buy or do to that to make a 'gaming machine'.
  3. It is about 10 year old technology and too old to upgrade it to play modern games since it only supports PCI graphics cards and not PCI-E. You should continue to save your money until you can buy a newer system. To give you an idea: I have a socket 775 Q6600 paired with a HD 6870 that can play Just Cause 2 on High settings on a 1050p monitor. You don't need a new system, just a newer one with a decent graphics card.
  4. From NukaColaHunter:


    You could do crazy stuff but it would be better to get a case with more upgrade options and better airflow. You can get a new case for $20 after rebate that would be better. A used socket 775 motherboard & Q6600 CPU and 4 gb of at least PC6400 memory should cost no more than $120. You may be able to find a good used graphics card on craigslist or elsewhere that will meet you gaming and budget needs. For example today someone listed a GTX 650ti 2 gb for $60 on my local craigslist. You will then need to purchase a new PSU (recommended) to meet the power requirements of your system and graphics card. If you take your time and get sales and good deals you can piece together a cheap budget gaming system.

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  5. rehed21 said:


    You could do crazy stuff but it would be better to get a case with more upgrade options and better airflow. You can get a new case for $20 after rebate that would be better. A used socket 775 motherboard & Q6600 CPU and 4 gb of at least PC6400 memory should cost no more than $120. You may be able to find a good used graphics card on craigslist or elsewhere that will meet you gaming and budget needs. For example today someone listed a GTX 650ti 2 gb for $60 on my local craigslist. You will then need to purchase a new PSU (recommended) to meet the power requirements of your system and graphics card. If you take your time and get sales and good deals you can piece together a cheap budget gaming system.


    So, from what you suggest:
    Different case
    Different motherboard
    Different CPU
    Different RAM
    Different GPU
    Different PSU

    How is that just not a whole new PC. And will not fit within $120.
    Oh...I forgot...new OS to go along with that.
  6. USAFRet is correct in that it would be a new computer to you once it is all built. I understand budget issues which is why I am recommending new/used components over time as you can afford them. You could also purchase a complete new or used computer when your budget allows. The main point is that it is not a wise use of your money to upgrade your current computer.
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