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Old Dell Dimension XPS T600r -- worth upgrading for kids?

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March 25, 2006 6:28:46 PM

I'm getting ready to build a computer for myself (thanks for lots of advice) and want to give our old Dell to the kids -- if it can be saved. It is struggling to multitask (not that the kids need to run more than one game, but just the background anti-virus & anti spyware stuff is enough to kill it). My kids are 6 and Zoo-Tycoon is about the most elaborate game they play now -- but I have to tweak monitor settings on my SyncMaster 152N to get another game to play (some barbie thing that requires direct x). I haven't looked at the motherboard in years -- and can't remember how much RAM it can take... Had planned to give them an old CRT monitor as well.

Here is some system info -- is anyone out there familiar w/these enough to know if it's worth upgrading? Worth putting in a new motherboard & video card? Keeping costs down would be nice -- need as much $$ as I can for the new one! I'd appreciate any advice. Thanks. mcaren

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
System Manufacturer Dell Computer Corporation
System Model XPST600
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 6 Model 8 Stepping 1 GenuineIntel ~598 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Intel Corp. 4S4EB2X0.10A.0029.P09, 2/8/2000
SMBIOS Version 2.1
Total Physical Memory 384.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 79.96 MB
Name NVIDIA RIVA TNT2 Model 64/Model 64 Pro
Adapter Description NVIDIA RIVA TNT2 Model 64/Model 64 Pro
Adapter RAM 32.00 MB (33,554,432 bytes)
March 25, 2006 6:55:25 PM

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I'm getting ready to build a computer for myself (thanks for lots of advice) and want to give our old Dell to the kids -- if it can be saved. It is struggling to multitask (not that the kids need to run more than one game, but just the background anti-virus & anti spyware stuff is enough to kill it). My kids are 6 and Zoo-Tycoon is about the most elaborate game they play now -- but I have to tweak monitor settings on my SyncMaster 152N to get another game to play (some barbie thing that requires direct x). I haven't looked at the motherboard in years -- and can't remember how much RAM it can take... Had planned to give them an old CRT monitor as well.

Here is some system info -- is anyone out there familiar w/these enough to know if it's worth upgrading? Worth putting in a new motherboard & video card? Keeping costs down would be nice -- need as much $$ as I can for the new one! I'd appreciate any advice. Thanks. mcaren

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
System Manufacturer Dell Computer Corporation
System Model XPST600
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 6 Model 8 Stepping 1 GenuineIntel ~598 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Intel Corp. 4S4EB2X0.10A.0029.P09, 2/8/2000
SMBIOS Version 2.1
Total Physical Memory 384.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 79.96 MB
Name NVIDIA RIVA TNT2 Model 64/Model 64 Pro
Adapter Description NVIDIA RIVA TNT2 Model 64/Model 64 Pro
Adapter RAM 32.00 MB (33,554,432 bytes)



You won't be able to find a motherboard for what I'm guessing is a Pentium 3. So I'd say to build your kids a cheap Sempron system, keeping the floppy drive and optical drives.
March 25, 2006 7:00:13 PM

yep all you need to do is buy some more ram to replace the stuff you have . like 512 would be enough to run the game , and the video card could be upgrades to a min 0f 128mb but 256mb cards are just a tiny bit more expensive you also have to work out what your agp slot takes IE is it agpx4 or agp x8, if its only x4 then a 256mb card may not run at its full speed of x8

doing my maths quick you have a 128mb stick and a 256mb stick total 384mb.


replace the 128 with a 512mb and add the 256mb as well to give you a total of 768mb of ram. thats enough for them type of games please make sure you get the correct type
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March 25, 2006 7:53:52 PM

Format the hard drive, and reinstall Windoze, and you'll see much better performance. More RAM couldn't hurt, though.
March 25, 2006 9:00:45 PM

not really good for games made today, but you might be able to play a game like warcraft III on it. try install whatever games they have on it and see how it runs.
the memory is probably sdram and new mobo's dont use that anymore.
you could just keep that computer on the side for your kids to play around with. It is enough for internet and whatever the average person does on their computer.
March 25, 2006 9:08:52 PM

I'm guessing its a P3 600 which came with ME or 98SE? I would take XP off that system and save $100 on the new system. A P3 600MHz with 384mb ram is fine with ME or 98SE for those tycoon games.
August 3, 2008 7:40:51 PM

Well, you can always save this pc and install Linux.

Otherwise if you need windows, I would have to agree on removing the important parts from the computer (like the cd drive maybe, that's it) and build a new cheapo pc. Amd has good parts for that plus you can add a 9600gso later on if you get the budget.

good luck!
August 4, 2008 3:09:54 PM

As a couple of other people have suggested, just maxing out your RAM and throwing in a better vid card would probably be plenty for your needs. Just make sure that you get the correct RAM and GPU socket. Run CPU-Z and post the results so we can better help you.

Or you could put together a new dirt-cheap rig:
AMD Athlon 64 LE-1600 2.2GHz 1MB L2 = $35
ECS NForce6M-A(3.0) AM2+/AM2 GeForce 6100/nForce 430 = $40 (after MIR)
OCZ Platinum Rev2 2x1GB DDR2 800 = $20 (after MIR)
Sapphire HD2600XT = $30
WD Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160GB SATA 3.0b/s = $44
Antec Basiq BP-350B 350W = $20
Rosewill R6AR6-BK Mid Tower Case = $40 (w/ free shipping)

That's less than $230 (after MIR and before tax & shipping). By today's standards most of that stuff is pretty ancient. But it'll scream in comparison to what you have now. And it's better than the antique I'm using now, and I can play stuff like Half-Life 2, Team Fortress 2, and Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind all at 1280x720 with medium-high settings. So it'll have plenty of power to run the games your kids will be playing.
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