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Budget Upgrade for my 2004 Dimension 4700

Last response: in Systems
July 28, 2009 6:06:03 PM

High im a regular lurker first time poster and the reason im here is to ask about upgrading my old Dell Dimension 4700. The components are pretty standard and also out dated here they are:

Processor P4 Prescott
Processor speed 3000 MHz

Amt of RAM 512 MB (max 2048 MB)

Motherboard chipset Intel 915G

Graphics card ATI Radeon X300 SE
Amt of video RAM 128MB

Hard drive 160 GB (7200 rpm)
Interface Serial ATA
Other drives included DVD/CD-RW combo drive

Modem and Networking
Modem included? 56k PCI data/fax modem
Networking Integrated Fast Ethernet 10/100

PCI slots (free) Total: 2 PCI slots, 1 PCIe x 1 Slot, 1 PCIe x 16(graphics) Slot
Ports 8 x USB 2.0 ports (2 front, 6 back), DVI out, VGA out, TV-out, Ethernet, modem, front headphone jack, serial port, parallel port, 2 x PS/2

it's a standard home model thats showing its age and has slowed considerably and I want to know if its possible to upgrade it to be more of a multi-media PC for school work with the possibility of casual gaming which include Starcraft 2, Diablo 3, WoW, Left4dead, half life Etc...

My expected budget is 800 dollars give or take barring school expenses and salary and I intend to keep the monitor, keyboard and mouse. Do you think you can help me or should I invest in a new computer?

P.S. I read the rules and am sure this is the right forum to put it in based off other questions I have found here, if not feel free to move it.0

a b B Homebuilt system
July 29, 2009 11:54:17 AM

With a budget of $800 dollars dump the 4700 and buy or build yourself something a bit more modern.
a b B Homebuilt system
July 29, 2009 2:02:04 PM

Just minus off that LCD below and you good to go for $639 :p  Even less if you intend to reuse your HDD/ODD hehe
a b B Homebuilt system
July 29, 2009 4:43:57 PM

$800 can get you a very nice computer.

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $59.95

AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor - Retail

ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $204.99 - $15.00 MIR (CPU + motherboard combo)

Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PVS34G1600LLK - Retail $94.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail $119.99 - $10.00 MIR

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM (Includes free Windows 7 updrade coupon) $154.98 (HD + OS combo)

SAPPHIRE 100259L Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $134.99 - $10.00 MIR

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - OEM $26.99

Total - $796.88 - $35.00 MIR's

The crossfire capable motherboard and 750W PSU make this computer ready for any future upgrades including adding another GPU in crossfire if needed later.