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Old Computer Upgrade: Graphics + Memory. Opinions?

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August 19, 2009 5:13:28 PM

Couldn't really find the right forum here, so I guess this one applies.

Hi,

I'm running Ubuntu on a Dell GX260 I got for $30. However, it has just stock components and although Ubuntu runs ok, it definitely needs a jump in performance. Right now it is a Pentium 4 running @ 2.4GHz, 256MB DDR RAM, and 845G intergrated graphics. It has an open AGP slot, and an open RAM slot...so....

I want to be able to run Compiz graphics, have some widgets, maybe something from Stardock. That is fairly graphically intensive..so...

Can I be running a very fast/capable system with:

- Pentium 4 2.4GHz
- Nvidia GeForce 6200
- 1.25 GB of RAM?

Upgrades will cost about $60-70, and I am in no market for a new computer.

Thanks. Just looking for opinions or anything else that could be added.
August 19, 2009 6:04:03 PM

Oh right thanks. I almost forgot about the adapter. I just found an Elitegroup one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have an old DVI to VGA adapter that came with my old FX5500 for another computer. So, Ill just plug that into the DVI and hopefully we'll get a nice picture.

Thanks.
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August 19, 2009 6:05:48 PM

Worst case .... Just get a dye cutter and get that 6200 and snip the damn thing off. Its in a GX260 ne ways its not like its much to look and ne way lol.
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August 19, 2009 6:17:13 PM

Thats what I was thinking before. Just make it easier and buy a $4 bracket that looks pretty neat anyway.
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August 20, 2009 1:42:04 AM

Any other thoughts before I do this?
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