ok so im using a old beater of a computer its a dell dimension 8300 with following specs:
pentium 4 2.60 GHz
130GB of older hard drives(one 100 and one 30)
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200
Basically I want a new computer, but I dont have the money to drop on what I want. So Im wondering if I can buy any parts for it now and put them in this computer and slowly pick them up then throw it all together when I get enough to buy it all.
Just Curious if any parts will even work in this older model and if so which ones would be the best to buy to see the biggest improvement right away.
Honestly, if you want to just keep the existing machine alive a little longer, you should go to 2GB of RAM and get one of the new-generation AGP graphics cards like the HD 4650 or HD 4670.
But understand that'll probably cost you in the neighborhood of $150, and that machine will still be just barely passable. If you can save up $250-$300 you can probably get a used Core 2 system that will be much better than anything you can do with your existing machine.
That's what I would do. I would NOT want to keep a P4 machine as my main computer.