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I want to upgrade my old Dell Dimension 2100

i want to upgrade my dell dimension 2100
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  1. It's Pentium III system. It's too old to be worth upgrading.

    Sorry.
  2. Well, you can keep the case, keyboard, mouse, & the monitor (if you're ok with a crt - for now -you can upgrade it later). But the interiors gotta go. I'll be posting in a little while.
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    You did'nt give a budget, but I'll try to keep it reasonably low.

    Ideally you should go with AMD, but I'll be giving you Intel options as well (seeing as you're happy with Intel - of course, back then Dell did'nt sell AMD).

    CPU : $ 63 only - AMD Athlon II X2 250

    Mobo : $55 only - ASUS M2N68-AM PLUS

    slightly more expensive option @ 70 bucks - MSI 785GTM-E45 AM3

    RAM : Go with any 2 X 1 GB thing by G-skill, A-Data, Corsair, Crucial, OCZ, Kingston (you don't need to worry about latency). I'll go with this $40 Mushkin 2 X 1 GB set.

    HDD : $55 only - Samsung spinpoint 500 GB

    PSU : $ 30 only - Corsair 400w.
    You can also choose Antec, XFX, etc & you won't need anything above 450.

    ODD : Go with Samsung / Sony /LG. I'll go with this $23 Sata LG DVD burner. The one you have is an IDE, & it's just a CD drive in any case.

    That should do it. Seeing as you were using the Dell Dimention, you probably wont need a discrete GPU anyways, but if you did, then this is the one for you for $46 only - Radeon HD 4650

    If you need a OS you need to spend $100 for Windows 7 HP 32 bit. You can also go with the 64 bit version, but i'd stick to the 32 bit because of possible driver compatibility issues with some older hardware that you might have lying around.

    If you change all your older hardware (webcam etc.), you might wanna go with the 64 bit. But then again you'll have to upgrade the RAM (costly!!!) 'coz for 64 bit, 2GB is the minimum req, & the recommended is 4, unlike the 32 GB version, for which the min. is 1 & the reco is 2.

    If you do decide to change the CRT monitor to LCD, go with a 20'', 16:9 one with minimum 50000:1 Dynamic Contrast ratio, 5 m/s refresh rate & 400 cd/m2. Below those specs, your screen will look washed out & fast moving objects will leave a trail behind. Stick to LG / Samsung etc.

    I'll go with this $140 LG 20'' monitor or if you wanna save a bit, go with this $130 Samsung 18.5''monitor

    It's only around $400 with OS & excluding monitor (which you can upgrade next year - maybe) & gfx card (you can make do with Integrated gfx for now). Of course if you can find some combo offers with these same / similar products, it might be even more cost effective.

    Happy computing :)
  4. Now for Intel ---

    CPU & Mobo combo deal : $ 109 only (seriously good offer,dude) - E5400 & Biostar G41 Chipset

    The rest of the stuff stays the same. Please post back as to which one you're gonna go for :)
  5. Best answer selected by kamody.
  6. Thanx kamody, I appreciate that. So what are your final system specs?
  7. Basically the case is the only thing worth saving. I had an old HP VL-420 system (P4 1.8ghz 1.5g RAM). The mobo with stock CPU cooler was actually low enough to fit under the PS. which swings in from above. Chucked the stock 145w ps in favor of the 250w HP supply. and this all worked pretty well to have around as an XP box in a small package.
    Used the old VL-420 case as a new home for an old Foxconn 925XE mobo (P4 3.80ghz 4gb ram Win 10x64) with a 350w Antec PS.
    Saving the old Antec tower from the Foxconn for the next time I get a wild hair to build a newer powerbox.
    Talk about shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic :)
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