Looking at this, where is the best place to upgrade? Unfortunately my old processor is a AMD Athlon and I don't want to have to buy a new motherboard so processor may be out. I have a 164 GB hard drive and 2x2GB RAM that may be useful. I also was thinking to upgrade their Windows XP to Windows 7. Is this a lost cause without upgrading the processor? Any ideas where the greatest bottleneck is so I can improve their system even if I don't use old components?
I can't tell much from what you posted. I would bet though that it would be more trouble to try to get even the 164GB HDD into that Dell than it is worth. If the Dell is still running I would just leave it alone.
I would be the RAM in the Dell is single channel and the RAM you have is dual. I would also be that changing out the HDD would cause the Dell to have booting issues due to the correct drivers not being present. I think the Dell has 512RAM now, is that right?? I don't know how XP would react to 512 RAM - it might be sluggish. Is Dell running Win98??