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Help deciding whether to update dell optiplex gx270

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June 30, 2011 6:40:00 AM

Hello,
I have a dell optiplex gx270, small desktop tower & the following specs: Pent 4 2.4Ghz, Kingston 2 1G pc2700 184-pin dimms, 82865G Integrated Graphics Controller, an Intel 865G chipset, running a Compaq v700 crt w/ the o.s. Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat). It has a 150W ps that I'm told can't be upgraded due to the system tolerances. I don't play any 3D games or mmprpg's or high-rendering-need games. I just play FB Playfish/Zynga games. They are ALL SO SLOW. Dialog boxes appear frame by frame & when I try to drag an image, after the mouse stops moving the image keeps going .. I've looked all over the 'net but can't seem to find anyone who's posted a satisfactory solution to the problem Buying a new, cheap system, has been my optimal choice but if I can just install an agp card (best suggestion I've found is the ati radeon 9200se, 128m but there's no consensus as to it's use in my case since it's not a lp card & there's a history of issues w/ ATI cards & linux) it would be great since a new comp means my son buying it in the States the shipping it to me in El Salvador. Any help?

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June 30, 2011 2:08:50 PM
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2.4 gig P4, 150watt PSU.. not worth spending any money on that. Put the money towards a new PC or at least a used faster system with a PCIe slot. You can get complete systems with decent video cards for $200 in the US on craigslist.
July 1, 2011 5:17:53 AM

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July 1, 2011 5:22:36 AM

hang-the-9 said:
2.4 gig P4, 150watt PSU.. not worth spending any money on that. Put the money towards a new PC or at least a used faster system with a PCIe slot. You can get complete systems with decent video cards for $200 in the US on craigslist.


Thanks, Hang,

It was the ans I was expecting. I've been searching for poss solutions to this poor workhorse but the nag can go no further, is as far as I got. Talking my son into it was a diff story. As most "boys" do, he was skeptical that my machine had reached it's end of utility but at least now I have another "boy" saying same ... *sigh* .. males & their moms .. I swear. :love: 
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