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Old Dell PC Upgrade advice?

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February 5, 2012 5:51:56 PM

Hi :hello: 

I am thinking of upgrading the old family Dell computer.
I dont really have a budget since i only came up wih the idea yesterday.
Would it be worth spending money on upgrading it or will i save up for a new computer?

It wouldnt be used for major stuff,just some minor gaming and editing.
The computer runs okay but is slow and gets a blue screen sometimes.

What bits would need upgrading and how much would it cost?

Thanks for your time
-Dylan. :pt1cable: 

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February 5, 2012 5:58:30 PM

Well... we need a little more information, like the specs... or at least a model number.
February 5, 2012 6:17:05 PM

As zooted said, we need more information. From what I heard, It sounds like you'll be better of buying a whole new computer. You can get a fairly decent computer that is capable of gaming for around $450 (without OS) and if your HDD is a SATA HDD, then you'll be able to reuse it. I also would not upgrade a pre-built computer because it normally doesn't have anything that is upgradeable, and with Dell PCs, the older versions have different PSUs than what is the norm and if you do it wrong, it could destroy your computer.
This is my computer build for you that is capable of light gaming and editing:

CPU:
OPTION 1
AMD FX-4100 $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Despite some bad names about this CPU, it's a great CPU. It's extremely cheap for being a 4 core CPU and is PERFECT for a budget build.

OPTION 2
Intel i3 2120 $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is a great CPU. It is the i3 2100 with a 200Mhz extra stock clock.

Graphics: SAPPHIRE 100326DDR3L Radeon HD 6670 $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is a great graphics card for the budget build. It will output amazing performance at 1680x1050. It's great for your purpose.

MoBo:
For OPTION 1
ASUS M5A78L-M LX $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
A good board from ASUS and it supports the FX CPUs.

For OPTION 2
ASRock H61M-VS $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is a great board that has lots of features. It is a great budget board to go with.

PSU: Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D $54
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is a great PSU from a reliable company. 430W is more than enough for your system and chances are, the PSU can even output more than it says it does.

Case: NZXT Gamma $40
http://www.amazon.com/GAMMA-Classic-Interior-Chassis-Bl...
This is a great computer case. It was designed for a gaming computer and has lots of features. You won't find another case with the surplus of features similar to the Gamma at similar prices.

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD prices are through the roof nowadays, this is a relatively cheap HDD that is also from a reliable company.

RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB $22
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
4GB is more than enough for a light gaming and editing rig. Any more and you'll be overkilling the system. If you want, you can go with 8GB since it's so cheap, but I would stick with 4GB.

Heatsink+Fan: STOCK $0

DVD-ROM: LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X $18
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is a cheap, yet reliable, dvd burner. It should suffice you. If you watch Blu-rays or want to watch blu-rays, then you can go with a blu-ray drive instead.

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February 10, 2012 12:21:06 PM

sorry but the computer is over in my dads house so i dont know the specs/model number,ill see if my dad can get them
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