okay... there are a number of things you can do to improve performance, including getting a faster hard drive (thinggies load faster), getting more ram (less swapping so your system runs more efficiently) and a better cpu.
regarding your CPU, the best method is:
A. find out the make and model of your motherboard.
B. go to the manufacturers website, seach for your product and find out what speed processors will work in it.
C. go shopping for the fastest/most affordable upgrade that will work.
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Hopefully, your board will be one that supports 133MHz FSB, but something tells me you probably have an OEM system, or Intel board, that won't allow it. Also, your CPU can't be overclocked much, you would need a new one.
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You have a P3 Katmai processor like me (I've got a 600 Mhz on one computer). Like Crashman said, it's not really overclockable unless you push the FSB up (which you could do since you have a BX chipset). But be aware that other components might not take such a beating.
There's many upgrade possibilities, but like it was said, we need a price range.
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For $100 get ElitegroupK7S5AL + Duron 1 GHz. Then you may use your SDRAM-modules and later may replace it with DDR (this mobo supports both).If you can sell your old mobo, CPU and videocard, you may buy new videocard.You may also by a newest versions with 333MHz chipset (KT333 or SIS745) at the same price, but then you must buy also DDR modules (and try selling your SDRAM).
You know my personal opinion on this? It just ain't worth to think of upgrading this Dell box anymore, either entirely, or just piece by piece. Just consider a new system, and transfer your Dell's PCI and AGP stuff into it, along with the hard drive if needed, but IMO you're at a point where even special upgrade components like the ones Crashman deals with are less beneficial and next to useless. Had it been a Coppermine, maybe Crash's recommendations would be much more feasible, but hereon, you'd best get a new system. But that's IMO.
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Unfortunately you may just have jumped the gun. Some of the Dell cases use their own proprietary motheboard and power supply designs. Its not quite atx spec. You may have to modify both your case and your power supply (or get new ones) just to get whatever board you buy to work.
You have at least to buy a new power supply. For this CPU (if you haven't many drives) 250W is enough, but you may buy 300W or above.
Second, I have no idea if the mobo will fit in your case. Go to the Elitgroup site and find the size of the mobo. You may either buy a smaller mobo (usually with less PCI and DIMM slots) or buy a new case. A new case with at least 300 W power supply is $20-22 here in Bulgaria. You could find a 16$ case, but it's with 230W. These cases are Chinese and some of them are not very reliable. But for $30 there are better cases.