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Advice: Upgrading Desktop Computer

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6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
Hello fellow HUKD members,

I plan on upgrading the family desktop due to it being way overdue (coming to be 10 years old and surprisingly still running) - it is a Dell Dimension 8200 which currently has the following currently installed which I intend to upgrade:

1.8GHz Intel P4 Processor
512MB RDRAM (2x256MB Samsung Sticks)
nVidia GeForce 2 Ti200 64MB
Dell Stock 250W PSU

I have been reading and looking around online for components and was wondering if anyone could give a second opinion to the parts I've found so far. This is in regards to various concerns such as whether it is compatible to be installed and whether they are of a reasonable price (therefore whether I should consider looking elsewhere).

Here are the parts which I have found:

£19.41: Intel P4 2.4GHz Northwood 478 Socket 400Mhz FSB
£17.99: 512MB RDRAM (2x256MB sticks)
£38.50: PNY GeForce 6200 512MB AGP 4x/8x
£33.73: 400W PSU (Bought from abroad - hope to find a local and cheaper alternative tomorrow)

I have mainly used this to check for compatibility as well as reading around other people's accounts of upgrading their Dell Dimension 8200:
http://supportapj.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim8200/specs.htm

Unfortunately the option of simply buying a new desktop PC is not possible.

Thank you for reading and any feedback provided;
I look forward to hear everyone's responses.

Regards,
Scar
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6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
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Eight years old would be closer to the mark than ten, Northwood-based chips only started coming out in 2002.

Forget about the upgrade, it's a likely to be a waste of money. Replacing eight year old components with six year old ones won't do much except for some specific uses. You don't mention why you're upgrading but if it's for something like playing HD Video then the 'new' set of stuff isn't going to be any more capable of doing it than the old.

Also, what's the power ratings of the PSU rails and does it have the appropriate legacy connectors for your motherboard?

The only thing on your list that may help is the extra memory, but make sure your motherboard has two spare slots and your not going to run foul of any RDRAM requirements (as it's a lot more picky than DDR, I know it needs to be installed in matched pairs which you've got but I don't remember if there were any other requirements like matching speed or timings).

I assume you are using Windows 2000 or XP?

The other thing that may help is a new hard drive if yours is still the eight year old one. Obviously the new SATA ones won't be compatible but it may be worth picking up one of the last and fastest IDE ones made, assuming you've got the time and discs to reinstall windows and your programs on the new drive of course.

Although the bottom line is still that instead of spending £100 now you'd be far better saving up another £100 and getting a brand new desktop. Even one of the £150 dual-core atom based PCs will be better than your proposed upgrade in performance terms, although they too are poor value for money for a main PC.
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EndlessWaves
Eight years old would be closer to the mark than ten, Northwood-based chips only started coming out in 2002.

Forget about the upgrade, it's a likely to be a waste of money. Replacing eight year old components with six year old ones won't do much except for some specific uses. You don't mention why you're upgrading but if it's for something like playing HD Video then the 'new' set of stuff isn't going to be any more capable of doing it than the old.

Also, what's the power ratings of the PSU rails and does it have the appropriate legacy connectors for your motherboard?

The only thing on your list that may help is the extra memory, but make sure your motherboard has two spare slots and your not going to run foul of any RDRAM requirements (as it's a lot more picky than DDR, I know it needs to be installed in matched pairs which you've got but I don't remember if there were any other requirements like matching speed or timings).

I assume you are using Windows 2000 or XP?

The other thing that may help is a new hard drive if yours is still the eight year old one. Obviously the new SATA ones won't be compatible but it may be worth picking up one of the last and fastest IDE ones made, assuming you've got the time and discs to reinstall windows and your programs on the new drive of course.

Although the bottom line is still that instead of spending £100 now you'd be far better saving up another £100 and getting a brand new desktop. Even one of the £150 dual-core atom based PCs will be better than your proposed upgrade in performance terms, although they too are poor value for money for a main PC.


Thank you for the very comprehensive feedback, pretty much saved me from making a sum of regrettable purchases. I shall employ your feedback and only buy some additional RAM.

Thankfully I upgraded the hard drive a few years ago for the previous one was only 60GB.

Again thank you for your feedback, much appreciated.

Scar

Edit:
dcx_badass
I wouldn't bother upgrading, won't make enough of a difference. Better off saving the money for a new one in the future.


I can see a consensus forming to how silly it would be to upgrade the desktop - my idea was like something said on Top Gear every now and again they are confronted with a challenge, "Ambitious, but stupid." (or something lol)

Thanks for your input dcx_badass.
#3
Have you considered getting a cheap refurb e.g
http://www.pcworld.co.uk
item number is
589734
just search for it.
#4
you could also get some money back by selling the old pc on ebay, you could get about £50 from it

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