Solved Should I upgrade or buy new for my pc needs?

July 8, 2014 at 21:23:36
Specs: windows xp
I have a 10 year old pc thats been collecting dust, I have been using my laptop for gaming etc, but it died! I have heard you cannot really upgrade a laptop but desktops are a different story. So I was considering upgrading for the following uses (Please advise if you know anything about this)

I would use it for general email/browsing/watching videos.

I would also like to play games on it. I wanted to put Final Fantasy XI on it (still dabble with my old friends)

Potentially FFXIV:ARR (Have on ps3, but would prefer playing on pc)

I wanna revisit some Skyrim and all the glorious mods out for it!

Now here is the old POS I have:

Dell Dimension 2400 series, Pentium 4 at 2.66ghz with 533mhz front side bus

Windows Xp home edition

256mb shared ddr sdram at 333mhz (performs at 266mhz for 400fsb systems) I have no idea what that means...

integrated intel 3d extreme graphics (card)

80gb ultra ata/100 7200rpm hard drive

integrated 10/100 ethernet

56k pci data fax modem

single 48x cd-rw drive

integrated audio (sound card)

some crap dell speakers..

Told ya its a POS! I want to know would it be better to upgrade this or buy new for my purposes? I would like to learn about building /upgrading as I have 0 experience in this.

Money isnt really an issue, but I dont want to spend a ton of money turning something old into something new just for the minor purposes I have. I could just buy a gaming PC but I got enough consoles and crap in my house...

Im also curious as to how I would properly cool a gaming rig, I know nothing about building/upgrading. Sorry for the long winded blabbing, hope I provided enough information to get advice on, and thanks for any advice/help!

(if you could ballpark some costs #'s that would be helpful)

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July 9, 2014 at 03:09:24
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Dells are pretty limited in the "upgradeability". You might add RAM, maybe a CPU (depends on several factors), but you could just about spend as much on a new system and still not have near the horsepower a new system would give. On the other hand, if you have the desire to learn about hardware (assuming you don't have that knowledge already), then you might give it a go. Just remember the results could likely be disappointing.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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July 9, 2014 at 08:27:30
At the very least, you'd need more RAM, a decent video card, a DVD drive, & a new power supply. Plus it would be best to upgrade the OS. However, the Dimension 2400 only supports up to 2GB RAM, so no matter how much you upgrade it, the lack of RAM (not to mention the weak CPU) will prevent it from being a decent gamer. I suggest you build a new gaming system from scratch. Either that or start with a newer used system as a base, then upgrade that system to gaming specs.

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July 9, 2014 at 09:26:09
Thanks very much, since dells limited ill be scrapping that crap and either buying a new one(not a dell...) maybe ill brave the waters and learn to build my own!

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July 9, 2014 at 09:43:01
"...since dells limited ill be scrapping that crap..."

May want to hang onto it for a "spare machine" (in case your new machine/build doesn't fare too well) or donate it to someone (remove any personal info first) who isn't as fortunate or wants to take a crack at learning some hardware....just a thought...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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July 9, 2014 at 12:10:09
It wouldn't hurt to hang on to the Dell as a spare, but it still should have more RAM. XP with only 256MB must be painfully slow.

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