IBM NetVista 8305-E1U: Worth Rebuilding?

Lenovo / 8305-e1u
January 9, 2011 at 13:40:45
Specs: None yet, Pentium 4 3.06 GHz, 256 MB
I recently was given an older computer from my dad's office (IBM NetVista 8305-E1U). The company took out the hard drive and let him take it home. It still has two disk drives, a floppy drive and appears to have all the other stock hardware. My question is, could this computer use a newer hard drive, or would I have to replace other hardware first before it would accept a new one, and would it be worth fixing up on a student budget? I have very limited funds. I don't plan on making this into a gaming machine or anything; just something usable for homework and internet surfing. What do I need to do with this thing to make that happen?

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January 9, 2011 at 14:11:24
Does it boot up without the hard drive. Can you see a bios screen?

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January 9, 2011 at 15:40:29
Here's your system specs:

If you only have 256MB RAM, you'll definitely need more. Add 1GB PC2100 to what you already have plus a 160GB HDD & you'll be all set. SuperBiiz is having a 15% off sale using the promo code HELLO2011, so you can get the RAM & HDD for about $65:

You may want to consider a cheap AGP card too.

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January 11, 2011 at 09:18:23
I bought a 500gb PATA hard drive today, and I'm about to upgrade the RAM. Is there anyway to increase the speed from 266 MHz without buying a new motherboard?

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