Upgrading Dell Dim 3000

Dell Dimension 3000 desktop
August 9, 2009 at 02:55:16
Specs: Windows Vista
I would greatly appreciate it if someone can help me out by telling me how I can upgrade my PC Hardware bec I recently switched to vista and it doesnt seem like my pc can handle it, So Im assuming that means I need a faster hard drive , Processor, motherboard etc. However Im just not sure which ones are compatible with this pc.Thanx so much!
P.S. I have already upgraded the ram to 2gb so thats maxed out .

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August 9, 2009 at 03:21:49
DELL's are proprietary therefore you really need a new PC, or stick with XP, yours does not even have a AGP Graphics Card slot:


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August 9, 2009 at 13:22:43
I agree with MWCC. Go back to XP until you are ready to purchase a new PC.

Then connect this one via LAN and use it for backups. Do you backup your valuable files? Of course you do!

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August 9, 2009 at 17:21:38
So your telling me that theres absolutly no way to work around getting a new PC ? Like maybe getting a better processor, or motherboard? Im a bit clueless when it comes to these things so I appreciate all the support!

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August 9, 2009 at 17:42:37
Upgrading would normally mean replacing the motherboard/CPU and probably memory. Anything less than that is usually not worth the trouble or expense. It's usually more practical, and possibly more economical, to purchase a new system.

Also, if you replace the motherboard in a Dell (or any other OEM system), you will not be able to run the software that came with it, unless you buy the motherboard from Dell. That can be pretty expensive. The Operating System in OEM systems is tied to the motherboard and cannot be transferred.

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August 9, 2009 at 18:24:50
Thankyou! I already have the software discs for the reinstallation , would that work if i got oem motherb and cpu ? If yes can u please write the link as to where I can purchase them?
Thanx a million!

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August 9, 2009 at 19:33:23
The Dell software discs will not work with a new motherboard.

If you buy the new motherboard from Dell, they will probably set you up with new software discs.

Here's the URL for the Dell support center:

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August 9, 2009 at 19:50:54
Considering how much a newer motherboard and the other items you would need you would be better off buying a new PC.

When you change the motherboard you would need a new processor (CPU) and new memory (RAM). You might also need a new power supply (PSU).

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August 9, 2009 at 22:10:44
If I were to get all of the OEM hardware where can I get the software for it?
Also where can I get the OEM hardware cheapest possible even if it's refurb ?

Thanx to all of you! You've been a great help!

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August 9, 2009 at 23:02:23
It is not worth updating your PC, it is far cheaper to sell the Tower you have a buy a new Tower, believe me as I work as a PC Service Engineer.

An OEM Motherboard will be at least $100 from Dell but the newer ones will likely not fit in the case so you need a new case, then you need a new CPU, then you need new memory, then you need new PSU, see where we are going with this ?? UNECONOMICAL UPGRADE

In the UK I sell the Towers around £70.00 ($100) as that is the most they are worth........

This is an entry level PC and considering your PC is 4/5 years old this will be better, $300 or in the UK £200 though would advise spending more or having a custom tower built if you have specific requirements.


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