inherited new PC, help me spend $300

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by tdinc, May 15, 2004.

  1. tdinc

    tdinc █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User

    Sterling Heights, MICHIGAN
    I inherited this 2000 Dell XPSt750r from work.
    I would like to make this my project PC. with a budget of $300. I would like input from you on how to spend this money to beef it up. here are the specs:
    Model : Intel(R) Pentium(R) III
    Speed : 748MHz
    Performance Rating : PR898 (estimated)
    Type : Standard
    L2 On-board Cache : 256kB ECC Synchronous ATC (8-way, 32 byte line size)

    Bus(es) : ISA X-Bus AGP PCI USB i2c/SMBus
    MP Support : No
    MP APIC : No
    System BIOS : Intel Corp. A11
    Mainboard : Intel Corporation SE440BX-3
    Total Memory : 256MB SDRAM

    Chipset 1
    Model : Intel Corporation 82443BX/ZX 440BX/ZX CPU to PCI Bridge (AGP Implemented)
    Front Side Bus Speed : 1x 100MHz (100MHz data rate)
    Total Memory : 256MB SDRAM
    Memory Bus Speed : 1x 100MHz (100MHz data rate)
    Adapter : NVIDIA RIVA TNT2 Model 64/Model 64 Pro

    Physical Storage Devices
    Removable Drive : Floppy disk drive
    Hard Disk : QUANTUM FIREBALLP LM20.4 (19.0GB)
    CD-ROM/DVD : SONY CD-RW CRX140E (CD 32X Rd, 8X Wr)

    Serial/Parallel Port(s) : 1 COM / 1 LPT
    USB Controller/Hub : Intel(r) 82371AB/EB PCI to USB Universal Host Controller
    USB Controller/Hub : USB Root Hub
    Keyboard : Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
    Mouse : PS/2 Compatible Mouse
    Human Interface : HID-compliant game controller
    Human Interface : USB Human Interface Device

    MultiMedia Device(s)
    Device : Aureal Vortex Game Port
    Device : Aureal Vortex 8830 Audio (WDM)
    Adapter : Realtek RTL8139 Family PCI Fast Ethernet NIC
  2. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

    New York City
    My suggestions: [​IMG]
    1) Bump up that RAM - 512MB at least.
    2) Larger hard disk - 19GB seems to be too small, but it all depends.

    Also, what exactly do you mean by "project PC?" What's it going to be used for?

    EDIT: Maybe if you have some cash leftover, a faster CD-RW drive? But again, this depends on how much you're going to make use of it.
  3. Keshik

    Keshik OSNN Addict

    could you clarify what your goals are for this machine, as in what you'll be using it for more exactly?
  4. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

    Fort Worth, TX
    Best advice for that system with $300 to spend is to take out all the parts and throw them away (except the drives and maybe the video).

    AMD MB W/XP2500 CPU - $100
    HSF - $20
    Stick of DDR 512 RAM - $60
    350W Antec PS - $50
    Video (use the TNT2 or go MX440) -$50
    2 case fans - $15

    You can't up the proc speed by much and the P3 is a dog of a proc. No USB. Old firmware. Probably has an undersized power supply for upgrades. RAM is probably SDRAM (too slow) or worse yet RAMBUS (too pricey).
  5. canadian_divx

    canadian_divx Canadian_divx

    for that system i would say go a hdd and video card upgrade, also memory but that might be hard because i dont know if u can mix ECC and non ECC memory togther. ig you can then u are in luck, now are you sure it is SDRAM or RAMBUS. we have had a few of thoes systems in work and they were all ram bus. but yea

    Video card, MX4000 Nvidia 128mb, or ATI something?
    Memory (but memory is expencive at the moment)
    HDD 40gb or more
  6. canadian_divx

    canadian_divx Canadian_divx

    also for a dell i wouldent have to worry about the cooling for that system because they do not get that hot
  7. tdinc

    tdinc █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User

    Sterling Heights, MICHIGAN

    I would like to use this second system for multi-purpose use. My main PC is mostly for gaming and CAD.
  8. Lee

    Lee OSNN Proxy

    I would sell it on an auction site, then with what you make, maybe 300$ add you other 300$ and you could get a good O.E.M. PC for about $600.
  9. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

    Fort Worth, TX
    Yeah, what Lee said. That's the best suggestion!
  10. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

    Well if its just for multi-purpose work (like chatting, surfing.. Im assuming) then I'd just go for more ram and a bigger hard drive (20gb is small in today's standards).

    PS. My webserver is slower then that (P3 600MHz, Win 2003) and its fine.