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Old 08-21-2005, 10:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, well my friend has an old Dell Dimension 4400 here are the specs:

250W PSU
1.6 Ghz P4 400Mhz FSB 256K L2 Cache
768MB PC2100 RAM
ATI Radeon 9550

Now he hates building computers, he either wants to get a whole new one or upgrade the parts to this:

2.4 Ghz P4 400Mhz FSB 512K L2 Cache
1GB PC2100 RAM
ATI Radeon 9600XT 256MB 4x/8x AGP

Should he buy one from Dell or would it be cheaper to just upgrade the parts?

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Old 08-21-2005, 10:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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He should build his own. Brand new machine. No dells.


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Old 08-22-2005, 02:17 AM   #3 (permalink)
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If he has the money to buy a a dell then he has the money to build one. As you can build it forr him unless your not that good of a friend to help him out i dont know.
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Old 08-22-2005, 02:51 AM   #4 (permalink)
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dont buy from dell, build one yourself or buy a custon (whitebox) from a 'round the corner PC store and tell them what components you want (ask for help on TF) and get them to build it.
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Old 08-22-2005, 03:06 AM   #5 (permalink)
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no way to DELL,, its better for him to upgrade,, lols most DELLS have built in pc parts... you might not able to upgrade some parts afterwards.
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Old 08-22-2005, 04:58 AM   #6 (permalink)
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he wants PC2100 RAM and a P4 2.4?
he should at least get PC3200 and about an AMD 2800+/P4 2.8. they don't cost all that much.
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Old 08-22-2005, 05:09 AM   #7 (permalink)
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As far as I can see upgrading that system is just putting off the certainty that you have to buy/build a new machine in the very near future.

I would chose the latter option and build
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Old 08-22-2005, 05:19 AM   #8 (permalink)
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^^ you spelled Nvidia wrong in your sig.
personally I tink it's definately worth it to upgrade sometimes. for example I have an Athlon XP 2800+ and a Geforce FX-5200. while the XP 2800+ will suffice for 99% of things (even though it's not the fastest) the video card will not run a lot of the newer games, so a video card like the 6600 GT or 6800 will give it a real boost
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ooooooops! I will adjust my signature now lol

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