So I have been listening to a few things lately around here, and realize I know nothing in the way of configurations or specifications. Just want a basic start on things; ya know some newbie help.
I would like to upgrade a Dell Dimensions 3000 w/
Pentium 4 2.8 GHz
35 GB HD
1 GB RAM
Running Windows XP V 2002
Type Media center
Product Form Factor Micro tower
Width 7.2 in
Depth 16.8 in
Height 14.5 in
Weight 22.9 lbs
Type Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz
Installed Qty 1
Max Supported Qty 1
Type L2 cache
Installed Size 1 MB
Cache Per Processor 1 MB
Chipset Type Intel 865GV
Data Bus Speed 533 MHz
Installed Size 256 MB / 1 GB (max)
Technology DDR SDRAM
Memory Speed 400 MHz
Memory Specification Compliance PC3200
Form Factor DIMM 184-pin
Features Dual channel memory architecture
Type 1 x IDE - integrated
Controller Interface Type ATA-100
Hard Drive 1 x 40 GB - standard - ATA-100 - 7200 rpm
Graphics Processor / Vendor Intel Extreme Graphics 2 Dynamic Video Memory Technology 2.0
Type Sound card - integrated
Compliant Standards AC '97
Modem Fax / modem - PCI - plug-in card
Max Transfer Rate 56 Kbps
Networking Network adapter - integrated
Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet
Expansion / Connectivity
Expansion Bays Total (Free) 2 ( 1 ) x front accessible - 5.25" x 1/2H ¦ 1 ( 1 ) x front accessible - 3.5" x 1/3H ¦ 1 ( 0 ) x internal - 3.5" x 1/3H
Expansion Slots Total (Free) 3 ( 2 ) x PCI ¦ 1 ( 0 ) x processor - Socket 478 ¦ 2 ( 1 ) x memory - DIMM 184-pin
Interfaces 1 x headphones - output - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ¦ 6 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 pin USB Type A ¦ 1 x serial - RS-232 - 9 pin D-Sub (DB-9) ¦ 1 x parallel - IEEE 1284 (EPP/ECP) - 25 pin D-Sub (DB-25) ¦ 1 x keyboard - generic - 6 pin mini-DIN (PS/2 style) ¦ 1 x mouse - generic - 6 pin mini-DIN (PS/2 style) ¦ 1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) ¦ 1 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45 ¦ 1 x audio - line-in - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ¦ 1 x audio - line-out - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ¦ 1 x microphone - input - mini-phone 3.5 mm ¦ 1 x modem - phone line - RJ-11
Voltage Required AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
Power Provided 250 Watt
I know a few things I would like to begin with.
First of all I know there are bigger processors out there, much larger HDDs, better graphics cards, larger amounts of RAM.
So since I am new to all this stuff, (I posted specs from dell link), why would I need to change anything or rebuild just to run CS3 for flash developement, Graphic Design program? It runs as is but need better results
More memory (duh) 1Terrabit [nice]
Faster response time (okay). Bigger Processor [Speed!!!]
SO; what could I do Guru's
I want to install a larger HDD for more space for all the great stuff I will create, dont want to wait for a slow refresh response (more RAM/faster processor), but I know my space is limited. Am I right when I say its tough to upgrade a Dell, as far as limits on space and processor upgrades, or can i do more than I think? Im not sure so Im coming to you technology geniuses for help. I dont want to spend alot, less than, IDK, $500.
Just trying to get some specs, some thoughts, some where to start. This price would not include the $100 for the 1T HDD, [but want some ideas on types and name brands] or monitor (want to know my expectations before buying something i dont need or see a difference in).
Like I said trying to get a grasp on the whole "build" thing, and realize I may not be giving enough info, and am being too vague.
Thanks in advance for your help, it's appreciated.