I need help upgrading please

Dio10801

Solid State Member
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I need help upgrading/building this computer, the emachines T2824. Just to let you guys know, I don't care for gaming on my PC, that is what video game systems are made for and don't care for watching HD movies or HD T.V., I have flat screen for that. I like to rip and store music and videos on my PC. Besides that, I got this computer in 2004. I was thinking of buying a new one, but don't know if it is cheaper to buy a new PC or build or upgrade it. I mean, if it is out of date, I'll buy new parts if I have to, I just want to be prepared for college this fall. Somebody please help me. Note to also include Windows Vista in mind. I'm thinking about get it to replace XP.

P.S. My major is computer science to become a computer programmer, I need to have a good computer.

Here are the specs of the eMachines T2824

Processor

* Processor manufacturer
* Intel

* Processor type
* Celeron D

* Clock speed
* 2.53 GHz

* Installed processor qty
* 1

* Max supported processor qty
* 1

RAM

* RAM installed
* 256 MB

* Memory specification compliance
* DDR266/PC2100

* Memory speed
* 266 MHz

* RAM form factor
* DIMM 184-pin

* RAM technology
* DDR SDRAM

System

* System type
* Personal computer

Video Output

* Video Output / Graphics Processor / Vendor
* Intel 845GV

* Video output form factor
* Integrated

* Video output type
* Graphics adapter

Display (Projector)

* Display type
* None.

* Display (projector) diagonal size
* 17 in

* Max resolution
* 1280 x 1024

* Viewable screen size
* 16 in

Service & Support

* Service & Support type
* 1 year warranty

Optical Storage

* CD / DVD type
* CD-RW / DVD-ROM

* CD / DVD read speed
* 48x (CD) / 16x (DVD)

* CD / DVD rewrite speed
* 24x

* CD / DVD write speed
* 48x

* Optical storage interface type
* IDE

Storage Hard Drive

* Hard drive interface
* ATA-100

* Hard drive installed qty
* 1

* Hard drive size
* 40 GB

* Hard drive type
* Standard

* Spindle speed
* 5400 rpm

Audio Input

* Audio input type
* None

Interface Provided

* Interface
* 5 Hi-Speed USB RS-232, 1 Serial IEEE 1284 (EPP/ECP), 1 Parallel Generic, 1 Mouse Generic, 1 Keyboard Line-out, 1 Audio Line-in, 1 Audio VGA, 1 Display / video Phone line, 1 Modem Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX, 1 Network

* Connector Type
* 4 pin USB Type A, 9 pin D-Sub (DB-9), 25 pin D-Sub (DB-25), 6 pin mini-DIN (PS/2 style), Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm, 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15), RJ-11, RJ-45

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

* 2nd hard drive type
* None

Optical Storage (2nd)

* 2nd optical storage type
* None

Storage Controller (2nd)

* 2nd storage controller type
* None

Modem

* Modem
* 56 Kbps Fax / modem

Audio Output

* Audio output form factor
* Integrated

* Audio output type
* Sound card

* Sound card name
* Integrated AC97

* Speaker (s) Type
* Right / left channel

* Speakers qty
* 2

Cabinet (Chassis)

* Cabinet form factor
* Tower

Cables (Details)

* Cables
* 1

Cache Memory

* Cache
* 256 KB L2 cache

* Cache per processor size
* 256 KB

Card Reader

* Card reader
* 8 in 1 card reader

* Supported flash memory cards
* Microdrive, Memory Stick, MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, SmartMedia Card, Memory Stick Pro, CompactFlash Card

Mainboard

* Chipset type
* Intel 845GV

* Data bus speed
* 533 MHz

Networking

* Data link protocol
* Ethernet, Fast Ethernet

* Networking
* Network adapter Integrated

Dimensions & Weight

* Depth
* 16 in

* Height
* 14.1 in

* Width
* 7.2 in

Video Input

* Video input type
* None

Bay Provided

* Expansion bays
* 2 (1 free) Front accessible 5.25" x 1/2H, 1 (0 free) Front accessible 3.5" x 1/3H, Internal 3.5" x 1/3H

Storage Floppy Drive

* Floppy drive type
* None

Service & Support Details

* Full contract period
* 1 year

* Service & Support details
* Limited warranty, Technical support

* Service included
* Parts and labor, Phone consulting

Input Device

* Input device
* Mouse, Keyboard

Power Device

* Power device type
* Power supply

* Power provided
* 250 Watt

Printer

* Printer type
* None

Video Memory

* Video memory
* 64 MB

* Video memory technology
* Shared video memory (UMA)

OS Provided

* OS provided
* Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

Storage Removable

* Removable storage native capacity
* None

* Removable storage type
* None

Slot Provided

* Slot provided
* 1 (0 free) Processor Socket 478, 1 (1 free) Memory DIMM 184-pin, 1 (1 free) PCI, 1 (1 free) SD Memory Card, 1 (1 free) SmartMedia Card, CompactFlash Card, Memory Stick Pro

Storage Controller

* Storage controller form factor
* Integrated

* Storage controller installed qty
* 1

* Storage controller interface type
* ATA-100

* Storage controller type
* IDE

Software

* Software type
* BigFix, Compuserve, RealPlayer, Cyberlink PowerDVD, Microsoft Works 7.0, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft Money 2004, Microsoft MediaPlayer, Microsoft Encarta Online, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Norton Antivirus 2004 (3 months subscription)

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Somebody please help me, I have basic knowlegde, but not enought to solve this. Also if you can, give me a price list and a site where I can buy some of this parts for cheap.
 

freestyler105

Golden Master
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7,883
Yeah, that computer is rather outdated. You can build an excellent one for about $500. Everyone here will recommend building your own, it's not that hard and you can save tons of money. And if you're going into computer science, definitely build it, you can learn a lot. What would your budget be?

If you wanted to upgrade, you'd want to upgrade the motherboard, processor, and RAM, so that would be a rather expensive upgrade. Might as well get a whole new computer.

EDIT - Just noticed I broke 800 posts!!
 

CompMan

Fully Optimized
Messages
3,323
For $800 you can build a whole new one that will kick that ones A$$, if you are interested let us know. We will post a parts list for ya!
 

Copperhead

In Runtime
Messages
454
yeah dont mess around buildin around ur old computer. start from scratch. $800 will give you a very nice new computer.

www.newegg.com

start browsing there

you'll need the folowing:
Processor
Motherboard
Memory
Videocard
Case
Power Supply
Hard Drive
CD/DVD Drive
Possibly floppy
OS

im probly forgetting a couple things....i cant think right now


a lot of people on here will be willing to give you suggestions for each part, but i dont have time right now
 
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