Computer Upgrades

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  1. henryjhost

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    So, my dad is going to start teaching at a new high school next year and the old school decided to give him an old Dell computer for working 20+ years at the same place. He has given me $200 to upgrade it and modernize it. Here are some specs:
    RAM: 4GB
    Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9300
    Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Operating System: Windows 7 Pro 64bit
    Hard Drive: 320GB​
    These are the possible things to upgrade. The worst things right now I think are the processor and the RAM, but the motherboard does have 4 RAM slots, so I don't think RAM will be too hard to upgrade to 8 or 16GB. For the processor I want to go Intel, either an i3 or an i5. Otherwise, I have no idea. What should I upgrade and what should I leave alone?
     
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    Since the CPU is on socket 775, you can't swap the Core 2 Duo with an i3/i5/i7 because they weren't invented yet. You can still upgrade it to a Core 2 Quad or a Core 2 Extreme or a Xeon X5460 that are faster and have 2 more cores than the Core 2 Duo. I would upgrade the ram too from 4 to 8 Gb (16 Gb is too overkill for a system like that). Finally I'd add another HDD (at least 500 Gb) or replace the current with a bigger one (1 Tb). If he wants faster booting time I suggest you to replace the current HDD with an SSD (a 128 Gb is enough and doesn't cost a lot), keep the current HDD as a mass storage and add another HDD for other stuff (I think that 500 Gb is enough).
    All this should cost:
    - Intel Core 2 Quad Q9500 -> $20
    Or
    - Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850 -> $60
    - Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 -> $88
    Or
    - Intel Xeon X5640 -> $33 (the Xeon is better than the others)
    Ram:
    - 8Gb DDR2 (4x2Gb) -> $15-25
    Storage:
    - Kingstone A400 SSD 120Gb -> $37
    - Sandisk SSD Plus 120Gb -> $39
    - Seagate Barracuda HDD (500Gb) -> $41
    - Western Digital Blue HDD (1Tb) -> $44

    Be sure you have a good PSU that can handle all the new components :)
    Hope this helped :D
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    Later you can upgrade the GPU, but if your dad doesn't play games the card you currently have is fine.
     
  3. henryjhost

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    Thanks! This helped a lot :)
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    Do you think I could upgrade the motherboard and still keep some of the main components but be able to switch the CPU?
     
  4. Alex [ITA]

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    ^ Your idea is to buy a new motherboard? That pc is a Dell machine, so it has proprietary parts and different spaces than normal computers (it can fit motherboards ONLY for that model). I wouldn't change motherboard, but the parts on it if it can support them.
     
  5. ladafan01

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    Look into LGA 771 CPUs on LGA 775 mobos.
     
  6. Michaelflat

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    What is the model of the PC? Optiplex something i'm guessing (i need the number). I know the upgrade paths to the dell machines. They are somewhat limited however today.
     
  7. ladafan01

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    Depends.
    If it's not a BTX or SFF, mATX or ATX mobo will fit no problem.
     
  8. Alex [ITA]

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    If you watch the motherboards from Dell Optiplex computers they have different screw spaces than any standard ATX, mATX or ITX motherboards.
     
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  9. ladafan01

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    A quick search shows that Optiplex PCs use BTX form factor.
    Which is mirrored ATX, so incompatible.
     
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  10. Alex [ITA]

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    ^ Exactly what I was saying.
     
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    I have an Optiplex GX 620. I can't switch out the MB without drilling other holes. It's obvious they didn't have standard boards.
     
  12. ladafan01

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    It's not really the screw spaces that are different, more like they are the same, just mirrored.
     
  13. Alex [ITA]

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    ^ Yeah. I didn't know how to say it properly
     
  14. The _covet

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    What currency?
     
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    USD
     
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    #16 The _covet, Jun 11, 2018
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