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Dell dimension 3100

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Ray Jensen, Jan 27, 2020.

  1. Ray Jensen

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    so I have a dell dimension 3100 that I found when I moved into my new house. I have 512 mb of ram (knowing that’s clearly not enough) and an MSI R4350 graphics card waiting to be installed. It runs windows xp, I stripped it down to its case then rebuilt it and haven’t plugged it in since a big spark came out of the outlet. I do not know what type of processor it has, and I don’t know how big the hard disk is. But the big question is, will it play beam bf and other games like that?
     
  2. Nadeox1

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    It does not meet the minimum requirements:
    https://wiki.beamng.com/Requirements

    512MB RAM (Min Req: 4GB)
    R4350 DirectX10 Graphics (Min Req: DirectX11 capable GPU)
    Windows XP (Min Req: 7 with SP1)

    The last two won't allow you to launch the game at all.
     
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  3. rottenfitzy

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    It will not run beam, but good luck getting it back together!
     
  4. Ray Jensen

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    Thank you very much! I got to to work, and I actually figured out it’s password locked.
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    Oh actually I got it wrong. It’s a dell dimension 2350 windows 2003 or something
     
  5. Sithhy™

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    That's still awful. You can only dream about playing BeamNG on that
     
  6. ManfredE3

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    May I ask why you are trying to game with an OS older than half the forum members?..
     
  7. cars.com

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    Well, try to install windows 7 then try to install 8.1. Upgrade the ram to Max and get a better GPU. AND then try to get and older version on your hands
     
  8. Ray Jensen

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    Ok, will
     
  9. Ray Jensen

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    Idk... lol but by now I’ve given up on the pile of garbage.
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    Yea... that’s agreeable
     
  10. Ewanc

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    I new budget-gaming rig will cost less than this upgrade , plus run way faster and be upgradable down the road. Even if you max-out an old Dell Dimension (I've done 4 for an office and relatives) it will never be more than an over-sized media-box. Look on pcpartpicker.com for the best deals on parts to put together a PC for less than $400. If your old Dell has an LCD monitor, DVD drive and KB/MS you can save $ on accessories too. Throw the rest away, especially the PSU.

    AMD Ryzen/Radeon based systems are the best bang of buck especially for the low end, while Intel CPU's and Motherboards are slightly faster/more efficient at the mid/high-end. For video cards, Nvidia is the king of the hill, but not as budget friendly and AMD.
     
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  11. Ray Jensen

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    I got an msi R3450 but it doesn’t fit the thing’s motherboard.... assuming it’s too modern for that old brick.
     
  12. bob.blunderton

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    That old machine only supports AGP video cards (if it has a BROWN slot).
    The last AGP video card was a 4670 512mb/3770 512mb card or close to that, by AMD/ATI.
    AGP died around 2006 with the last cards coming out around 2007~2008, and only being DirectX 10 at best.
    Nothing with AGP video ports on it will run BeamNG. Nothing. Don't even try.
    DO NOT even attempt to retro-fit the machine for BeamNG use. You would get 2fps~5fps if it would even run at all (it wouldn't, I can almost promise that).

    Get a decent computer, used, off amazon, or from a local PC shop.
    You'll need (for this and other common games) at-least:
    8gb of system RAM
    any Ryzen processors or i5/i7 processor
    a desktop, not a laptop unless it's less than 2~3 years old and rather high-end with a dedicated GPU
    A dedicated graphics card with at-least 2GB of video RAM (it may run on 1GB cards, but it will be anything but pretty).
    A few GB's of space on the hard drive or preferably a solid state drive. Solid state drives are in-order of magnitudes faster than hard drives, but offer less capacity for your dollar. On a steep budget get a 30$ 240gb solid state drive and a 50$ hard drive and you should have plenty of space after installing your OS to the SSD.
    Used XEON-based machines from HP, Lenovo, or even Dell (look up the processor on the intel archive or wikipedia.org to make sure it's not more than 5~6 years old) can offer a sweet deal and are usually good if you avoid the 'small form factor' or SFF cases (get a tower like regular gaming machines).
    Throw in a video card that doesn't require a dedicated power connection such as an nvidia 1050, 1650, or similar (avoid the 1030) card and you have a nice multimedia / gaming machine on the cheap.
    --Good luck!
     
  13. BeamCar

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    Server 2003?
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    I ran beamng on intel hd graphics, 4gb ram and an i5 7200u. I will try and find some parts that will get it to run.
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    I found something interesting. What is the socket type? If it is LGA 775 you are lucky. You can get some beefy CPUs for that socket.
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    Your main issue would be the video card. You could try using a pci one. Other than that you could just by a cheap desktop with one in it. Here is a cheap one that should do the trick: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-OptiP...635220?hash=item2f3db379d4:g:80cAAOSwp5leOyP1
     
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