Advice on upgrading my Dell on a budget

By Necromas
Dec 29, 2006
  1. What I have:

    Dell Dimension 3000
    Motherboard without AGP or PCI-E slots
    256mb PCI Radeon 9250 video card
    2.8ghz Pentium 4 processor
    512mb DDR RAM

    What I want:

    New motherboard that is cheap but upgradable
    New case to fit said motherboard
    New video card so I can play games like Battlefield 2 and Neverwinter Nights 2
    Probably a second RAM chip so I can upgrade to a gig.

    What I am asking:

    What kind of motherboard and case can I get for cheap? Obviously the main feature I am looking for is just PCI-E slots and that the motherboard fits in the case, and 4 or more RAM slots. I can't figure out how to tell if my current processor and power supply will fit the new motherboard.

    Is 1 gig of RAM enough these days? 512 has been doing me just fine with games like Half Life 2, Call of Duty 2, FEAR, etc....

    What video card do I need? I'm looking for the cheapest one that will work with games like Neverwinter Nights 2, Battlefield 2, and similarly demanding games. The main problem I seem to be having with my current graphics card is that it is not compatible with Pixel Shaders 2.0. And that not only is it an older card but PCI is also less efficient.
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    That's not an upgrade.. That's replacing the whole system :)

    If you are looking for an upgradable mobo with a future, then your current RAM will probably be useless and your current processor too. So basically you are looking for a new computer here.

    What is your budget? We need to know that in order to give any useful advice.
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