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New Computer - Will it all work together? How much better is it?

By astraldata ยท 4 replies
Feb 25, 2006
  1. I need to know what others think of this computer setup as an upgrade from a Dell Dimension 3000. I've finally got someone who's willing to buy my Dell 3000 tower which means I can use the money to set myself up a new computer.

    I haven't bought the stuff yet as I wanted to see if it would all work well together and if someone had any suggestions that might be better than what I've already picked out here. Maybe let me know some of the downfalls of some of the equipment that I've selected to build my new computer if you've had any of it before.

    I'm hoping to get better graphics and processing performance than my Intel Integrated 82865G Graphics. I've currently got a PCIe ATI Sapphire Radeon HT X300 256 MB Graphics card to go on my new board indicated below. How much better is it than the integrated graphics on the motherboard I've selected if anyone knows?

    Here's my OLD specs:

    Dell Dimension 3000
    Windows XP Professional
    Intel Integrated 82865G Graphics
    Pentium Celeron D Processor 2.4 GHz
    512 MB RAM

    Here's what I want for my new specs:

    CPU - AMD Athlon 64 3700+
    Keyboard/Mouse - Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000
    Case - Codegen Black/Silver
    Motherboard - Foxconn Micro ATX


    All around it should cost me around $380 including shipping and I should be getting at LEAST $375 for my Dell 3000 but I'm not sure how much it's really worth peice by peice. The motherboard and Processor I think is worth around $105, right? But overall, I'm not sure. I paid $609 for my Dell when I bought it brand new. I'm keeping my modem and giving away a 60 GB Hard Drive with it, and it will only have 256 MB of RAM when I sell it. So how much do you think I could get for it? Any ideas?

    Also, will it be able to have front USB ports and audio with that motherboard/case? If not, what do I need and is there a better mobo out there with onboard gfx?
  2. astraldata

    astraldata TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Sorry for bumping this, it's just that the post wasn't even on the front page anymore and this information is important to me.
  3. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    The x300 would be a little better than your integrated, but the integrated that comes with the foxconn board is probably nearly as good as the x300 card.

    The new case should work with a new mobo fine, as long as it has standard connectors as most cases do.
  4. astraldata

    astraldata TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks again, vnf4ultra. I appreciated your help last time but I wasn't certain what I was going to do with my Dimension 3000. Now that I've got someone willing to buy it I can actually look into getting a newer tower at least.

    That's awesome that the graphics are already nearly as good. How much better is the Athlon 64 processor that I've selected than my old Celeron D at least? I'm not sure how to tell the difference besides the GHz and there's not much of a difference there. Actually the Athlon 64 CPU I've selected is like .2 GHz LESS than my current Celeron D. However, I've always heard Athlon is normally the better CPU anyway. Is that true?

    Is it actually better in this situation?
  5. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 TS Rookie Posts: 766

    Well what you heard was right the celeron aslo has a slower front system bus fbs then the amd one and all in in all the your new cpu is way better then the old one and you will see a increase in sytem produtivy. :bounce:
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