Dell Dimension 8200
Updating an old PC...the time to upgrade was when it was 3-4 years old
not a decade. I can uderstand how bad the RDRAM prices were as I too
had an Alienware PC with RDRAM that I never upgraded the RAM because of
the price. But the list below is what you can do with an upgrade, and
it is no longer worth doing
. Better off buying a new PC that can run
rings around that network.
max. RAM (single biggest bang for the money except RDRAM)
add video card
(need to consider both an old PSU's capacity and cooling capacity of the case)
add modern HDD
(7,200 RPM, higher areal density, better R/W tech) - really discontinued now and expensive
add fastest supported CPU -- often not a great boost as people think
unless yo jump up a family of processors, but eBay can sometimes supply a used P4 for $10
. But you will need a tube of thermal compound
new PSU (your current are 250W decade old if OEM) looks like std. ATX form factor
update HDD and ODD firmware if any on Dell support site (free)
add a DVD burner (IDE)
clean install OS with current drivers (free)
(best to log in with your service tag # on case)
AGP slots (4x/2x) - not good for compatibility with the few cards you can find
Your system uses RDRAM NOT DDR -- eBay is your friend. Your system has
an 850 chipset so this is definite unless it is not a Dimension 8200. 4 slots x 512Mb
= 2Gb max. Be careful you want 512Mb sticks not 2 x 256 which you find a lot of searching for 512Mb.
2.80GHz P4 (533MHz) (socket 478)
- best after installing last BIOS update
Sept. 2002 last BIOS update = unlikely to have 48-bit LBA table present
so the max. HDD is around 128Gb. You can add a larger drive (IDE) but it
can only partition and format to the max. size.
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