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Barebones Kit Or Dvd Burner


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#1 jolt8me

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 04:06 PM

What is your opinion on doing this.
Right now I have a dell dimension 8200 p4 1.7 ghz with 1 gig ram. I was thinking of throwing a dvd burner into it but then came across this and it gave me an idea. http://3btech.net/ce515ce21gbd.html
I could just throw in my parts from my dell into this. I just bought a new video card that would be operating at 8x agp speed instead of 4x in my dell. I could put in my cd burner. Get the 1 gig ram upgrade and 3.06 celeron upgrade for $7. And use my 60gb hard drive from my dell.
Would this be a good idea or should i just get a dvd burner for my dell and wait a year before buying a new computer all together. Both would be around the same price to do.
Plus how hard would it be to put in a hard drive with everything on it and expect it to work without having to call microsoft up for a new code (cant do it because I lost my cd key a couple of years ago), or should i expect to lose everything on my hard drive if i put it into this system?

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 05:39 PM

Hi :thumbsup:.

What would be the point? I mean...in your opinion, what will you gain by pursuing either course of action OR a different course of action?

If your system currently satisfies, why change?

If it doesn't satisfy...the changes you outlined don't seem significant enough to warrant the effort.

Going from AGP 4x to AGP 8x isn't even going to be a noticeable difference, IMO. If I wanted to "upgrade" my video, I would just either buy a newer motherboard with better graphics (tons of them out there) or go the new motherboard with PCI-e graphics capability. If you don't game...I'm not sure you can tell any of the differences.

If you need a DVD burner...as opposed to whatever you have now...then getting one makes sense. If you don't have one and you have no real need for one...why the hots for it now? It's inexpensive...but it can wait if it has to.

Example: I have two DVD-burners, but I hardly ever burn DVDs...I burn CDs and use hard drives as my primary storage devices (not DVDs). I bought mine because it cost just as much for a DVD-burner as it does for a CD-burner and I have more options, even if I don't use them :huh:.

<<Plus how hard would it be to put in a hard drive with everything on it and expect it to work without having to call microsoft up for a new code (cant do it because I lost my cd key a couple of years ago)>>

Replacing a hard drive in a Dell...I have no knowledge there. Replacing a hard drive in a system built by myself...is pretty easy and yes, it will work (for me).

As for your key...you can use this tool, SIW Download - http://www.gtopala.com/siw-download.html to find and write down your current license key. It will be listed under Software/Licenses :huh:.

I get those ads from 3B.net also. I've never found anything offered by them that I could not find cheaper and maybe more recent...somewhere else.

You cannot take a hard drive from one system...and place it in another system...and expect it to work properly. It can happen, under the right circumstances...but it's probably more work than you would be interested in going through.

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/moving_xp.html

If I were prepared to spend $120-150 on upgrading my system...I would buy a inexpensive, decent (ECS, PC Chips) motherboard that has good onboard video and sound (they all do now)...takes DDR2 (cheaper than DDR) and that takes a CPU which is now inexpensive but has more horsepower than the one I currently have. I think that can be had with $150 or so...and it would be far better than the alternatives you seem to think are your current ones.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813135096

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820134117

Installing a motherboard takes no great gift, even I can do it B).

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 01:27 AM

Thank you Louis for your well thought out and in depth reply. unfortunately I cannot install a new motherboard into my dell case. The case is propriety and is set up only to work with dell motherboards, it can be done i have heard but you have to modify the case. Ontop of that the powersupply is also propriety dell and the cables coming from it will not reach a motherboard that is not a dell (read from what other people have said). If I was going to get a ew motherboard i would have to get a new case and power supply and if i do that i might as well just go with a new system.
I just thought the new barebones kit would give me another 6months-1year before i would have to get a new system. So far I have upgraded this system as much as i can.

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 01:54 PM

Well...I think you'd be surprised by how inexpensive a new case (with PSU) is.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...70&CatId=32 That PSU is better than the 250 which you currently use.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811164108

In any case, I don't want to try to push you down a road which you don't want to travel. I'm just trying to show you that you can get more bang for your buck...if you are willing to look for it and are not afraid of assembling a system that's more to your liking.

Buying a new computer...may not be the best course of action...for someone who's capable and willing to assemble a new PC.

Louis




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