I have a laptop that am thinking about up grading, wondering if itís worth upgrading
or if I should build a new slimline desktop
I basically want it to be a little faster, my old AMD 850 athlon w/ 512MB of ram PC is faster
then this laptop.
I donít want to spend more then about $200 otherwise I could just get a barebones system
or something off Craigslist.
What form factor are needed to replace the parts below and can I upgrade the CPU?
Dell Inspiron 8600
Pentium 1.4 GHz
512 MB of RAM
NIVIDA GeForce FX Go5200
37 GB hard drive
With 200$ I would have you go to newegg and get a barebones PC, but that's just my opinion. I don't know how much you need the portability of a laptop. In my entire network I only have 1 laptop if the portability need ever arises.
Anyways... (enough of my babbling) looking around on Dell it appears that the Dell Inspiron 8600 uses DDR SDRAM. And the processor upgrades vary from laptop to laptop. Some have them soldered into the motherboard some don't. As I search around it looks like even Dell is trying to hide the specs of that model in a corner somewhere. So I couldn't tell you.
Now with a laptop as old as this one, I am sure of this. The Nvidia GeForce FX Go5200 IS soldered into the motherboard and is not replaceable without pay a rather large sum of money.
And hard drives are also like processors some are soldered in some aren't. But I'm pretty sure that the hardrive on this model is not soldered in so it is upgradeable.
I really can't find all too much on this model.
But here, I will give you a link to some barebones in a price range of 200$http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList....00%20-%20%24200