Posted 07 September 2010 - 11:29 AM
I kept my vintage Dell limping along as best I could but it hit a wall hard, real hard, now onto something else. I only need best access to internet surfing [only dialup is available!] plus the old AUTO-CAD LT1/LT2 graphics if possible; that was written for Windows 3.1 & 16Mb RAM, so little is needed to run it.
I can't access it right now but it's a Dell Optiplex GX110, with Pentium III 847Mhz, 2 @ 256 DDR Ram [but only showed 384], and pretty sure it's an IDE hard drive, or EIDE. To do anything, I first must be able to somehow use that old drive in the new machine as slave to extract files & also as an archive, so new Mobo would need IDE capabilities. I need another HDD for master, not real huge because of such limited uses.
Hoping to build with a couple of pieces at a time. Already have several ATX or mini-ATX cases, and smallish PSU's, maybe 200-250W or so, but upgrade PSU later? That is if I can run this newer stuff on one of the old PSU until later.
We're talking 'Budget Build', like "Budget, what budget??" So it looks like an AMD processor. I like the giant killer philosophy and they build a very good piece for the price. I suppose dual core would do me, but? I've had good experience with Gigabyte, MSI & Asus boards. Looking at roughly $125-$150 for board & CPU?
Would like plenty of memory eventually, but hopefully expanding, first using my currect DDR sticks. Already have optical drives, keyboard, monitor etc. so mainly just chassis hardware is needed. From the above, I guess that means motherboard, processor & hard drive to start with? Suggestions appreciated, including going in a different direction if you see something I don't....?
2000 Dell Optiplex GX-110, P3-847Mhz, 384 Mb SDRAM, Matsu 80GB HDD, XP-Pro SP3, Online Armor Pro 22.214.171.124, with Avast! Free, Super-Antispyware, Malwarebytes