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Possible new build/rebuild

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#1 Spectacle


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Posted 16 September 2010 - 09:56 PM

Hi all! I've been thinking [uhhhh-oh....]

Too many computer problems & crashes lately. Lost one machine at least temporarily, the other replacement I'm posting with has been fighting me, seen in several threads in these forums. Both are '99-'00 vintage Dell, the whacked one a Dell Optiplex GX110, this machine's a Dell Dimension XPS R400. Considering options.

Went scrounging in the 'parts pile', found a good Atrend ATC-6240 board, a forgotten gift from a friend. This was his old gaming computer board and was in good condition when removed. Came with P3 500Mhz & fan, also ATI Rage 128 Graphics card, and Diamond Speedstar VGA video card. My suffering Optiplex has a good P3 847Mhz.

The Atrend ATC-6240 board has 4 SDRAM slots, rated for 1Gb memory. There's 384Mb on Optiplex [1 @ 256, 1 @ 128] and 192Mb [1 @ 128, 1 @ 64] on Dimension, so total of 512 ready to fill the 4 slots. No problem buying enough other memory for 1GB either or even all new if suggested.

Dell Dimension has 12Gb Matsu HDD, plus there's the 80 Gb HDD from Optiplex [2005 Hitachi 728080-Plat20 ATA/IDE]. Also have a fairly new, hardly used '05 Memorex 523252AJ CD-RW, plus CD-ROM's and floppy drives.

So, how about I install Win XP-Pro on the Dimension 12Gb HDD, temporarily use it for Master on this rebuild, using Atrend board - Rage graphics - Diamond sound card and a pile of SDRAM. Then use 12Gb master to pull all files off the 80GB Optiplex drive in Slave position, format that one & reinstall XP Pro again. Leave it in that configuration with 12GB as Master, transfer archived files back & use the 80GB for all future storage tasks.

Problem: I know absolutely nothing about getting the Atrend board running with this setup....

All I need is a solid computer to access DIAL-UP Internet, Outlook Express, and maybe later use a CAD Graphics program [not currently installed or used]: AutoCad LT Release 1, with LT Release 2 Upgrade, both designed for Win 3.1 and about 4Mb's of memory.

What do ya think, boys & girls: can I build a decent computer out of the good old parts pile? Unless it worked really well this build would be for temporary use, a few months, saving up some jing for the real thing....

Thanks for any opinion, pro or con!
2000 Dell Optiplex GX-110, P3-847Mhz, 384 Mb SDRAM, Matsu 80GB HDD, XP-Pro SP3, Online Armor Pro, with Avast! Free, Super-Antispyware, Malwarebytes

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#2 fairjoeblue


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Posted 17 September 2010 - 01:12 PM

You're working with some pretty dated components.
That isn't an issue other then being able to run some of the latest versions of some software/apps.
[I have a old 900MHz, 512MB, Emachine that still works well, not this unit though. :thumbsup: ]

You need to assemble the components in the case as a build.
You then need to install XP on the HD normally.
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#3 Spectacle

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 08:31 PM

Thanks for the reply & info. I don't yet know if it's my best option, but wanted ideas if it is any real option at all. Thanks!
2000 Dell Optiplex GX-110, P3-847Mhz, 384 Mb SDRAM, Matsu 80GB HDD, XP-Pro SP3, Online Armor Pro, with Avast! Free, Super-Antispyware, Malwarebytes

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