I have an old XPS 710 that I want to resurrect as a work pc. I retired it 3yrs ago when the HD quit and I recall the graphics card was on its way out (again) as well.
I had wanted to keep the current 950W power supply, optical drives, case, fans, motherboard, cpu and sound card.
My plan was to install a new SSD, probably 250GB with a new install of Win 7. I was thinking of a second regualr HD to store large files so as not to clutter up the SSD drive. I will need to add an old school 3.5 floppy drive. Also replace the POS 8800 GTX graphics card with something better. Not sure on a RAM upgrade. I don't remember how much this machine had and it's not possible to boot up to find out.
PC is being used in my machine shop. I'll be running Solidworks, Mastercam and Fusion 360 to design parts and program my CNC machines. I don't need anything really powerful or blazing fast. Looking to spend maybe $300, I'd possible stretch to $400 if need be. Being a Dell I'm not sure what I can upgrade without running into any proprietary component issues?