I have a dell dimension 5000, I have had it for a while now (About 5 Years), I bought it new from Dell, When new it had Windows XP Home 32Bit, a intel pentium 4 cpu (3.0Ghz) processor , 512mb of ram (2x256mb), an 80gb sata hdd, CD/DVD+-RW, A 15" TFT Flat Panel monitor, 128mb ATI Raedeon X300SE Graphics card, and 2.0 Desktop speakers.
Over the past 5 Years I have made some upgrades and I was wondering if anyone can say if I have made wise choices, or have I been wasting my money, Here are My specs as my Pc stands today.
Dell Dimension 5000
Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.0Ghz Dual Processor
Windows XP Home 32Bit
4 X 1GB DDR2 Ram Modules (XP32bit Only Detects 3GB)
1 X NEC DVD+-RW
1 X Sony CDRW/DVD Rom
1 X 80Gb Maxtor SATA HDD (Original)
1 X 250GB WDC SATA HDD
1 X LACIE 250GB External USB HDD
1 X Freeagent 320GB External USB HDD
1 X Freeagent 500GB External USB HDD
1 X Freeagent 1TB External USB HDD
1 X External SATA/eSATA 2.5/3.5" Docking Station with 250GB Hitachi SATA HDD.
ASUS ATI Raedeon EAH 4670 D-Sub(VGA)/DVI-I/HDMI 512MB Graphics Card
Trust SC-5100 5.1 Surround Sound Card Connected to Full 5.1 Surround Sound System (Doubling up the two front speakers with the 2.0 desktop speakers originally purchased with PC).
15" TFT Flat Panel Monitor(Original) Connected Via D-Sub(VGA)
22" WSTFTHDMI Flat Panel Monitor Connected Via DVI-I To HDMI Cable
32" WSTFTHDMI Flat Panel TV Connected Via HDMI PRO 2 Range Cable
7.1 Virtual USB Audio
Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 5000
Wireless USB Keyboard
1 X 4 Port USB 2.0 Hub
1 X 7 Port USB 2.0 Hub
2 X USB Bluetooth Radio's
HP Officejet 4680 WIFI Printer
2 X Logic 3 Dual Shock Control Pads & 1 Saitek Cyborg 3D USB Joystick.
I am wondering how much trouble it would be to upgrade to a core 2 quad duo, but I don't want to mess up this pc as it works brilliantly, but am at a loss at other upgrades I could have to increase performance, I know that a 64bit OS would give me 4GB of RAM, and things like BluRay Disk Drives will increase my media format capabilities.
I Really enjoy Gaming, & watching Great movies & this PC performs Really Well, it's just cos it is old now have I run out of things I can do to try and keep up with more recent PC's (which seem a lot better than mine), Is my PC really obsolete?, or is it still a good PC that just seems old in current times?
I leave the answers to you, as I daren't spend another penny on it if a newer model is the only way to keep up with the Jones'.
Thanks in advance, any comments would be grateful. RGK.