[QUOTE=DJ B;2051035]Hy you guys I have a dell dimension 1100 i have recently bought 1gb memory for it and a dvd burner, but my graphic card still sucks, so i was thinking about upgrading it also. Right now i got a “Intel 82865G” and the memory size on it is 96 mb. I want something better.[/QUOTE]
I agree with all that’s been said about upgrade possibilities for this machine.
If you really like this computer and want to go further with it, you must upgrade the motherboard and probably the power supply also.
The wiser choice would be to save up for your first new build.
If you want to try to morph this entry-level box into something more driveable on a shoe-string budget…
Intel D865GLC…about $40.00 + S&H on eBay
Size is MATX (there is an ATX ver. that is similar)
You probably have a MicroATX board now, verify that your box is large enough for ATX before buying one of those.
Intel boards use the all-important “AA” number identifer.
Google this board at Intel support and record the “AA” numbers that support the latest processors.
Shop for boards with these numbers.
What to hope for:
A board with healthy capacitors…some boards of this era were plagued by bad capacitors.
No Dell proprietary front panel connectors to deal with…
You have a 250 watt that is marginal and forbid, possibly a goofy Dell proprietary connector that may not be compatible with a standard, mainstream motherboard.
I would look for something 400 watt or better.
There are lots crappy power supplies available for bargain prices…stay away.
eBay - Standard ATX power supplies
Search these brands: (there are others but not at shoe-string pricing)
Seasonic (might be too pricy)
I lean toward the units with the 120mm fan at the bottom…usually quiet and move good air volume.
The very best pre-purchase Power Supply Tutorial:
The Intel D865GLC has both on-board graphics (as you currently have) and also the coveted AGP slot for true, dedicated graphics card support.
Let’s say you scored an Antec 550 watt Truepower for $31.00 (I just did), now you can go video card hunting.
On a budget you will be looking at DX9 cards
One good mid-range DX9 card that comes to mind is 7600GS ($50.00-ish used)…easy on power
One of the top AGP cards was 7800GS ($100.00+ used) power hungry
Be advised that the above is a mix of AGP and PCI-Express (new standard) GPU’s
This list is aging now, but it provides food for thought.
There are some DX10 cards available for AGP, but not that many.
Whew, this can really add up $$
I just bought a D865GLC with a 2.4Ghz Northwood HT for $55.00 shipped
(repaired a dead eMachines - failed capacitors)
I just saw a 7600GS go for $40.00 + S&H
Another $40.00-ish for a good used PS
$130.00 - $150.00 to keep the ol’ budget box out of the recycle bin.
If your hard drive is 5400 rpm, you should move up to a 7200 rpm drive.
You’ll notice the speed difference and probably the quietness, too.
80 gig OEM about $50.00 new (Seagate or WD)
Sheesh, this is getting to look like a new build