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I bought an eMachines T3256 years ago. I was hoping to upgrade it bit by bit so I don't have drop all the cash at once. It only has two ports for ram, a few PCI slots and a AGP slot. I was wondering if it is possible to replace the motherboard and processors as well.
post #2 of 12
Personally, I wouldn't spend the money on something like that.
I would save up and do a proper machine.
If your board has a AGP slot, that means it must be old.
Edited by mbudden - 5/17/11 at 11:54am
post #3 of 12
If you're replacing the motherboard and processor, you might as well just get a whole new rig. You'll have to buy used or on ebay to get parts compatible with such an old motherboard. Save up for a new build, sinking anything into that would be a big waste.
post #4 of 12
i would leave that rig as it is and start a new build off m8
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Just save up for a new build, just tell us what you need it for and plenty of people will give you good suggestions on what and where to buy parts.

As for your old emachines, I did a quick google, it uses IDE so not even worth the trouble of salvaging. As for what to do with the old computer once you have your new one, here are a few options:

1) Sell the machine for $50 - $100
2) Use it as a back-up computer
3) Donate it
4) Get a cheap AGP card and overclock the &#$% out of that Athlon XP!!! [for folding]
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Could I use parts from it though? Like the disc drives, hard drive, heat sink, case etc?
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Could I use parts from it though? Like the disc drives, hard drive, heat sink, case etc?
As long as your drives are compatible with whatever new PC you end up building, sure.

Honestly though, I'd just leave it alone and keep it as a back-up computer or a folding rig.
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post #8 of 12
Disk drives and HDD probably, heat sink...most likely not.

Yea, I would definitely build a complete new one and let that one be a home file server or something along those lines.
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post #9 of 12
cut it in to eedle pieces with a thermal lance,then bury in soft peat...unmarked grave style.
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post #10 of 12
CD Drive, Hard Drive, that's about it.
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