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upgrading old dell dimensions: 8100, 8200, 8250, and x2 8300.. worth it?!?

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Howdy overclocker's

Its been a while since I've been on here. This place has a great community that helped me with my first build, and I love it! I am now working at a store where I am in a position to help my boss upgrade 5 existing computers (mostly processors and memory) and/or build him a few. I got a handle on building computers from scratch but upgrading computers that are a little bit older is a new game to me.

The 8100 looks like its a mega dinosaur and it takes a type of memory newegg doesnt carry anymore (PC800 RDRAM). However I can get some off of amazon for pretty cheap (used). I'm thinking this is one dino who's fossil I don't want to dig up and mess with.

I think the 8300's (maybe the 8250) may be the only type with ddr memory, and possibly the only type that may be worth it to keep. They all have various p4 processors from 1.3-2.8ghz and rather small hard drives (however this isnt a huge issue)

So i was wondering if anyone had experience upgrading the cpu for old 8100-8300 dimension's. Far as I know they dont handle core duo or dual/quad core... would they handle the next processor below those?

I'm thinking todays new shell shocker dyi kit may be the way to go instead of messing with these old computers, however it is my bosses money so I need to find out what the best route is based on cost/performance.

Thanks guys for any input you have, I know i said a mouthful my bad XD
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Not worth it IMO - the amount of time and $$ spent and possible problems with messing around with older computers isn't worth it, best thing to do is to give it a fresh format, and at most give it a bit more memory.
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The only issue is that buying older parts for older computers is expensive. I think it would be cheaper to replace a mobo, cpu, ram, and HDD than trying to find parts for these older machines. Here's the breakdown on the 8100 - 8300 specs

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16825122009
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim8300/sm/specs.htm
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim8200/specs.htm

To find any of this cheap would be to try pricewatch and see what the vendors there have offer.
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You would probably be better selling them and using Intel Atom or AMD Zacate (E-350) builds; they would be an upgrade, and they'll be quite cheap.

It's also easier to replace parts, should things go wrong. With those dino'-PCs you'll have to find old parts (such as the RDRAM), and you're not very likely to be able to buy processors for them, seeing as they're so old. And if you can, it's probably not worth it anyway.
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thanks guys... yeah I found some memory for a reasonable amount. However it seems like a lot of it was used... Also i could look into getting a new mother board as well... However I think I may just try to convince the boss to go with the shell shocker today and get 2-3 new computers and I can keep at least 2 of the old computers and just add memory to them from the old ones that are not in use...

again thanks for the input!
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thanks guys... yeah I found some memory for a reasonable amount. However it seems like a lot of it was used... Also i could look into getting a new mother board as well... However I think I may just try to convince the boss to go with the shell shocker today and get 2-3 new computers and I can keep at least 2 of the old computers and just add memory to them from the old ones that are not in use...

again thanks for the input!

If you're wanting to use those Dell cases, you might have problems fitting a motherboard. Dell use obscure form factors.
post #7 of 8
Not at all worth it. I have a Dell Dimension 8400 and like yours, they use a proprietary form factor motherboard. So you cannot use any motherboard, it has to be a Dell one and just for that case.

Not worth it.
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I was given an 8100, shoved in an old 20GB HDD, bought 512MB of RAM from eBay for less than £10, and had a fully working PC for my grandparents.
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