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Hi Everyone,
My first time here, so try and be nice! smile.gif

So here's whats up. I was given a Dell Dimension 5100 Computer. It is now 5 years old. Its a pretty solid performer, but I would like to squeeze as much power out of it as I possibly can, so I building a computer. You see, everything is maxed out as possible. Dell limits everything you can do to it, it slows the RAM, no Overclock, Proprietary connectors, and just a slow chipset. I'm taking the Intel Pentium 521 CPU, the DVD Drives, the HDD's, the GPU, and the WiFi Card. I will be getting an mATX motherboard, More RAM, and a ATX Mid-Tower Case.
Current Specs:

100GB Maxtor Sata Drive
2.8 Ghz Pentium 4 HT 64bit CPU
Asus ATI Radeon 4350 GPU
4GB of DDR2 Dual Channel RAM at 266Mhz
Original Sigmatel Audio
305 Watt Dell PSU
PCI Firewire Card
Asus WiFi Adapter

Heres some shots from CPUZ








Any questions, feel free to post below!

Thanks guys!
Edited by BadMilkMan - 12/27/12 at 6:38pm
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This MB.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-D946GZIS-mATX-Motherboard-LGA775-LGA-775-Supports-Core-2-DDR2-Warranty-/321018065034?pt=Motherboards&hash=item4abe2af08a

This case.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146061
Edited by langer1972 - 11/26/12 at 9:32pm
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I was thinking more of this board...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128536

And this Case...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147159

I am not sure if DDR3 RAM slots can use DDR2 running at 266mhz? Would that work or not? Oh and can I run this board on 64 bit windows 7?
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Originally Posted by BadMilkMan View Post

I was thinking more of this board...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128536
And this Case...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147159
I am not sure if DDR3 RAM slots can use DDR2 running at 266mhz? Would that work or not? Oh and can I run this board on 64 bit windows 7?

DDR2 ram will only work in DDR2 slots and it is the same issue with DDR3.

I know you said as little money as possible, but can you give us a more solid budget.
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Originally Posted by BadMilkMan View Post

I was thinking more of this board...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128536
And this Case...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147159
I am not sure if DDR3 RAM slots can use DDR2 running at 266mhz? Would that work or not? Oh and can I run this board on 64 bit windows 7?
DDR3 slots are incompatible with DDR2 memory. You cannot even fit DDR2 memory into DDR3 slots.
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Originally Posted by BadMilkMan View Post

I was thinking more of this board...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128536
And this Case...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147159
I am not sure if DDR3 RAM slots can use DDR2 running at 266mhz? Would that work or not? Oh and can I run this board on 64 bit windows 7?

Those are alright.Go with that.thumb.gif
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post #7 of 64
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Case I settled on http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119248

Motherboard I settled on: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128536

I will see what I can do about the RAM. I want to run Windows 7 x64 bit on this computer.

Im thinking Ram wise... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148538

Will that work with the Gigabyte mobo?
Edited by BadMilkMan - 11/27/12 at 7:32pm
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So here it is in its current form



Some of the hardware I'm going to use



The Graphics Card



I take it that the motherbard in the above post I linked will take this proccesser




And lastly a picture of the WEI



Not bad at all!
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That is good for that CPU.thumb.gif
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so.... isnt the challenge to install a btx board... into an atx case with power supply and everything? the posts i see suggest basically you are gonna build a whole different pc? kinda takes the challenge out of it dont you think?
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