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I own this old Dell (horizontal) desktop, and the hardware is quite outdated compare to other cheap desktop. I am aware this system can still perform the task that I wanted, but I wanted to keep it updated or maybe give it to my little niece for movies and learning games.

This is the specs;
Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz or 2.4 GHz) I don't know the model for it.
2GB RAM or 4GB RAM
Intel HD 3000
250W PSU
500GB HDD

Like I said, I want it to be upgraded to be fast for the task and in a cheap price like under 400 dollar.
     
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Dell e2414h monitor  Vizio VO22LFHDTV10A 22" Logitech G710+ Corsair HX750 
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post #2 of 5
sounds like its more than enough for the task you want it to do, although I would consider getting a gpu for it.... most likely a HD 6450 or equivalent for playing blu-ray movies, as 1080p is quite a resource hog.....
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post #3 of 5
another thing to look at is a SSD, should give you a nice little performance bump. good luck
    
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If you have access to old unused Optiplex 960-990, you can get some decent stuff out of them. I have a 980 that I got for ridiculously cheap, and come to find out that it only had 23hrs of use. Open it up and there was a C2D E8600, 4x2GB DDR2-800, an HD3650, and a WD3200AAKS.

Check Craigslist and maybe some local community colleges, or even full universities. I got mine from the local BIG university, as they have a Surplus Sale every first Saturday of the month. I have also gotten half a dozen 20" Dell LCD monitors at $9 a pop, a $7500 safe for $110, 2 1600/1680x1200/1050projectors and 2 1080p projectors for $20-50 depending on bulb hours, and a lot more.
   
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post #5 of 5
i agree, get a new graphics card like above or something like this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125389
definitely an SSD such as a samsung 830/840, plextor M5 or crucial M4, size is up to you
and a decent quality approx 350W PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151072
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151117
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Plextor M5p 128GB 2 x WD 500GB Blues LG Prolimatech Megahalems Rev C 
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Coolermaster HAF 912 advanced (Asia version) 
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Win 7 ultimate Samsung Syncmaster 932gwe+ OCZ ZT series 550W Coolermaster 410 
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1.67Ghz Atom stock 1GB DDR2 2 x 500GB Western Digital Cavier Blacks [RAID 1] 
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