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You can drop a Pentium D into that Optiplex 520 for some more performance; it's a drop-in replacement and Dell even shipped that model with a Pentium D as an option. Getting XP up and running on it was a good thing. I don't like dealing with a Netburst computer under any circumstances, but especially not one trying to run anything newer than XP.

If you're ever needing to try Linux on a dinosaur again, try Puppy Linux rather than Ubuntu. Much easier on hardware requirements, plus it looks and functions a lot of like Windows, so a lot of people who won't deal with most Linux distros are willing to use it. Use the Slacko (Slackware-based) version rather than the Lucid (Ubuntu-based) version, it performs a lot better.
     
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Originally Posted by jsc1973 View Post

You can drop a Pentium D into that Optiplex 520 for some more performance; it's a drop-in replacement and Dell even shipped that model with a Pentium D as an option. Getting XP up and running on it was a good thing. I don't like dealing with a Netburst computer under any circumstances, but especially not one trying to run anything newer than XP.

If you're ever needing to try Linux on a dinosaur again, try Puppy Linux rather than Ubuntu. Much easier on hardware requirements, plus it looks and functions a lot of like Windows, so a lot of people who won't deal with most Linux distros are willing to use it. Use the Slacko (Slackware-based) version rather than the Lucid (Ubuntu-based) version, it performs a lot better.
I'll be buying a new CPU in a week or two.I just can't decide - Pentium D-820 or D-920.Price of the 920 is almost double but people in the net are saying that it runs cooler.
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I'll be buying a new CPU in a week or two.I just can't decide - Pentium D-820 or D-920.Price of the 920 is almost double but people in the net are saying that it runs cooler.

The 920 will run cooler because it's a 65nm chip, while the 820 is a 90nm version. The 920 also has twice the L2 cache, but in the real world, that doesn't seem to make much of a difference.

Unless you plan to overclock, you can probably get by with the cheaper 820. It runs hotter, but Pentium D's at 2.8 weren't egg-fryers; they really weren't bad at all seeing as how they were two Netburst CPU's on one die. It's only the faster EE "Emergency Edition" models that you could use for space heaters in the winter.
     
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If this is your parents PC then use Ubuntu 13.04 it's really easy to learn how to use and it has a nice look to it. Plus it runs well with all machines (as does most flavors of linux)

If it's for your parents then I say install Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS as it is supported until 2017 and not a 6 month release like 13.04. But I really say try using something like Linux Lite which is pretty much 32 bit Lubuntu. I had Ubuntu 12.04.2 on my Pentium D 940 and it was extemely sluggish even with Unity 2D. Linux Lite, Debian 7 with MATE, and Linux Mint 13 MATE were all fairly quick on it.
post #25 of 29
My vote is Ubuntu. It will be easy for them to use for basic stuff.

VLC for all your video needs, chrome or Firefox will run on it. If they need an office like program i believe it comes with Libra Office.

Check ubuntu's site and youtube for videos.
post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by Zer0CoolX View Post

My vote is Ubuntu. It will be easy for them to use for basic stuff.

VLC for all your video needs, chrome or Firefox will run on it. If they need an office like program i believe it comes with Libra Office.

Check ubuntu's site and youtube for videos.
I'd probably recommend Lubuntu or Linux Mint XFCE over vanilla Ubuntu because they should have a lower footprint.

Personally I'd avoid Chome on Linux as well because recent builds have been pretty terrible (full of memory leaks). Firefox is sound though.
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Much appreciated,amazing community there is in this site! At the end,i bought a CD ,burned WP SP3 Pro on to it.Turned out the CD/DVD drive on the PC wasn't working so (as being a slim drive) got the one from my last laptop,matched everything perfectly.Got it installed and modified so it looks good.Running freaking awesome,no more than 800-900mb ram used with 10 tabs of chrome and few other background programs,amazing! Since my scanner wasn't compatible with anything higher than XP,it was collecting dusk from a very long time.Now,it's working flawlessly which is very helpful for my father's work.My parents,they're both happy , so i'm happy too! Right now i'm looking in second hand stores/sites for something decent that's a dual core.A cheap LGA 775 and a cheap dual core would be good for a start.Already have a GPU - 7950GT + PSU - 320W .Would be enough.

    Yeah, Windows XP is currently impossible to beat as far as being a light-weight yet functional version of Windows.  However, I will mention that on a computer with those specs, Windows 7 will work better if you disable the Superfetch service.  The Superfetch service improves performance on computers with 2+ GB of RAM, but when you only have 1 GB, it will continually swap files in and out of RAM which will cause the HDD to thrash continually, slowing down its I/O throughput.

    I am curious as to whether you actually tried Windows 8 in that machine, and how it performed if you did.
 
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post #28 of 29
Give Lubuntu a try, it worked great in an old laptop I installed.
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How about Lubuntu?

It's billed as a lightweight Linux operating system based on Ubuntu but using the LXDE desktop environment in place of Ubuntu's Unity shell and GNOME desktop.

Link: http://www.lubuntu.net/
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