Solved: Upgrading a Dell Dim 8100 - is replacing the motherboard an option

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kmalik

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I have Dell Dim 8100, whose performance and virtual memory problems have me looking seriously into replacing it by buying a new desktop.

The three things I do not like in my current system are:
  1. Low RAM (256MB), but old and expensive to replace. This is the main stumbling block as the system slows down and jams up multiple times during a day. And, frankly I am hesitant to take on the challenge of adding memory, due to lack of experience. I almost bought the memory, but then worried about bios - and how out of date they were, etc.
  2. USB Drive - I believe it has the old USB 1.1 drive that is awfully slow.
  3. The processor is slow, although I could live with it.
I have a large relatively new hard drive (180GB) and other peripherals are sufficient for my needs.

Is refurbishing the system by replacing the two components I do not like an option? If so, what'd I need - and how could I go about it, given that I am not technically savvy.

Would love to find a way to keep on with the same system, as it has the software setup I need. Thanks a lot.
 
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The first thing to consider is if you install a new mobo then you will have reinstall windows and software.
Secondly as I understand it fitting an "off the shelf" mobo may prove differcult as Dell have there own custom mobos.
It might be easier to buy a new case, install new mobo etc and use what you can from the Dell pc, hard drive, optical drives, floppy etc
 
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Well your system uses RDram which is pretty much obsolete now. It must be installed in matching pairs. Your system should support up to 2 gig of RAM. If you are currently using only two memory boards you can double your current memory for $110.

http://www.archmemory.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category=33426

You can always buy a USB 2 card for you system so thats not a problem.

I think you would be better off doing as big bear syggests and use the money to get a new case, motherboard and standard memory.
 

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Thanks a lot. These replies help my understanding of the situation. I had considered and rejected the idea of putting more memory into it - partly because I am not experienced in installing it, partly because compatibility might be a concern, and finally to avoid sinking good money after bad.

Seems like I need a new system. Will see if I can make this one work for the time being, and look to buy a system locally to reuse my hard drive and peripherals.

Thanks again for all the help and information.
 
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