Help for a new guy?

JackKnife53

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First off, I've been coming to this site for help for a while now; never made an account because most of my answers I found. I recently purchased a Dell Dimension 3000 tower from a friend for 25 bucks, figured why not? lol I'm just curious if anyone has a custom build specification I could use; or rather, if I should sell it (if I can get my money back lol).
 

JackKnife53

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Windows XP (but I think it needs a reboot), 512MB RAM, 40 GB hard drive, Intel Celeron processor. >.> It's a Dimension 1100, my bad. lol
 

JackKnife53

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is it not worth transforming? lol
 

Turb0Yoda

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no. Not with the celeron. Unless you can upgrade it to an i3/i5 somehow... What socket? I am guessing LGA 775.
 

jaraldo

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($82.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.92 @ Amazon)
Video Card: HIS Radeon R9 280 3GB IceQ OC Video Card ($189.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $590.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-09 22:58 EDT-0400)

50+fps on ultra settings BF4
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2013/11/27/battlefield-4-performance-analysis/3
60+fps in Arma3 utlra setting
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-750-ti-review,3750-7.html
45fps in watch dogs ultra setting
www.tomshardware.com/reviews/watch-dogs-pc-performance,3833-6.html

I got you a great motherboard which won't overheat like many others. It's has 8+2VRM that has heatsinks and it is able to crossfire as well as manage some mild overclocking.
https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AgN1D79Joo7tdE9xMUFlMEVWeFhuckJEVF9aMmtpUFE&gid=3

Because the mobo is pretty good, you could hold off for a few weeks to get a real CPU cooler, but for that time the stock one will hold alright.

Now, if you need the operating system to, you are going to have settle for something small but upgradable. It could be around $500/550 and play these games at good FPS but medium settings.

Tell me what you think of the build so far :)
 

JackKnife53

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This sounds badass, really bad ass. lol gonna toss this Dimension soon to get that.
 

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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/JGPJmG
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/JGPJmG/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/JGPJmG/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($144.97 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.78 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $630.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-10 17:27 EDT-0400)
 

jaraldo

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hehe glad you like it :p

Lol I forgot you had a case, I included the case in the price xD so we could upgrade you to the 8320 CPU.

Well you could save me a lot of time if you could open it up and find the dimensions of it. As it's really had to google "dimension 1110 dimensions" :lol:

It looks fairly big though, if you could download Speccy and get me your motherboard model I could be sure.
http://www.piriform.com/speccy

Edit: I think I found it, can you confirm your mobo looks like this? or if you can find a model it would help.
http://www.ascendtech.us/dell-dimension-3000-motherboard-n6381_i_mb4deldimen3000.aspx

 

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