(Help!) Dell Optiplex GX280 Upgrade?

Discussion in 'Computer Hardware, Devices and Accessories' started by SixSenseEagle, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. SixSenseEagle

    SixSenseEagle Newbie

    I have a Dell Optiplex GX280, and im trying to upgrade it.

    Here's my specs:
    Pentium 4
    3.40 Ghz...
    504 MB of ram... NO NO NO!!!!!

    What video card would be suitable for me, and also ram?.
  2. Originality

    Originality Chibi-neko

    Apr 21, 2008
    London, UK
    I would hazard a guess that you'll be limited in the RAM you can add (sounds like DDR RAM, not DDR2).

    For the video card, that depends on what expansion ports (AGP/PCIe) are available on the motherboard and the power supply you have. If your PSU isn't strong enough, you can't add a video card, so you'll have to upgrade that first.

    I personally think it'd be better to buy a new system from scratch, but that's just me (because I can afford it).
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  3. Fishaman P

    Fishaman P Speedrunner

    Jan 2, 2010
    United States
    Since you'll be limited to an AGP card (most likely), the ATI Radeon HD 4670 is pretty damn fast.
    If you don't need something that... nevermind, it's low-mid range.

    RAM: Check to see what your mobo supports, then load it up with the highest capacity and speed it takes.
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  4. Magsor

    Magsor I am watching you

    Dec 1, 2010
    Your system is not worth an upgrade. You can buy a better system for 50$
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  5. raulpica

    raulpica With your drill, thrust to the sky!

    Oct 23, 2007
    PowerLevel: 9001
    What Magsor said, you'll be spending more on a mediocre upgrade for your system than for a used Core2 Duo, which is a decent system by itself.

    You have DDR1 ram, which is SLOW and EXPENSIVE. You can even stuff 2GBs in there, it'll still be slow.

    You have an IGP (integrated graphics), which sucks. As you're limited to AGP, you pretty much have NO upgrade choices except buying something used, usually for foolish prices since people think AGP = ULTRARAER, MUST SELL AT A HIGH PRIEC.

    Your CPU is a P4 with a 478 socket which is... crap. Probably a 400/533 FSB model too, which are slow as heck.
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  6. Joe88

    Joe88 [λ]

    Jan 6, 2008
    United States
    in conclusion

    not worth it, save up your money and buy a new computer
    you will be spending more money to upgrade this computer with old/outdated/ and ultra slow parts then you would buying a new computer
  7. Originality

    Originality Chibi-neko

    Apr 21, 2008
    London, UK

    At least when I said it, I tried to sound supportive. You guys just dived in guns blazing!
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  8. BlazerX

    BlazerX GBAtemp Regular

    May 17, 2010
    United States
    So True take cover
  9. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    Alas in the last few months I figured out trying to sound supportive usually sees me spending a few hours slicing up my hands and maybe resoldering a few capacitors to fix something that could almost as easily be sidelined/replaced (and if I bothered to charge for labour and they went for some of the nice refurb systems out there almost certainly including the time I take to configure the new system/transfer any files).
  10. Engert

    Engert I love me

    Jan 21, 2012
    United States
    The best thing to do with a GX280 is throw it in the trash since any < $300 dollar system in NewEgg is ten times better than that piece of crap.
  11. Psionic Roshambo

    Psionic Roshambo GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Aug 12, 2011
    United States
    Best upgrade options for that antique?

    Look for people throwing out old PC's and take them home, many of them should be about the same type of specs and probably contain the upgrades you would also be looking for.

    With any luck the first PC you find will have some 512MB sticks in it and maybe a decent video card of the era.

    Zero money spent you get some upgrades and the money you would spend can be spent on something better.
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