raymac46 Posted March 30, 2022 Share Posted March 30, 2022 Frankly I find it unbelievable that you can have a 14 year old PC that can run a modern O/S and still be useful and snappy. The stars have to align , but it's possible - just consider my Dell Inspiron 530. A lot of things came together, and those are the things you need to look for if you want to get an old machine to make new again. It's a desktop. A 14 year old laptop would have a lousy display and little chance of upgrading. It's a wide mid-tower. Lots of room to work in and add parts. Unlike a lot of Dells, it has a standard ATX motherboard. You can replace an old power supply with something more substantial and beefy. There's room to add a graphics card as it has PCI-e capability. Intel graphics from 2008 are pretty bad. It has lots of USB ports for wifi and wireless peripherals. It will boot from a USB thumbdrive. That is key to being able to install a modern distro. The BIOS can be updated to support up to 8GB of RAM. It supports DDR2 RAM which you can get cheap and it's fast enough for most purposes. It has a flexible and long serving LGA775 CPU socket which will support the fastest dual core chips Intel made in the 'Naughties. It has SATA 1 which is pretty slow but at least you can put in a cheap SSD. It was one of the first Dells made offshore but it has a pretty good Foxconn motherboard that was built to last. So in summary I would say that this Dell is one of the first of the new generation desktops that made many earlier machines obsolete. Obviously things got better since then but many of the features in the Dell Inspiron from 2008 are still around today. I'm lucky to have it. 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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