DPete27 wrote:It is true that modern systems run considerably cooler than systems from 6 years ago, dont get too scared about the reduced front air vents on the new dell cases.
Brent00 wrote:I have a Dell Dimension computer I bought 6 years ago that currently runs XP Pro. When I ordered it, I had it modified with 2 GB of RAM at the time in anticipation of Vista, but never bought Vista. It also has a 3.5 inch disk drive that I'd like to keep (for old time sake; still have several diskettes).
I particularly like the computer casing design. The good thing about the design of the computer casing is that it has plenty of open venting around the hard drive for air cooling. I live in a desert region of the country and so far have not had any problems with the machine overheating during the summers. From what I can tell of the more recent casing designs that Dell is using, they don't have the same venting as this casing, so I'd like to keep this computer casing and just upgrade the workings inside (CPU, motherboard, and RAM).
Does anyone here know whether or not you can send your computer to Dell and request an upgrade of the hardware inside? Would they even consider doing that? Or would they try steering you to purchase an existing model? Can't they put one of their newer models hardware into an older casing? I'm not really sure if this is done at all.
Barring that, how difficult and expensive might it be to have this kind of upgrading done by someone? I originally paid $1300 for the unit, and it's still running fine (knock on wood!).
Any and all opinions appreciated.
Brent00 wrote:Looks as though I'm better off just purchasing a new machine when the time comes and leaving it at that.
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