I have two old Pentium 4 PC's that i'm looking to combine parts from and upgrade to make 1 PC that will be a decent runner. I don't want to spend much money as it's not worth due to their age.
It will be used as a general PC, just for surfing and watching films, listening to music/downloading etc and editing a few docs, nothing more.
Model: DELL Dimension 4500
OS: XP Home
Processor: P4 2.53Ghz
RAM: 1 Stick of 512GB PC2100 266Mhz DDR SD ram (2 Slots in Total)
HD: 80Gb Saegate
Issues: CD drive broken, Full with data - only 5gb left on HD
Model: Packard Bell iMedia 5067
OS: XP Home
Processor: P4 3.00Ghz
Ram: 2 sticks of 256Mb PC2700 333Mhz DDR SD Ram (2 Slots in total)
Graphics: GeForce MX440 TV 64MB AGP
HD: Seagate 80GB
Issues: Graphics do not display properly even with correct driver installed, some elements on the screen are scrambled, and simply mess up. I have come to the conclusion the card must be broken.
Now what I was thinking of doing is upgrading the Packard bell as it's the faster of the two by adding 2 1GB sticks of ram, installing a cheap HD graphics card and a fresh windows 7 install (if possible). Then installing the HD from the Dell into it along side the regular HD. However the Packard bell only has 1 HD bay, I suppose I could remove one of the cd drives and install an HD adaptor in there?
So my questions are....
Is this a viable/the best option?
Is it worth it, considering component pricing?
Are there any problems I would be likely to encounter?
Is it possible to get capable cheap AGP HD graphics card?
Should I consider doing something else?
Any help greatly appreciated....