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Dell Dimension E520

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  1. newguy24 New Member

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    ok i found this PC at a garage-sale for 10$... haven't tested it...has no GPU card ...has no monitor/keyboard and mouse....I have powered it on with a power cord and seems to boot up...the guy said it didn't have any issues just missing parts..i figure for 10$ i cant go wrong.....what a good place to get spare parts for this too make it a decent PC for my mom and dad(no ebay account, and new-egg is little too high)...it has a GIG memory in it and has a 160HD in it...power unit..mobo..cooler...cd/dvd drive...cd/dvfd burner....floppy...which idk if they work but to start need a monitor and gpu card...what do you guys suggest??? here is the service tag if anyone can help me pull up HARDWARE info on it i would be grateful....3bnr2c1......... thanks!

    150-200$ MAX to play with cheaper the better
    used parts/open box/refurbished ......is fine!! just trying to make a cheap PC to go on internet and play music..nothing crazy... i have speakers....not good ones but i do have... for the parents
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    openbox on newegg, or go craigslisting :)
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    It has a G965 chipset, which has built in graphics.

    Dell™ Dimension™ E520 Owner’s Manual pdf

    Dell™ Dimension™ E520 Service Manual page

    System Board Components

    About Your Computer

    Specifications in spoiler:
    Processor type
    Intel® Pentium® 4
    Intel® Pentium® D
    Intel® Core™ 2 Duo

    NOTE: Not all Pentium 4 processors support Hyper-Threading technology.

    Level 1 (L1) cache
    32 KB
    Level 2 (L2) cache
    1 MB for Pentium 4 5XX processors (with Hyper Threading)
    2 MB for Pentium 4 6XX processors (with Hyper Threading)
    2 x 2 MB for Pentium D 9XX processors (with dual core)
    2 x 1 MB for Pentium D 8XX processors (with dual core)
    256K for Celeron® D 3XX processors
    2 MB for Intel Core™ E6400 processors and earlier
    4 MB for Intel Core™ E6600 processors and later

    Memory

    Type
    533-MHz, 667-MHz, and 800-MHz dual DDR2 unbuffered SDRAM

    Memory connectors
    four

    Memory capacities
    256 MB, 512 MB, or 1 GB non-ECC

    Maximum memory
    4 GB

    NOTE: See Addressing Memory With 4-GB Configurations to verify the amount of memory available to the operating system.

    BIOS address
    F0000h

    Computer Information

    Chipset
    Intel G965 Express Chipset

    RAID Support
    RAID 1 (Mirroring)

    DMA channels
    eight

    Interrupt levels
    24

    BIOS chip (NVRAM)
    4 MB

    NIC
    integrated network interface capable of 10/100 communication

    System clock
    533-MHz, 800-MHz, or 1066-MHz data rate

    Video

    Type
    integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X3000 (Intel® GMA X3000)

    PCI Express

    Audio

    Type
    Sigmatel 9227

    Expansion Bus

    Bus type
    PCI 2.3
    PCI Express x1 and x16

    Bus speed
    PCI: 33 MHz

    PCI Express:

    x1 slot bidirectional speed - 500 MB/s

    x16 slot bidirectional speed - 8 GB/s

    PCI

    connectors
    two

    connector size
    120 pins

    connector data width (maximum)
    32 bits

    PCI Express

    connector
    one x1

    connector size
    36 pins

    connector data width (maximum)
    1 PCI Express lane

    PCI Express

    connector
    one x16

    connector size
    164 pins

    connector data width (maximum)
    16 PCI Express lanes

    Drives

    Externally accessible:

    Bays
    two 5.25-inch drive bays

    one 3.5-inch drive bay (FlexBay)

    Available devices
    Serial ATA drives (4), floppy drive, USB memory devices, CD/DVD drive, and Media Card Reader

    Internally accessible:
    two bays for 1-inch high serial ATA hard drives

    Connectors

    External connectors:

    Video
    15-hole connector

    Network adapter
    RJ-45 connector

    USB
    two front-panel and six back-panel USB 2.0-compliant connectors

    Audio
    six connectors for 7.1 support

    System board connectors:

    Serial ATA (SATA)
    four 7-pin connectors

    FlexBay Drive
    one USB 10-pin header (with one pin removed for keying) for optional Media Card Reader (3.5-inch bay device)

    Floppy drive
    one 34-pin connector

    Fan
    one 5-pin connector

    PCI 2.3
    two 120-pin connectors

    PCI Express x1
    one 36-pin connector

    PCI Express x16
    one 164-pin connector

    Controls and Lights

    Power button
    push button

    Power light
    green light — Blinking green in sleep state; solid green for power-on state.

    amber light — Blinking amber indicates a problem with the power supply inside the computer. If the system cannot boot and there is a solid amber light, a problem with the system board may exist (see Power Lights).

    Hard drive access light
    green

    Link integrity light (on integrated network adapter)
    green light — A good connection exists between the network and the computer.

    off (no light) — The computer is not detecting a physical connection to the network.

    Activity light (on integrated network adapter)
    yellow blinking light

    Diagnostic lights
    four lights on the front panel (see Diagnostic Lights)

    Standby power light
    STBYLED on the system board

    Power

    DC power supply:

    Wattage
    305 W

    Maximum heat dissipation
    1040 BTU/hr

    Voltage (see the safety instructions located in the Product Information Guide for important voltage setting information)
    Manually selectable: 90 to 135 V and 180 to 265 V at 50/60 Hz

    Backup battery
    3-V CR2032 lithium coin cell

    Physical

    Height
    41.4 cm (16.3 inches)

    Width
    18.8 cm (7.4 inches)

    Depth
    45.7 cm (18.0 inches)

    Weight
    12.7 kg (28.0 lb)

    Edit: Make a want to buy thread in the B/S/T area and see what turns up.:)
  4. Frick

    Frick Fishfaced Nincompoop

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    Which CPU is it? Get another gigabyte of RAM and a e4/6xxx CPU and you have yourself a pretty good computer for the avarage home user.

    Did it come with a Windows key?
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    yes it has a windows key on it...just need a monitor cord to see if it boots up... i thought i needed a GPU card but i guess from above comment it has one built in...dam i wish i had a monitor cord laying around haha.
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    anyone have any ideas for parts?? need compatible ones....used or refurbished open-box on newegg seems expensive... i found a gpu card for like 39$ but idk if i trust the site and if its compatible with system....thanks for the help guys here a picture of inside if it helps


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    anyone on any help of cheap parts?
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    It already have a graphic card, so unless you want to play some games you'll be fine. If you want some light gaming, I'd say search ebay (or this place) for a HD4670 or something that doesn't use a lot of power and is pretty cheap. Another gigabyte of memory will set you back .. $15 maybe? And you should be able to find a e4/e6xxx CPU for about €30ish. Do all that and you have yourself a pretty darn good machine you only spent $60-70 on.
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    im thinking monitor will be the hardest to find cheap...you would say a new CPU?
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    That's not bad for $10US.

    If you know any computer repair stores around i am sure they would have budget monitors and keyboards out the back somewhere.

    I have messed with those DELLs and have found them ok, just not having PS/2 on them.

    Plus most of the users had an expired Norton, plus a free anitvirus running on Vista with tons of mini games and tons of malware.
  13. newguy24 New Member

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    ok here is another thing....this system was really dirty i have it all apart and cleaned....i see mobo on new-egg for like 40$ is it work replacing the mother board?? if so how do i know which on will fit?? and be compatible with all the OG components
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    anyone?? help with alittle bit on a package of parts for this system?? monitor...keyboard...memory...gpu...possible CPU and possible MOBO just something good and cheap... 200$ max thanks!
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    stop being an idiot okay i said it now

    use your own monitor plug it into the vga port in back you can use a DVI cable just use a DVI to VGA adaptor which should have come with the GPU you bought for your system,

    now once done turn machine on does it boot and run if yes

    go to best buy buy a $99 1600x900 Acer VGA lcd,
    grab a cheapo 2x2gb DDR2 kit or grab another 1gb stick of DDR2 that matches whats in the machine

    if the gpu isnt enough grab a cheap 5450 off newegg pop it in the machine presto done.
    Sapphire 5450 if you need it, $35 after rebate $25
    SAPPHIRE 100291DDR3L Radeon HD 5450 512MB 64-bit D...
    1gb DDR2 800mhz $16
    Kingston 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400...
    Hanns G 1440x900 19inch LCD widescreen $99
    Hanns·G HW-191APB Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Mo...

    total cost $160 with the $10 you already spent included

    that gives you w.e the machine has in it probably a pentium 4 / D / Core 2 Duo most likely its a Pentium D or Pentium 4 either way add that in a gpu capable of hardware accelleration in todays internet browsers, along with 2gb of ram with a 160gb hdd means the family will have a pc thats good enough depending on what exact core 2 duo cpus the mobo supports you can get a cheapo dual core

    if the mobo supports it
    http://cgi.ebay.com/1-86GHz-Intel-C...9SA-/200604379902?pt=CPUs&hash=item2eb4f3eafe
    1.86ghz dual core E6300 thats $25 more so total cost then would be $185 for a dual core system with 2gb of ram 5450 and 160gb hdd, with half that cost being just the monitor itself.

    Now not to sound like a dick but that took 30 seconds of brain power to figure out ppl already posted all the info you needed

    the board has PCIe x16 1.0 slot x1
    it uses ddr2
    supports P4 PD Core 2 Duo
    the mobo has an IGP,
    u should have the hardware on hand to test it without needed anything else. not rocket science, im just gonna guess laziness :roll: which happens to us all lol
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    hahahaha thanks i guess....and im the idiot?? haha

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