Buying a computer system/upgrading old computer

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Hi,
My mom has an old dell computer(Dell Dimension 55150D Intel (r) Celeron 1300MHz 1.3 GHz 128 MB of RAM and 18.6 GB HDD ).

Can I upgrade this old beast or should we get a cheap PC(under $250??) or laptop? We're all really strapped for cash.
tony

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There's likely *some* things you could upgrade, but it will not get much more modern than it already is (it's just the nature of things), and the money probably won't go as far as you'd like. My best advice would be to replace the machine if possible; personally I would suggest a refurbished machine from a liquidator, like Computer Geeks:
http://www.geeks.com/products.asp?cat=SYS

Something like this would be a considerable improvement:
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=DC5700SFF-DC180-MAR-2R&cat=SYS

It includes an operating system COA as well, so it should just need a monitor and whatever other peripherals you'd like (speakers, scanner, etc) - which you should be able to just migrate from your existing machine.

This one includes a larger hard-drive, if that's a needed feature:
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=OPTI-745-PD30-MAR-R&cat=SYS

If you have any further questions, feel free to ask.

-bob

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I have nearly two decades of experience in IT, computer repair, and related fields and will attempt to provide the most solid, brand-agnostic advice when it comes time to purchase a new computer, or upgrade an existing machine. I can answer anything from the seemingly basic to the downright complicated - and will do my best to provide this information in a clear and concise manner.

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