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Advice Please - Newbie Build

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Posted · Original PosterOP



Need some advice please.

Building a PC, its not going to light anyone's world on fire, but it will do.

Uses: Playing older games (battlefield 2 / battlefield 1942 / that 2005 era) plus my daughter to learn PC basics, homework, Win10, Office 2019, etc.


Dont want anything fancy as the PC is likely to get beaten up by a 1yr old.



I have some donor motherboards & CPUs and not sure which would be best.


Option 1:

Gigabyte GA-MA785GT-UD3H Motherboard with a Phenom II X2 255 CPU


Option 2:

A Dell Precision T3500 with a Intel® Xeon® Processor W3530 


I'm leaning towards Option 2. Is that right?


Cheers for the advice in advance!




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Battlefield 2, 1942, and even 2142... great series by the way would run on any of these machines. I would recommend option 1 as it doesn't use OEM parts, the Dell would be limited in expandability as parts for it would need to come from Dell, if you were to upgrade it, like memory or cpu.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Cheers, Heard that Dell did limit the upgrade options, but wasn't aware of the memory.

2142 was good as well! Having a "reliving my youth" moment.


Cheers all.

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