Upgrading for Vista -- is any of my old Dell Precision 530MT worth transplanting?
Posted on 2006-07-03
I have a Dell Precision workstation 530MT with dual Xeon processors at 2.1GHz, 1GB Ram, two SCSI drives, a CD RW burner/DVD reader, a Sony double layer DVD burner/reader, an Audigy 2 soundcard, and a nVidia 128MB dual graphics card. According to MS, this ought to be adequate for Vista. However, the machine is old (about five years now) and is increasingly unreliable. Memory seems to be the problem. The power supply has also been a repeated problem; this is about the fourth one in the machine. Time to upgrade. But I hate leaving behind the SCSI disks and the burners/readers. What are my chances of successfully transplanting that equipment to something like a Dell Precision 690 or an XPS Extreme box? Any suggestions on whether to go with the Precision line or the XPS line? I'm even receptive to the suggestion of forcing a couple of more years out of the 530MT; it will be under an extended service agreement until April 2007.
Dell is having a sale on "select Precision workstations" that ends 7/5, so there is some urgency to this, which is why I have assigned it 350 points. It's not difficult, just of some priority (at least, I think it's not difficult).