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Rebuild or new?
If you like the tower and are satisfied with the way it looks and the space inside you can replace all hardware inside. You will need to know the form factor of the case and what form factor motherboard it can accomodate. You will then have a brand new computer.
From my experience OEM towers are basically bare bones crap. I would spend the money and just buy a new tower along with all the other hardware. As old as that machine is you will not want any of its hardware on your new build. That would bew like putting a lawn mower engine in a BMW.
You can totally rebuild by replacing everything in the tower. But you can pick out a nice tower that will add aesthetic value to your computer. I would start from scratch and build a new computer.
You gave the only spec that matters
That's a 10yr. old PC and in PCs that's ancient. Sure, it could be rebuild but could only be done up to a certain point as being the best it can be. That would fall short of any relatively new offering now just being basic would outstrip the old PC. Plus, the main factor unless access to cheap parts is cost. The cost alone maybe not worth it other than a learning experience. Get a newer or new PC in the 3yr. and above range.
You really have not given what your...
objective are. Pile of crap is not a good description. Also what your Dad's reason for his thinking...is it money or what. I have computer that are 10+ years old and I still using them.
My dad does not realize that the pc is not quite what I need or what we need in general. It runs web browsers and a few simple programs which is not what I am needing it for. My dad constantly says it only need to be rebuilt and the software changed but that isn't it. It is a dell XPS 420 3Gb of ram, Intel (core) 2 duo CPU, 32 bit operating system running windows vista. I am wanting to use it for gaming and it isn't quite what I need. The graphics card "crashes" Whenever I run any games even in low res it still crashes. I am currently trying to convince him to instead put money into a newer gaming based Pc and I am getting no where with any of it.
that's less than 10 years ago!
"It is a dell XPS 420 3Gb of ram, Intel (core) 2 duo CPU, 32 bit operating system running windows vista."
Your dad is correct, that's still a pretty good computer for most things OTHER than gaming. Sounds like it's time you got a summer job and bought your own gaming computer.
The problem is that it has slowed down a lot from when it was running at its prime and I've gone through done as much optimization as possible to try and make it run as fast as possible and it still isn't as fast as it used to be. not even close actually.
Lots of reasons for it to slow.
3GB RAM is a clue so I won't duplicate the web about pairs of ram, etc.
You also have ancient hard drives (today they can be faster) and then I see no updates in 8 years so why should it run any better without a little fresh gear?
boot it, then check task manager
see how much RAM is loaded at boot. Look at the programs running, check unknowns on the internet. You may find some more optimization candidates. Consider turning off Anti virus while playing games, but not for online games.