I have an HP Pavillion 6553 that I bought in 1999. I brought it up to about 2003 game standards by changing the hard drive, adding a second, putting in a DVDR / CDRW combo drive, maxing out the memory (256MB), adding a graphics card, installing a higher wattage power supply, a new sound card, and replacing the old 468 MHz on the 66 MHz FSB CPU with one that runs at 1.1 GHz on the jumper-selectable 100 MHz FSB. In short, all that's still stock is the motherboard and case. This was all done over a period of about 4 years, at a very minimal cost - much less than that of a new computer. I left 98SE on it as the OS because:
1) I have a separate XP computer.
2) 256 MB of memory isn't enough to run XP efficiently.
3) I have many programs that I can't run on XP; like a home publishing app that I have and many of my games.
4) My scanner has no XP drivers available, but works too good to just junk.
I networked the 98SE box with the XP box and can share files and a printer, so I can use the 98SE programs for creating projects and scans and import them with the XP box for printing or editing.
Edited by Tweener, 11 February 2009 - 11:35 AM.