In 2001, I bought an HP Pavilion 7955 (specs.
). It still serves me well, but I have made a few improvements.
I have replaced the original HD with a 100G Maxtor drive, and recently added another 300G drive. I have added 512M RAM, bringing the total up to 768. When the original CD drive crapped out, I put in a Lite-On CD/DVD R/W drive. (I had to do that before I changed out the c: drive, since I wanted to install XP clean, and I needed to copy a whole lot of stuff to DVD first.) The original DVD-R is still in there - it hasn't been used a whole lot.
The original motherboard is running a P4 at 1.5G. So it's old and slow. What I'm looking for is advice on how I can either speed up the system, or if that is not feasible, the most painless way to replace the MB. My biggest problem is that I have been using the HP recovery CDs for this particular machine whenever I have needed to re-install the OS - I doubt if they would work on anything but
the HP 7955. So I would also have to buy XP if I swap out the MB.
Would I be better off buying a kit and starting from scratch? I have never built a computer from the ground up, but I am sure it would not be outside of my abilities. I have not been able to find specs. for this power supply. If I do build, I'm wondering if the one that's in this computer now would be adequate, since there are a few things in this machine that I wouldn't be putting into a new one. Or would age warrant buying a new P/S?
So, any suggestions?