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Upgrade or New System?

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#1 DarrylCady


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Posted 26 December 2008 - 08:05 PM

I am running a Gateway 2000, 500 Mhz, 384 MB machine purchased in early 2000. I have upgraded the hard drive to 120 GB and still have the old 20 GB for backup of my data. I have also upgraded the CD Rom to CD/RW, which works great. The system runs pretty well, but slows down from time to time and freezes. I am running WinXP SP3 and using AVG for anti-virus. Should I invest in a new motherboard and processor or just bite the bullet and get a new system? If I keep this system is it a good ideal to purchase a 2.0 USB card. I am using the 1.0 USB built into the existing mother board from Gateway, with 2 USB hubs. I use Firefox and Thunderbird. My wife uses AOL, and there is most of the problem. I mean AOL, not my wife.



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#2 garmanma


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Posted 26 December 2008 - 09:07 PM

AOL is probably the biggest reason for the hangups. Only you, can tell you how to spend your money. If you're talking about a new motherboard and CPU, you might as well go ahead and build a new one. Bear in mind you'll have to buy an OS, you can't just swap hard drives, so you might think Vista.
As far as USB add-on cards, they're fairly cheap
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