Posted 27 April 2009 - 12:42 PM
I am looking to upgrade my current computer. Since it is running Windows XP and all new ones come with Windows Vista (puke), I really want to make this one work. I have been running Windows Vista on my laptop and I'm not happy with it. However, this desktop has been running really slow lately, taking 10-20 second breaks, and revving like it was racing Vin Diesel in the next The Fast and Furious movie, usually while in Mozilla Firefox or when AVG 8.5 Scans.
Point of note: This computer crashed about 3 years back, so I bought a 1 GB Hard drive, where it normally had a less than half of that. During the recovery process, the guy loaded his Windows XP version onto my computer, because he couldn't figure out how to make my Compaq recovery disks work (those are long gone). I do have a 250 GB External Hard drive.
Here's my specs. Give me some advice.
Compaq Presario 5000
Microsoft Windows XP
Service Pack 3
Intel Pentium 4 CPU 1.60 GHz, 1.59 GHz, 1.00 GB RAM
Standard Disk Drive with drivers intstalled.
Compaq DVD rom GDR8160B -does not play DVD's since crash and restore, but does play CD's and burns CD's
NVIDIA GeForce2 MX 100/200 (I have a NVIDIA GeForce 4 4600 that I never installed. I had to buy a new fan, and I'm not 100% on how to install. Do I glue it? If so, what kind of glue? )
Intel 82801BA Bus Master IDE Cotnroller
Texas Instruments OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
PCTEL Platinum V.90 Modem
1394 Net Adapter
Intel PRO/100 VM Network Connection
Intel 82801BA/BAM AC'97 Audio Controller
Am I missing something?
Thanks in advance for any comments or advice. I am really new at this stuff, but I figure I can learn, so there you are. What I am looking for is both a list of recommend parts and maybe some links to tutorials on how to implement those new parts. Thanks again.