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Video Card & Hard Drive Upgrade?


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#1 BambooP

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 04:49 PM

Hi- I have a

Compaq Presario SR1110NX
325 Intel Celeron D Processor
256MB DDR SDRAM (in 1 slot, second slot is empty)
40 GB Ultra DMA hard drive
Runs Windows XP
Intel Extreme Graphics video card
Power supply says: 1AC INPUT 100-127V~ 6.0A; 200-240V~ 3.0A
Motherboard: Micro-star Intl Gamila/Giovani/Neon series 030, bus clock 133 megahertz, BIOS- Phoenix Technologies 3.10

I've been having a lot of trouble with website graphics and streaming video (computer gets bogged down, stalls and starts, video freezes while audio continues) and thought I just needed a new computer. A friend suggested I upgrade my RAM and that would fix most of my problems. He says I can upgrade to 2 GB (1 stick of 1GB RAM per slot).

My question is- should I also upgrade my hard drive and video cards? My hard drive only has 4.1 GB of free space. And will upgrading the graphics card help my video quality any more than upgrading the RAM will?

Primarily I use my desktop for surfing the internet, downloading music, streaming videos/movies (hulu, etc), uploading photos, editing my flash website (wix.com-point & click commands only), and occasionally simple point and click video games.

If I should upgrade video cards- what are some good suggestions? Will I need to worry about my power supply?

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 04:59 PM

woah only 4.1 gig of free space? Id dare say thats probably 75% of your problem right there-a hard drive that full can bog down a computer. Defragmenting, and deleting unneeded files would be a good idea, or perhaps either replacing it with a larger drive or perhaps just adding another and moving files over it it. . . memory upgrade couldnt hurt either. my advice is find some way to free up hard drive space and more ram.

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 06:53 PM

1. For an overall performance boost, I'd suggest a MEMORY (Ram) + STORAGE (HD) upgrade!

RAM: If your motherboard supports a max. of 2GB, a 1GB stick for each slot should do it.
Be sure to check the specifications of the memory modules(RAM) you need.

HD: A High-Capacity/7200RPM/16MB Cache/IDE Hard Disk will suffice. (no SATA ports)


2. For a decent video card, a decent power power supply is a must.
Although, an average video card (low power consumption) can be considered to improve the playback of videos, if you feel the Intel graphics chipset doesn't cope well.

However, given the specifications of your PC, a video card upgrade would seem unwise.
I WOULD rather spend it on the HD & RAM.

My 2 Cents. :thumbsup:

Edited by ReviverSoft, 20 April 2010 - 06:58 PM.

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 12:27 AM

Thanks for the great info! ReviverSoft, I've looked at hard drives that seem to be compatible with my system and all of them only have a cache of 8mb. Will that still work?

http://www.archmemory.com/memory.cfm/Compa...-SR1110NX-21408

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 06:22 PM

Well, the cache poses no question of compatibility.
More cache = faster read/write times = better performance !

A 16MB cache model: WD 500GB | 16M cache | 7200 RPM

Other options:

250 -320 GB | 8MB cache | 7200 RPM

With the advent of SATA (v1,2&3) HDs, IDE ones are slowly dying out.

Good luck with the upgrades! :thumbsup:

Edited by ReviverSoft, 21 April 2010 - 06:23 PM.

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