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#1 bhicks

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Posted 15 May 2010 - 10:35 PM

So i was given an old somewhat custom pc and i want to make it better but don't know weather it will be worth it. The ram is 96mb total pc100, hard drive is a western digital wd400 40gb 2mb cache ATA 100. don't know motherboard or anything else but do know that the computer does boot up and run just realy slow.found an IDE to SATA converter on newegg from vantec but need to find out if computer will work properly with newer hard drive without a costly overhaul, thanks.

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#2 DJBPace07

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Posted 16 May 2010 - 12:53 AM

Your PC limited more by the RAM than the newer hard drive. As information is accessed by the CPU, it comes from the RAM, which is faster than the hard drive. If there isn't enough RAM, the hard drive can take its place as a far slower alternative. If you really, really want to keep this PC, I would run something like CPUz to find out the motherboard and look into adding more RAM before considering a hard drive upgrade. The exception to this is if you have simply ran out of space and need more room for files.

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Posted 21 May 2010 - 10:39 PM

Yeah, you would benefit much more from a RAM upgrade. Find the motherboard manual online, and find out the maximum memory you can have per slot on your motherboard. Buy some RAM off eBay or somewhere else and install. Make sure you buy RAM that is compatible with your system.




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