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Upgrade my motherboard


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#1 OneSillyBilly

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Posted 06 January 2011 - 12:00 PM

I have a Gigabyte GA-7VM400AM(F)motherboard with a Semperon 2400+ which has started to run very slow.
Would my PC be any faster if I put in a higher rated CPU. I'm going to put in another 512 ram module to bring it up to the maximum 1025 MBytes so I hope this will help.
Like everyone else the funds do not stretch too far these days so I have a limited budget and this is only a home PC as I'm not a gamer.
Thanks for your advice.


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Posted 06 January 2011 - 01:28 PM

Unless you can get a CPU for next to nothing, or ideally free, I wouldn't put a new CPU in it. Every penny you put into this current setup is money you won't see again, nothing can be moved to a modern system.

RAM will definitely help (I assume you are running XP). Besides the RAM, cleaning up XP by cutting off background programs/cleaning up the programs that autostart will do a lot to help. How many processes do you have running when you go into "Taskmanager", what is the CPU usage when idle? I usually like to see 32 (on average) or less processes running on a normal system. Sometimes you can get over 50 processes running, taking up CPU time, if you don't watch what loads.

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Posted 06 January 2011 - 01:53 PM

I completely agree with dpunisher on this one mate.

The cost effectiveness of a new cpu wont be justified, and adding more RAM is much cheaper, and a much better/easier solution.

The usual course of action such as a defrag should be done also.

Are you familiar with MSCONFIG?

If you need any help getting your system to run faster using what it already has available, we can surely help you out there.
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#4 OneSillyBilly

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Posted 06 January 2011 - 06:26 PM

Thanks for your posts guys.
What sort of money are we talking about to upgrade the motherboard then? Are they easy to fit? Will they come with CPU & Ram? I suppose we are talking in hundreds now aint we?
I appreciate your input and if a new motherboard is too expensive I might suck my dummy and go for some new memory but I will certainly take your tip and use a couple of cleaner programs.

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Posted 06 January 2011 - 07:15 PM

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 07:19 AM

A new motherboard can be purchased but then ur looking at compatibility issues from your old hardware on your new board, and end up having to replace alot more then you need to. Unless the MOBO went bad I dont suggest replacing it, in your case. Motherboard usually dont come with a CPU and RAM when you buy them, but you can surely find bundles online that include those parts.
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Posted 07 January 2011 - 06:01 PM

Well you have all been a great help and I'll look around and see what I can get or else I'll just have to put up with what I have until I win the lottery.....!!

Thanks once again and have a Happy New Year.

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 06:15 PM

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