About 3-4 years ago, my family subscribed to an internet service provider that had a bundle. The bundle included your regular internet connections and also a free Lenovo 3000 J series computer. Upon using it, I was fairly happy with playing small web browser related games. The word processing and web surfing was decent but after a year or two, I desired a more powerful computer.
Since my family did not want to be wasteful, they suggested I upgrade the J series. So I called my more computer-handy friend over and he helped me upgrade parts of my computer.
The original specs were:
2 sticks of 512 MB RAM (DDR2)
AMD sempron 3400+ at 1.8ghz (AM2 socket)
A Lenovo Model L-NC51M motherboard with integrated nvidia 6100 graphics card
80gb hard drive
290 watt power supply
Windows Vista Home basic
My friend upgraded my computer to:
3GB ram (one 2GB stick and one 1GB stick)(DDR2)
Radeon HD 4670 1GB DDR2 graphics card
450 watt power supply
So the motherboard, processor and hard drive are still the same. Right now I am wondering what processor to upgrade to.
My computer friend suggested I use the AMD Athlon II X2 250 Dual Core Processor http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=56116&vpn=ADX250OCGMBOX&manufacture=AMD
Even though that processor is a AM3 socket, my friend said it should also fit into my AM2 motherboard. But he said I might need a BIOs upgrade for my motherboard.
Besides the processor upgrade, I also want to get a better hard drive as my C: drive has only 5GB left. My computer motherboard is quite old so it only supports the ATA cable hard drives. And the hard drives I saw on ncix.com were only up to 160GB for about $100.
So my questions are, should I upgrade my motherboard so that I can get decent hard drives? What other processors should I try to upgrade to? And if I upgrade my motherboard, are there newer DDR2 motherboards that support sata hard drives?
I would like to make use of my upgraded parts as much as possible if the upgrade of motherboard is unavoidable.
Sorry for the wall of text and thanks for your help!
Edited by MustardPC, 04 September 2011 - 03:37 PM.