I would like your input as to what upgrades you would do, and what I might expect to gain.
If I read correctly, there are at least three other CPUs that could be used. I do plan to go to a 1 TB hard drive. I am thinking about moving to win 7, but do not want to go to win8. OR, is there really any problem if I stick to win xp, with which I am well pleased?
Whenever I watch ANY video, the voice, and the face, are way out of sync. What can I do to fix that?
Short of buying all new, what would you do?
Well...an honest answer would be to junk that board/RAM...and move forward with a considerably newer board and faster RAM. That's a socket A board and I don't deem it money well-spent to try to keep a socket A system running in 2014.
A board supporting Athlon XP CPUs...has missed a lot of updated technology. I suspect that buying components (CPU/RAM) for that board...will cost you more than its worth and subject to buying "unconfirmed good" parts from eBay.
I suspect that your current board and any improvements...may not make the cut of the Win 7 hardware compatibility check, but it probably would.
Win 7 Hardware Compatibility - http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/hardware-compatible-windows#1TC=windows-7
Your video/voice synchronization problems...were common on older/slower systems and the CPU/motherboard can probably be blamed, IMO.
I understand that a working system is useful, no matter how old it is. Rather than spend any money trying to improve on a system with the limitations that yours has because of time...I say keep your money in your pocket, start saving/planning for a newer MB and RAM and CPU...then take your money out and spend it wisely knowing that you have advanced considerably without being exorbitant with your expenditures.
You would probably be happier with your project if the parts were not so ancient. I'm sure that you take pride in being to make something out of nothing...but sometimes it's even more rewarding to make something out of something .
Edited by hamluis, 03 May 2014 - 01:02 PM.