Posted 25 July 2006 - 01:46 PM
Those specs are not all that bad, but right off, your primary disk is pretty full, and that will effect your speed some. Large files utilize swap space on the disk, in addition to the swap space Windows needs to operate. If they start fighting over space, then you will run into serious lag. Defragging the C: drive might help reclaim a bit of space. You may want to look at moving some of the files to your K drive also. IIRC, Windows likes to have around 4 gigs of swap space. (Or maybe Windows can address up to 4 gigs per application). At any rate, if you have memory intensive applications, you will want to make use of everything that Windows has (or should have).
I can't find a manual for your motherboard, but it appears from what I did find that the max memory it can hold is 1 gig (which is what you already have). Do you know if it has two 512 Meg sticks of memory, or a single 1 Gig? I am guessing the former, which means you will not be able to pump any more memory into it.
You might want to try moving your swap drive to your K drive, which would give it more space to work, but would really only be a temporary fix. Personally, I would pick up a new motherboard that is compatible with the processor and memory that you already have, and buy a bigger(and faster) hard drive..... shopping around should get you those for less than $200. The next step would be to beef up the memory as much as you can afford. Last step would be to upgrade the processor. I think by far the biggest concern at this point is the hard drive.
I can't be more specific without looking at the manual for your particular board.