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Posted 05 May 2016 - 10:11 AM
Posted 05 May 2016 - 03:05 PM
Well...I'd simply buy a cheap refurb system from Amazon or other reliable vendor...rather than sink any 2016 money into any P4-based system.
Posted 05 May 2016 - 03:47 PM
Don't panic. Sorry for your troubles so close to graduating. And congratulations BTW.
Based upon what I am seeing, I would skip getting a more powerful CPU...you pretty much are near the limit. I would max the RAM for $12. If you can find a local source of two used 1GB DDR-400 (CAS3) sticks even better; heck maybe someone will give them to you. Then clean install the OS to run it as lean as possible. Tweek it to improve performance over show.
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=1863#ov - rev.4 (likely this because it has a Realtek instead of a Marvell Gigabit controller) Rev code usually located on MB corner near expansion slots.
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=1757#dl - rev. 3
Update the BIOS to F6 or F5 depending upon whether your MB is rev 3 or 4 respectively if not already updated to last version available. This is if you decide to upgrade the CPU.
865PE 82865PE/82865P IHC5 chipset
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Atech-1GB-DIMM-DDR-Desktop-PC3200-3200-400-400mhz-184pin-Low-Density-Memory-Ram-/321872623317?hash=item4af11a76d5:g:oeoAAOSwHjNWALF0 - two of these to max your RAM...Android Studio seems to like RAM so that should noticeably speed up your PC. I suspect this will be your biggest improvement.
If you found this working CPU, SL7CH, for $15 it is borderline but it will run. But it is 103W. Don't know what your PSU is? Don't know what model and stepping 2.8GHz Northwood CPU you currently have? I'm guessing it is a SL6Z5?
That said, I found several SL6WG 3.2GHz 800MHz FSB Northwood that will run. But I generally do not like bumping up CPUs in same family/group unless I can get at least 500MHz bump. It is already running at 800MHz FSB. So not much of an improvement I suspect. If you can find a compatible 3.4GHz (Northwood, Prescott or Extreme (Gallatin)) running at 800MHz FSB for under $15 I would consider it. Keep in mind this may stress an old PSU.
Other free improvements, but it will take a day would be to clean install Win7, install the last drivers available from Intel, nVidia and Realtek for your PC. Especially the chipset (INF), AGP video card and SATA drivers. I would not install anything not required by the few apps I need. You can use WSUSOffline to grab all updates. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXAOvbNJYyE
You can find the last drivers available for your chips using these two links:
If you find your Win7 using a lot of virtual memory I would consider getting a small 60GB SSD to use as a scratch drive:
Even at SATA 1.5Gbps it is faster than an HDD. But I doubt virtual RAM will be an issue with Android Studios (AS) having 2GB of RAMspace. But switching back and forth between AS, a browser and a word processor may require swaps.
Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
Edited by Fascist Nation, 05 May 2016 - 04:14 PM.
Posted 05 May 2016 - 04:23 PM
I really thank you very much for all your efforts. I will device in 2 days, considering those suggestions. Thank you again.
Posted 15 May 2016 - 08:12 AM
Any i3 based bare-bones system w/DDR3 will be faster....
Time to let most of the rig go....
(You can reuse the SATA drive if you must....)
Asus Z270A Prime/7700K/32 GB DDR4-3200/GTX1060
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