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Upgrading My Slow, Slow Computer


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#1 thaundying04

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Posted 09 December 2006 - 06:28 PM

This is my setup

MS Windows XP SP2
AMD Duron Processor, 95MB RAM, SiS 630/730

I don't know what kind of video or sound card I have, I don't play that much games or watch that much movies, but I know that I would like more ram (probably 512), and a quicker processor for music, surfing, etc. Any suggestions on how I would get the most bang for my buck for parts (including an estimate on labour).

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Posted 09 December 2006 - 08:17 PM

Oof. A computer that old I have to ask you one thing.
Is the processor the square 90nm with a heatsink or is it the plug in one?

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Posted 09 December 2006 - 08:35 PM

The 90nm

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Posted 09 December 2006 - 10:00 PM

Well.. you may need to upgrade your motherboard.. But if you don't want to you.. you need a socket A
And probably PC 100 or DDR 400.
newegg only has one A processor now.
Yeah, your best bet is getting a new motherboard.
And my mistake, A is 130nm.

unless u wanna order a decent socket a processor from ebay
http://cgi.ebay.com/AMD-Barton-Athlon-XP-3...1QQcmdZViewItem

Edited by Archer-of-Death, 09 December 2006 - 10:03 PM.


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Posted 09 December 2006 - 10:36 PM

Hi there,
I am surprised your PC moves at all, with only 95megs of RAM running XP. With RAM, you are limited by the maximum the motherboard can handle and how many slots. I was trained to always buy the biggest stick available. They talk in the realm of 1GIG of RAM now; and my new piece-of-junk PC will hold a max of 2gigs of RAM. Virus/Spy protection programs take lots of RAM in themselves. It's ez to install RAM, just make sure the biggest stick is in the first slot. You also have to know the speed, such as PC100 or PC2700. Even PC100 RAM is expensive these days and hard to find. In fact, I think it has been tossed out and the minimum is PC 130...

Archer is probably more familiar with hardware, but, dontcha think its time to get a new PC? I ended up spending about 450 on mine, because it only came with 512 of RAM and I needed to add a gig. ($80 was cheap). And the OEM software was a real ripoff. I didn't get an XP CD.

I kept my old machine, still humming on Win98, loaded with software that works. BLEEP Microsoft for discontinuing support and cramming Vista into the arena: it has hardware requirements so the old machines are going to be good money wasted.

Just my opinion, and a bit of experience.
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Posted 09 December 2006 - 11:22 PM

It'd probably be a good idea to get a pre-built computer with XP already on it. Just upgrade the RAM or video card or whatever and you're set.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16883107184
I just don't think you can have dual core on this pc

Edited by Archer-of-Death, 09 December 2006 - 11:23 PM.


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Posted 10 December 2006 - 04:36 PM

If you're buying XP - wait until Vista is released around Jan 31st. The price of XP systems should plummet.
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