Computer Upgrade? Need help.

September 25, 2009 at 10:34:38
Specs: Windows XP
Hello,

I need to upgrade my computer and it's been a while so I need some help.

I will primarily be using this computer for web browsing, filesharing/downloading, and watching movies (no video games).

I am looking to upgrade my motherboard, processor, hard drive, RAM, and perhaps video card.

I have a 23" Samsung LCD monitor that I intend to keep and watch these movies on.

I've been doing some research for AMD processors online, but I find many are geared toward gaming. I current have an AMD Athlon, but I would like to know if there are any that meet my specifications above, at a very reasonable cost, with some added security (if possible).

Please help


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#1
September 25, 2009 at 10:49:11
What kind of Athlon do you have. XP? 64? X2?

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#2
September 25, 2009 at 11:13:36
I have the AMD Athlon XP 1800+

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#3
September 25, 2009 at 11:14:30
>>>"I am looking to upgrade my motherboard, processor, hard drive, RAM, and perhaps video card."<<<

Given that, you might do much better (financially), by going for a complete new system versus upgrading all of those....


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#4
September 25, 2009 at 11:20:43
I concur a new Base Unit, in the UK, I have found this nearly new refurbished Tower, under £200.00:

http://www.dabs.com/products/acer-r...


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#5
September 25, 2009 at 11:22:13
Why do you feel the need to upgrade?

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#6
September 25, 2009 at 11:30:00
I'm running out of HD space, so I definitely need that. I only have 512MB of RAM as well.

I just figured since I must upgrade in these two areas, I could upgrade in the motherboard/processor areas as well if the price is right.

I've found some AMD processors online that go for pretty cheap ($75) and a motherboard for the same amount. If my power supply can manage it (330W true) then I may as well take the upgrade option.

A new system would be much more than that, no?


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#7
September 25, 2009 at 13:41:46
Adding a hard drive and adding more RAM are not that complicated. But replacing a motherboard and CPU can be a bit tricky for someone who has never done it before. Purchasing a motherboard with the CPU installed, reduces the chances of a problem.

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#8
September 25, 2009 at 15:31:51
Buy a new base unit For $300 you should be able to get a 2.5 GHz cpu, 3GB ram. and 320GB hard drive. Vista + free upgrade to Win 7.

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#9
September 25, 2009 at 15:40:09
Power Supply is more than likely only 20pin main plug, new PSU 24pin.

Motherboard
Memory
Hard Drive
CPU / HS&F
Operating System

Buy new as already stated:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#10
September 25, 2009 at 16:15:20
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?in...

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#11
September 25, 2009 at 19:26:45
>>>"I will primarily be using this computer for web browsing, filesharing/downloading, and watching movies (no video games)."<<<

Since you're not a gamer, then you don't need a high-end system. I can do all the above on my "biggest" machine (a mere Duron 1800) and it was obsolete when I bought it new 3 1/2 years ago. You didn't mention your current rig's specs, (other than the A1800) so it may do just to add some RAM to your existing system (assuming it can handle more than 512MB). Heavy downloading might require an external HDD and CD/DVD-burner, but that would still be less than the upgrades you're planning...

http://www.geeks.com/products_sc.as...

http://www.geeks.com/products.asp?c...


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