Upgrade or replace

Compaq / Evo d510
April 8, 2009 at 13:29:12
Specs: Windows XP
I have a 2002 Compaq Evo D510 with 2Gb RAM card and a 750 Gb external hard drive.

Generally it's performed well for my needs, but I've recently been editing video using Adobe Premiere Pro and its performance hasn't been up to scratch. Whilst attempting to add a graphics card, I've discovered it only has PCI slots (no PCI-e or AGP). My question is: can I upgrade my machine to run well enough for what I'm doing, or is it time to replace my PC?

Also, novice question: how easy will it be to copy all my applications etc. to a new machine if that is the best course of action.

Thanks in advance.

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April 8, 2009 at 14:00:08
1. Replace. PCI-only machines are not worth upgrading. If you ever pick up an HD camera (they're getting very cheap), you'll find that your processor and PCI video card aren't fast enough to even play back your HD footage--never mind edit it!

2. Copying data is very easy--just plug old drive into new system and drag/drop. However, you'll have to re-install most--if not all--of your applications.

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April 8, 2009 at 16:31:57
As stated replacement is the best and only way to go if you want edit video.
If you are not running many may applications at the same time, the fastest Core2Duo you can afford will be fine, a quad core if you need multiple applications running.
I use a Core2Duo 2.4gz for video edditing and can still use the internet or another application without a problem.
At the time I got mine it was the sweet spot for price/speed, but for the same money now I could get a 3.0gz cpu and get change, that's the way it goes.
Unfortunatly these days by the time you think about getting a new cpu, you need a new board to go with it.
So this one will need to last for a while yet. It was lighning fast when I first got it, but the more you get used to the speed the more you want a faster one.

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April 10, 2009 at 04:21:38
Thank you both for your advice and recommendations. It looks like I've had a good run with my machine and now it's time to move on. Time and expense, but that's the name of the game, I suppose. Cheers.

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