upgrading a emachines T2885

Intel /emachines / T2885
March 16, 2009 at 01:02:12
Specs: Windows XP, 2.8ghz celeron/ 768
ok Im upgrading my pc ive had since 2003

the processor is the old socket 478 celeron rams ddr 333 2 80 gig hardrives an old soundblaster live sound card on board intel extreme graphics
xp home(outdated is a major understatment )

Im wanting to go with the following ......(budget VERY VERY tight)
socket am2 mobo with geforce 7000 graphics onboard
amd 64 x2 4400 2.3ghz processor
2gig ddr 667
and a western digital 320gb Hdd
new psu
xp pro (unless vista has a myraculous improvment lol sometime down the road)

Im trying to find a comparison to how much performance gain im going to have over the systme im currently running

im not that concerned about future proofing for win 7 yet Im just wanting to play games better and not worry about my old components

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March 16, 2009 at 06:36:55
Using any integrated graphics isn't going to allow good game play on any newer games.

Are you are planning on installing the OS by using restore disks from your old computer? If so, I doubt that will work. The OS is a limited license that is keyed to the motherboard. Probably won't allow you to register even if you sort out the driver issues you will most definitely incur.

You would be better off just buying a new OEM computer with WinXP on it. They are still available. Dell direct, Acer for instance should still have some models.

May actually be cheaper too. When ordering online you usually don't have to buy a monitor.

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March 16, 2009 at 10:50:37
Excellent advice by Othehill. If you buy a new system, you could create an inexpensive LAN to connect the new PC to the old one, and use it for backups and as an emergency system.

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