add more ram or buy a new computer

Sony Sony vaio vgc-lv250j/b desktop
March 6, 2010 at 04:47:33
Specs: Windows XP
Hello,
I have a SONY Vaio Intel Pentium (R) 4 CPU 3.4 Ghz with 1.0 GB ram. It is about 6 years old. I defrag regularly and scan it for malware, adware, spyware and use Ccleaner and Windows cleanup. My hope is to make the computer run faster instead of buying a new system but I don't know if I should bother. On the other hand, this is not the best time for us to purchase a new system. We have 5 kids and this is their computer so it gets alot of use. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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#1
March 6, 2010 at 05:04:06
Adding more ram is going to give you some boost in performance. Go to www.crucial.com and run the system scanner to see what you have and what it will take. Technology changes so fast, there's only so much you can do to an older machine.

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#2
March 6, 2010 at 05:08:56
Disable crappy start up items and uinstall un-necessary software. The system is fine for normal application but for gaming it's not fine. I have p4 1.7ghz 1gb ram 20gb hdd with bitdifender 2010 and takes 38 seconds to start using system.

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#3
March 6, 2010 at 06:04:05
Since you have CCleaner installed, fire it up, click on Tools, then Startup...how many entries are listed? More than 4-5?

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#4
March 6, 2010 at 11:14:26
More memory does not 'automatically' speed up a machine. It will only speed it up if you do not have enough to run your normal work load. One GB is usually enough for most users.

Thinning out your 'Startup' list, as suggested by Jam, should definitely help. Remove programs in the startup list that you don't need running 24/7.


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#5
March 7, 2010 at 04:43:09
I looked in CCleaner (Tools ) and I have so many things in the start-up, way more than 10. Since I am not that well versed in computers (I can get by but I'm no guru), I am not sure what happens when I eliminate some of those things (can I still access them, just not in start-up). Will eliminating those things have negative repercussions? I really appreciate all of the replies!

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#6
March 7, 2010 at 05:12:32
You should disable things like chat programs etc. Programs that can be started whenever you need them. Just leave the essentials enabled like your virus scanner etc. If you're unsure what an entry is, google it to make sure. By unchecking those things, you're only disabling them from starting up with the system. You can still use them whenever you want.

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