Any cheap upgrades to help make my PC faster?

Microsoft Windows xp home edition with s...
May 14, 2010 at 22:26:04
Specs: Windows Vista
I currently running Windows XP Home and have 256 MB of DDR RAM and 30 GB of Hard Drive on my Pentium 4. What are some cheap upgrades to help make my computer faster?

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#1
May 15, 2010 at 00:37:59
Another stick of 256 MB of DDR RAM

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#2
May 15, 2010 at 13:44:35
I totally agree with JohnW -- #1 is more RAM !

Go to crucial.com and check whether you have to use matched pairs, etc. It's a helpful site.

Another upgrade would be a larger hard-drive, internal or external, because 30GB for XP is not much at all.


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#3
May 15, 2010 at 14:38:09
Yeah, consider 512Mb the bare minimum to run XP; 1Gb should be your minimum target amount.

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#4
May 15, 2010 at 14:41:47
512MB should be considered the minimum for XP. It will run much better with 1GB. I would hold off on the HDD upgrade. Do you have a video card or are you using onboard video? Upgrading to a card, even a cheap low end one, would be better than using the onboard. That way the system can use ALL the RAM.

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#5
May 15, 2010 at 17:13:22
A larger hard drive could make your computer faster if you increase the size of the swap file and if you get one with faster read/write times. That would probably be the case with a newer hard drive-and your current hard drive might only be 5400 rpms-the newer one would likely be 7200 rpms(though some newer large"green" hard drives are 5400 rpms)
I agree with the above responses about increasing the RAM to 512 MB-but I don't think that 1 GB is that critical for XP. Of course, it depends on what and how many programs you are running, etc.

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#6
May 16, 2010 at 15:03:06
Agree, Ram/Gcard should be your first options. Newegg.com typically has some sweet deals.

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#7
May 17, 2010 at 15:36:54
Thanks for the tips. I will definatly look into buying another stick of 256 Mb of RAM. I really appreciate the help.

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#8
May 17, 2010 at 16:06:50
I would get a stick of 512, unless there is some dual channel issue I am unaware of, the price difference is not that great.
I just installed xp yesterday on a dell with a celeron & 512. By the time you install an av & firewall, you are using a large part of the ram, as soon as you power-up.

larry


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#9
May 17, 2010 at 16:20:10
In addition to the comment from larryf215, modern browsers gobble up memory too. The difference between 512Mb and 768Mb is astounding and often the difference between a slug and a machine that works well.

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May 17, 2010 at 16:31:39

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