Need to upgrade old PC - advice please!

December 30, 2010 at 08:54:21
Specs: Windows XP
I have an old PC which I am trying to use as a kids computer but the computer is so slow loading things like games and websites that it is almost unusable. It was put together back in 1999 by "LA Computers" or something like that. Would someone please help me figure out the best upgrades to make? My husband is handy with swapping things in and out, but we need some help with what exactly to buy. My guess is that it could use more RAM, but I can't figure out which memory to buy. We tried the scanner at Crucial and it gave this information:

System Manufacturer: XXXXX
System Model: AWRD ACPI
Motherboard Manufacturer: N.A.
Motherboard Model: i440BX-ALI513x

on the Set-up screen it says ROM PCI/ISA BIOS (2A69KJ1L)

it has 3 memory slots with currently 256MB of memory occupying two slots. One is empty.

One of the chipsets has this identification on it:


Can anyone help me get this thing moving faster? I greatly appreciate any suggestions!

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December 30, 2010 at 09:26:03
You'd likely spend more money on upgrading a twelve year-old machine than buying a (much faster) refurb machine (and the kids would appreciate it as well). A couple of examples:

Just make sure you either get a machine with an OS already installed or (legally) use your version on it.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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December 30, 2010 at 10:37:03
Upgrading a 12 year old computer is problematic and often not economical. If you are running XP the biggest problem is likely RAM. 256 MB is not adequate for modern software. It has often been said that RAM is cheap, upgrade your system to the limit. And that is true, when you are talking about current memory technology. But memory for an old computer is usually expensive and may be hard to obtain.

Upgrading other items is rarely practical on such an old computer.

Rather than upgrading that dinosaur you would be better off with a good used computer. It will have more memory, a faster CPU, larger and faster hard disk, and will serve it's purpose longer. And it probably won't cost much more.

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December 30, 2010 at 11:21:32

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December 30, 2010 at 12:07:28
You guys are wonderful! We went ahead and bought one of Pacific Geeks specials, which should be sooooo much better than what we have now. The kids are only 7, 5 and 4... so it's not like they are doing mega-intensive gaming. But when you can't even run more than a couple windows at a time... you know you have a problem :)

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December 30, 2010 at 12:50:25
I think i'd have spend a bit more for a new computer but if you can get a used one cheap enough I guess it should work.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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December 30, 2010 at 13:53:40
"We went ahead and bought one of Pacific Geeks specials"

Too bad you didn't post back with your intentions, we could have helped you to make the best choice. Also, there are codes available that will get you 10% off your purchase. Here's one = MCGEEKSSAVE10

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December 30, 2010 at 15:55:33
I found that and tried to use it, but it didn't go through? What's up with that? On the system... My husband is reasonably versed in what he wants if he's purchasing a system... just not how to do hardware upgrading. If he's happy... I'm happy :) :)

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