upgrade my home PC

July 20, 2009 at 07:42:32
Specs: Windows XP
I have mercury 845gl intel chipset motherboard in my pc with 80gb HDD ,1.5GB DDR RAM ,intel celeron 1.7GHz Processor .Now i want to upgrade my pc without changing Motherboard and processor
What's the maximum amount of RAM(capacity in GB) and HDD(capacity in GB) i can attach to it?
and which one(ddr/ddr1/ddr2)

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July 20, 2009 at 08:01:29
Belarc Sisoftware Sandra cpu z

will tell you you system details.

Crucial will do an online scanner to tell you what RAM you have,
& what it can be upgraded too.

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July 20, 2009 at 08:25:30
As Clive stated you should go to crucial.com and use their online scanner to determine the maximum amount, density and type of RAM your board can support. As for as support for larger hard drives goes read the article linked below.

Pay special attention to the section on - Intel Application Accelerator.

Once the board is 48 bit LBA compliant you should be able to use any size drive you can find of the type required, which will be IDE/ATA type. That is as opposed to the newer SATA type interface.

You should use the installation software from the manufacturer to prep the drive. I suggest multiple partitions with large drives. Look at the second link below for more on partitioning.



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July 20, 2009 at 14:05:10
What's the purpose of this upgrade? Adding more RAM probably won't gain you any speed & adding a bigger HDD will give more storage capacity but it's doubtful you'll gain any significant peformance from that either.

Kobian/Mercury lists at least 10 boards based on the Intel 845GL chipset & they all appear to max out at 2GB.


If you're still using the crappy Intel Extreme integrated graphics, you'd be better off adding a discrete video card...that will return the "shared RAM"back to the system. And although you apparently don't wanna do it, you should consider upgrading the CPU. The Celeron is a very weak & only runs at 400MHz FSB. From what I can tell, most the Mercury 845GL boards support 533MHz FSB, so look for a cheap S478 P4 533MHz CPU, but check the support list before buying anything.

For example, here's a 2.66GHz/533MHz FSB P4 for $15:


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July 20, 2009 at 15:10:24
Also If I remember the 845 chipset is ddr but belarc will tell you what's in it now.

WinXp Amd 64 3000 Msi Neo2 Platinuim 1 gig ddr 400. When we cast a pebble into a pond we should look past the first ripple.

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July 20, 2009 at 15:24:44
Also looks like at most its agp video. But any decent agp card will help. The top nvidia agp I remember was the 7600 but the 7300 is more common. Jam knows the best ati.

WinXp Amd 64 3000 Msi Neo2 Platinuim 1 gig ddr 400. When we cast a pebble into a pond we should look past the first ripple.

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July 20, 2009 at 16:10:46
The HD3850 is the best agp video card built. That said, it's massive overkill for a 1.7Ghz Celeron.

More suitable cards are the x1650Pro or HD3650 if you like ATI cards or the 7300GT for GeForce cards. Choose whatever one you like and insure it's a 128bit card with GDDR2 memory. These cards can generally be found for $45-60.


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