Upgrade PC versus buy whole new system.

Emachines T6212 desktop
October 15, 2010 at 12:24:58
Specs: Windows XP
Hi everyone, just debating whether I should upgrade my computer or just look at a new one. I mostly check email and Facebook on it, but sometimes when I watch videos there is a ton of lag. My machine is about 8 years old, but seems to do pretty well for most of what I do on it. I have an emachine T6212, with an AMD Athlon 64 processor (3200+, 2.0 ghz), 160gb hard drive, 512mb ddr sdram (which I recently upgraded by 1gb, I believe), windows xp home edition. And input is appreciated. Thanks! : )

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#1
October 15, 2010 at 12:52:15
After time microsoft OS's tend to get slower for quite a number of reasons. Before I'd buy a new on I would reload the OS from the OEM media. Update all the service packs and don't put any software on it that you don't really use. If it is not good then consider a new system.

It might be that a simple stick of ram would help too or maybe a cheap video card upgrade, just enough to get you happy ought to run less than $40.

There have also been plans for how to make a stripped down xp that is faster. Might look up on how to do that also. It basically removes any unless stuff and stops un-needed services and such.

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


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#2
October 15, 2010 at 12:52:44
The choice would be yours, but that machine is still very usable for what you do on it. I see the ram is upgradable to 4 gigs and your running 1 gig. You could add another gig and install a video card like the Radeon pci-e 4650. It doesn't require a large power supply or an extra plug. The lag on videos comes from your on board video built into the mobo. I don't know what power supply you have in there now, but the 4650 isn't a power hog. See what others say.

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#3
October 15, 2010 at 13:00:28
"When i watch video there is ton of lag" HD videos? I think u have lot of garbage, use ccleaner to clean the system and avoid using heavy softwares. But it better to purchase new system

edit: i see no pci-e x16 slot available. 1gb of memory is enough for checking emails, facebook and watching normal videos.


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#4
October 15, 2010 at 14:01:01
My mistake, disregard the pci-e card suggestion.

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#5
October 15, 2010 at 14:16:26
XP is getting past its prime, and at this price with Windows 7, a new tower is the best option IMHO !

http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.208-335...


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#6
October 15, 2010 at 15:45:26
I did some digging & it appears the system DOES have a PCI-e x16 slot. The HD4650 was a good suggestion. Here's one for $39 after rebate:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#7
October 15, 2010 at 17:12:27
Wow, thanks for the speedy and in depth replies everyone!!! : )

I'm not sure if you would consider what I watch on the internet hd. Mostly youtube videos and videos from my home page. I also forgot to mention that I have the ATI Radeon X200 IGP. When I got the computer it was awesome, but not sure how far back in the pack it's fallen by now, lol. Also, I have cable internet, and while there's no drag on the mouse at all, it does sometimes take a little bit for pages to load up. Do you guys think that the processor would have anything to do with either issue?


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#8
October 15, 2010 at 17:25:10
I thought I saw it had a pci-e slot, It was listed on one of the pages. Anyhow, upgrade the ram and go with the card. Your radeon x200 igp is the problem. Go with 2 gigs of ram and run them in dual channel mode.

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#9
October 15, 2010 at 18:16:17
As far a I know the new flash version tries to use the video card much more if it can. That is if the video is a newer type. Otherwise flash tends to use the processor. All that being said still leads me to wonder. Flash video on youtube doesn't take much of a computer. If you are on cable you should have enough speed for most higher def videos too.

If you really need to see what is taking your resources then you can run performance monitor. It is built in to xp already. See help and support pages.

Again consider some simple things maybe. I know you can get a new system but yours should do what you need in my opinion.

It may be possible to test the OS without any money too. Make a flash drive with linux on it. See pendrivelinux.com for how-to's. If the flash drive linux works it would tend to suggest that xp should be OK too.

Ram, video card and maybe reload OS might fix your problems. (or make them worse)

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


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