Upgrading my Computer. Help me out?

September 29, 2009 at 13:59:21
Specs: Windows XP

Does anyone know what type of Hard Drive is
best compatible with an "old" computer with
the following specs?

Motherboard: ASUS A7S333
CPU: AMD Athlon 1800+
RAM: 1GB DDR PC2700 non-ECC

I have an old computer that is running out of
HD space. I only have 15GB on my operating
drive, and 40GB for additional storage.

I've been looking online for a Hard Drive that
would be best suited to my motherboard and I
cannot find anything.

I am going to boost my RAM and buy another
1GB to increase performance as well.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

I will only be using this computer for web
browsing and file sharing.

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September 29, 2009 at 14:04:11
In addition to a Hard Drive recommendation, could anyone
suggest a good Operating system to run on?

I currently run WindowsXP. So far so good, but does anyone
recommend Vista or something else for performance?

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September 29, 2009 at 14:11:38
It is not worth upgrading.......

80GB ATA IDE Drive will be OK: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Memory: http://www.crucial.com/store/listpa...

Updated CPU: http://support.asus.com/cpusupport/...

You are looking around $100 or £75 you could buy something better second-user...

O/S = Windows 2000 or Linux

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September 29, 2009 at 15:06:53
"Does anyone have any suggestions?"

Yeah, invest as little as possible in that old rig. And why do you feel you need 2GB RAM for "web
browsing and file sharing"?

Find out if your board supports 48-bit LBA. If it does, you can buy just about any size ATA100/IDE HDD you want. If it doesn't, don't get a HDD larger than 120GB.

And stick with XP.

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September 29, 2009 at 17:14:24
One of my computers has that exact motherboard but with the AMD 2100+ CPU. When I originally built the system, I put in (3) 256 meg PC2100 ram chips. Later I upgraded to (3) 1GB PC2100 chips. Booting to a diagnostics disk checked all three gig of ram, however, XP would barely get started booting when it tossed out the BSOD. Even two of the chips ticked off XP, but any one by itself was fine as well as one 1GB and two of the original 256 meg worked to give me 1.5GB total.

It could be the SimpleTech 1GB modules I bought don't fair well in groups under XP or the fact that they are PC2100 not 2700 as you are planning. This was before SP3, so perhaps that might make a difference, but I've never bothered to test the one gigs together again.

Just thought I'd mention this in case it is relevant and you are planning to use 1 gig modules.

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