Originally posted by: Sanatarium
really, u can drop less than $100 and get 1.6ghz 64 bit proc with new mobo and 256 ddr ram...would really be an improvement of that computer...and would cost about the same than finding old parts.
www.newegg.com if ur in US, all 3 of them parts were around $86= +shipping, you will pay just about that much tryin to upgrade the current stuff
I would not suggest to only upgrade CPU+memory like this in a microATX case that might be fit for the older CPU demand for cooling, but not for today's.
You must also realise that the life time for your computer system is almost 8 year by now and in that case you will sooner or later have more hardware failure to come up. Even electronic devices wear out after this time and mechanical devices like harddisk, DVD/CD and fans (I would believe you have one at least in PSU) have a shorter life span then a CPU or memory. I can understand you are short of money and want only to make some minor adjustment in hardware, but is rare that it will be of any good and with a system that have 8 year on its neck it will start to show.
My best tip would be to look for a complete system that are used or to look for a demo/furbished version. Those can be cheap as there are people that order systems to be built and don't want them. I suggest this because you would need to have good PSU, decent case, a cheap video card etc and that would add up to some cost -could be less or more, then a pre-made system.
I can not find this (demo or furbished system) on newegg or komplett.co.uk, but it is on komplett.se. You might find it on web shops or even in retail shop (especially if they costume build computer) at your home.
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