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Created On: 04/03/2005 01:40 AM
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 04/03/2005 01:40 AM
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encore2x
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I bought my computer my freshman year in college. What a beauiful creature she was...state of the art AMD K7 athlon 500 megahertz of pure destruction..flash forward 5 years and now she can barely keep up with the jones...I want to upgrade my system but not spend megabucks doing so...I mostly use my computer now to really surf the web..gaming is certainly out of the question..I was just curious as to my best options to keep old betsy here w/o having to shell out big bucks for a whole new system..

here are my current specs..don't laugh..it will hurt her feelings (taken from belarc):

500 megahertz AMD Athlon
16 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Board: MICRO-STAR INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD MS-6167 (AMD751) 1.X
Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
BIOS: Award Software International, Inc. 6.0 PG 08/22/99
128 Megabytes Installed Memory
Slot 'A0' is Empty
Slot 'A1' is Empty
Slot 'A2' has 128 MB

 04/03/2005 08:55 AM
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eddaweaver
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More RAM. You'd be surprised how quickly 128mb runs out. You should be able to find a 256mb PC133 module fairly cheaply if you search around. Just make sure the largest installed module is on the first bank ('Slot A0'.

The hard drive, does it still have its original? A 5200rpm hdd from 2000 is going to be much slower and noisier than a decent 7200rpm liquid-bearing hdd from today. Hdd speed is very influential on launch and boot times, especially if you've only got 128mb of RAM and it's digging into the swap file. 80 to 160gb hdds are a good price now.

There're lots of people who want to upgrade their Slot A system's CPU, so the faster Slot A CPUs sell for exhorbant second-hand prices. But you may be able to buy a 750MHz Slot A CPU for not much more than what you could then sell your 500MHz Slot A CPU for, if you accept that hassel for a small increase in speed.

If you want to overclock, your motherboard might allow you to jumper the front side bus to 103 or 105MHz, which would be a 5% overclock.
 04/03/2005 11:09 AM
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thanks eddaweaver..I was just looking at some sdram from crucial...i think buy a stick of 256 and see what happens!
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