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New CPU?

by Mr. Detail / June 16, 2009 1:02 AM PDT

I have a 7 yr. old Dell Dimension 4500 home computer that needs a hard drive upgrade. It seems to take forever for it to load up in the morning when we first turn it on. It came originally with a Pentium 4, 2.0 GHz processor.

Can anyone give me a reasonably priced recommendation on what to replace this old one with?

Thanks much.........

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Not yet.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 16, 2009 2:47 AM PDT
In reply to: New CPU?

Without the version of Windows that it came with and NOT the version that is reported on screen but what's on your Windows CD I have to recommend you stay with less than 127GB hard disks. and have plenty around for not much.

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Software run
by Mr. Detail / June 16, 2009 8:43 PM PDT
In reply to: Not yet.

I run Windows XP Home Edition.

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Not much you can do
by Jimmy Greystone / June 16, 2009 2:50 AM PDT
In reply to: New CPU?

Not much you can do unfortunately. Probably the biggest bang for your buck will come from maxing out the RAM capacity for the system. It being a Dell system, processor upgrade options will be limited to the point where it's not really going to be worth bothering. Especially given the issues with the Pentium 4's performance overall that lead Intel to deadend the entire line and go back to the Pentium 3 for the basis of the Core and Core 2 lines.

RAM would be your best bet, and that will only get you so much. Ultimately you're just going to need a new computer or to basically live without a lot of newer program upgrades that will assume ever faster systems as the norm.

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