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Upgrades to HP?

by water guy / December 3, 2009 5:13 AM PST

The computer is old. A new camera (large files) and a full hard drive necessitates some improvements.

What I have: HP Pavillion A405n circa 2003
Motherboard is a MSI MS-6577 Micro ATX form
Celeron processor socket 478 2.7 GHz
512 MB Ram
80 GB Hard drive
Running XP home edition with service pack 2

I don?t really want to buy a new computer right now, between a distrust of windows 7 at this point in its lifespan, and lack of funds to do everything. I can do following the planned improvements for ~ $170

My plan:
Add additional 512 MB Ram (or install single 1024 MB RAM)
Add 2nd 320 GB HD, leave software on original HD and use 2nd HD for storage and retrieval of stuff.
Optional: Replace processor with a Prescott P4 2.8 GHz 533 MHz 512KB

My Question: Would my planned upgrades improve the speed of the computer, or is there a bottleneck in information processing I?m missing? Is this a good plan given the desire to keep the computer at the moment? Something else I should look at?

When I offered my plan to our work IT guy, he suggested a complete rebuild including motherboard, processor, HD, and lots more RAM. I recognize these would all be good things, however...
My research into replacing the motherboard and processor as suggested by my IT friend leads me to believe this effort has a high degree of failure from boards that don?t fit (I understand that HP was good about building things no one else would fit), to computers plagued by the blue screen of death after a MB change out.

The computer is reliable now, and works fine. It?s just slow sometimes. Suggestions? Thank you.

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Biggest Bang For the Buck Is To Simply Add RAM
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / December 3, 2009 5:35 AM PST
In reply to: Upgrades to HP?

I'd just max out the RAM.. Till you get more money to upgrade the entire computer, that's what I'd do.

Hope this helps.


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I'd skip the CPU
by Jimmy Greystone / December 3, 2009 7:34 AM PST
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I'd skip the CPU, but the other two seem like good ideas. You've got a P4, which quite frankly, was a real turd of a processor. And as such, there's really only so much you can do to improve things, and an extra 100MHz clock speed isn't worth the money.

RAM is going to be far more useful, and having some additional storage space will help as well.

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