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Upgrading RAM & Processor---Suggestions.

by JJS75 / July 24, 2008 6:56 AM PDT

Good Afternoon,

I'm looking to upgrage my PC of 6 years. It's a Frys FM7440 with XP. Currently has a Pent 4 2.66 Ghz,533 FSB, 512kb cache and 512MB DDR PC 2700. I called the manufact.(Frys)tech line, and he told me I can go up to 1 Gig DDR per slot(2) and to a Pent 4 3.0 (socket 478). He said it will be tough to find a processor, because of the socket. I was on newegg, and saw one there.
#1 Are these processors available? If so, is it worth upgrading? Any suggestion on a specifice one...model?
#2 Do you upgrade for both Memory Slots, or just one? Any suggestions on a specific product?
Any suggestions are appreciated. Any other tips to maximize the performance is appreciated too.
Thanks, JS>

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by Kees Bakker / July 24, 2008 7:06 AM PDT

It doesn't make much sense to spend much money for upgrading a CPU from 2.66 to 3.0 Ghz. I wouldn't pay more than $25 for a second-hand one.

Depending on what you do with the machine, it might make sense to expend the memory to 1 Mb, adding a stick like you have now. Using faster memory might speed up the computer also, but if using 2 keep them the same speed. So your choices are:
Add 512 Mb 2700
Buy 512 Mb faster memory
Buy 1024 Mb faster memory

I assume you already did the usuals for optimizing performance:
- carefully check if all start-up programs are necessary
- check for malware (viruses, trojans, spyware)
- disk cleanup
- a one-time defrag

Hope this helps.


Kees

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Maybe your...
by Willy / July 24, 2008 10:21 AM PDT

Your problem will be the cpu, as the socket 478 is just too old. But heck, if you find a faster cpu, then do what you want. Probably, it will be "used cpu" and cost should be under $30.

Ram upgrade is your best bet and see how it effects your system w/o a newer cpu. Staying with a ram upgrade will provide the most bang for buck, IMHO.

HOWEVER, you should seriously consider any $ spend may find a better home on a newer system. Yeah, it will mean more money, but unless your needs are less demanding, you will be able to keep up with the newer demands placed on a system. The duo or quad cpu is the norm now and single cpu setups are fading fast. Check eBay and http://www.geeks.com for some pricing, new and used.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Not worth it
by noheadundead / July 24, 2008 2:23 PM PDT

IMHO, i don't think it's worth it. new computers are so cheap, and custom made ones are even cheaper (usually) that it might just be worth spending 300 dollars and getting a new computer. all you would really need is a new tower, and you could reuse everything else. you could buy a transfer cable or use a jump drive to transfer files from the old computer to the new one. but if you want to keep your old computer, look for a used pentium 3.0 on ebay, like everyone else said. RAM is the best place to upgrade. 1 gig will make a huge difference... but its 50-60 bucks for a gig. Maybe an extra case fan too, if you dont already have one, because the 3.0 pentium will probably run a little warmer

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