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.
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.