Is it worth upgrading?

By bhappy
Dec 9, 2006
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  1. I'm looking to improve the (speed) performance of my old Dell XPS T600. It currently has 128MB of RAM installed and a 32MB NVidia video card. Is it worth upgrading? If yes, which upgrade will have more impact system RAM or a faster video card?
  2. JimShady23

    JimShady23 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 651

    Depends

    What are the main funtions of this machine ? If it is used only for e-mail, web and word, spening a few extra bucks upping your RAM to 512mb would probably be all you need and maybe a hard drive update if you are into downloading any large media files, but if you plan on doing any modern gamming id have to reccomend scraping it and buying/building somthing more up to date.

    If you list any specifics you do or want to do with this machine it will be a little more helpful


    Take care.
  3. Op2

    Op2 Newcomer, in training Posts: 99

    If you really mean speed, I would say RAM.
  4. Grafficks

    Grafficks Newcomer, in training Posts: 454

    To determine if the PC is worth an upgrade, we would need the rest of the system's specs, please post them.

    To answer your other question, more RAM will benefit the system more than a faster graphics card. 128MB of RAM is ridiculously low nowadays...
    You are looking for a performance increase correct? A memory upgrade will do just that. A graphics upgrade will just enhance the visuals.
  5. bhappy

    bhappy Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    other system specs: OS=XP home Ed; CPU=PII-600Mhz; 128M PC100 (400mhz) RAM; 80G WDC HD, NVIDIA RIVA TNT2 32M video card, not sure what else is relevant here.

    intended uses: all MS Office products, e-mail, web surfing, playing Runescape

    Can I substitute PC133 for PC100 RAM?
  6. JimShady23

    JimShady23 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 651

    Ram

    Upgrade the RAM, for $40 or less you will notice a drastic improovment in the applications you run. I can tell you are a die hard kinda guy that if it works, why buy somthing new....Well for the uses that you mentioned there is no reason upgrade.....Just beef up the memory....For the game you play, just wait till u upgrade to a new system..
  7. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,420   +217

    If the only game you want to play is Runescape, then your system seems to meet the recommended requirements (more than minimum). As such, I think a better graphics card would give you a noticeable improvement. However, if possible, get more RAM too. You can probably use PC133 instead of PC100. I have an old Dell XPS T750r which came with PC125 RAM. I added one stick of PC133 with no problems.
  8. Bluemouse

    Bluemouse Newcomer, in training Posts: 405

    be careful to go with the same frequency and brand if you are putting in more than1 stick of ram
  9. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    That's in general, in use today for newer computers. Older computers that accept SDRAM generally accept multiple speeds and brands. All of my previous SDRAM computers were all mixed with brand and speed and it was fine.
  10. Bluemouse

    Bluemouse Newcomer, in training Posts: 405

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  11. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,438

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