New Computer or New Proccessor?

By cfitzarl
Jul 20, 2006
  1. Hi, I am trying to get a second opinion on one of my parents' computer. It is a Sony Vaio Desktop made in 2001. It's core is clocked at only 866mhz, has 384mb ram (sdram pc 133), and an ASUS motherboard CUSL-LV with 3 pci slots and one agp slot (speed unknown). Should I get a new pentium 4 chip for the computer or a new computer in general? Note that the computer is used for email and internet use only. I know the computer is old, but the case looks new, and the low speed is the only problem we're having problems with.
  2. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    Are you sure it can accept P4 chips?
    Is the CPU a Pentium III or a Celeron?
  3. IBN

    IBN TS Maniac Posts: 487

    New computer.
  4. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    New computer. You can't upgrade that computer to anything more than P-III 1Ghz or so. Anything higher won't work or uses a different socket.
  5. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,975   +9

    Ok, thanks. I found a nice Dell Dimension B110 that would fit them perfectly.
  6. IBN

    IBN TS Maniac Posts: 487

    Why dont you build your own computer. Its not that difficult. Your going to have problems upgrading in the future with a Dell computer.
  7. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 TS Rookie Posts: 398

    yes build your own, its better quality than you'll get with a piece of s**t Dell.

    HD: 80GB Seagate

    RAM 512MB DDR corsair RAM

    mobo: its depends on whether this is going to be an AMD or Intel rig


    AMD- AMD Sempron64 2800+
    intel- Intel Celeron D 340 with EM64T

    case: antec, basic case
    PSU: 300W antec

    OS: Windows XP Professional Edition OEM w/SP2
    sound: integrated sound will work well.

    extras: media card reader, floopy drive. firewire cards etc.

  8. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,975   +9

    I built my own computer, so I know that it's easy, but the computer intended for them doesn't need to be expandable. They use it to check email.
  9. IBN

    IBN TS Maniac Posts: 487

    Still. You'll save money. Building your own system doesnt mean you can t check your email on it. BTW Check email today tmr......

    You know what I mean.
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