Not sure what to upgrade

By sprandel17
Dec 28, 2008
  1. We have a computer here that has the following:

    Windows XP, the lastest SP (sorry, I don't know the number)
    504 MB RAM
    2.4 GHZ CPU
    250GB HD
    80GB HD
    Soundblaster Audigy
    Onboard Video

    I'm thinking we should get a dedicated video card to put it in, RAM is also on my mind though. What would be the better upgrade? The video card I'm thinking of isn't big, maybe 256mb, can pick one up for $40 and I think it might be a good buy.
  2. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    I'd say get 2 gigs of ram unless you're actually playing games on your pc, otherwise spend 90 bucks to get a 256mb video card and some ram

    Do you know the model of your mobo, then we can tell what kind of ram you may need and also what kind of video card you can use.
  3. sprandel17

    sprandel17 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 45

    NBGV - Northwood/Brookdale-G Validation Board

    I believe its a 2 slot board with only 1 512MB installed.
  4. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    Looks like the mobo supports up to 1 gig of ram and seems you have a celeron 2.4. With DDR ram. With a pci slot, There are pci video cards you can buy

    Personally I'd say upgrade to a low end newer pc even for a huge increase in performance compared to what you have now

    Or you could try finding a northwood pentium 4 to replace the celeron.
  5. sprandel17

    sprandel17 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 45

    When you say the board supports 1 gig, do you mean per slot or total? I have an AMD at 2.7 ghz, 1.5 GB RAM and it runs very well, so if we could bring this up to 1.5 I think we would be set.
  6. poteljito

    poteljito TS Rookie Posts: 39

    1 GB total. Wait now you're saying you have 1.5 GB RAM? :S I thought you said 512MB? Anyways buy another stick of 512MB RAM DDR and maybe a new PCI graphics card. Or you could change the mobo and add a new CPU. How much money do you plan on spending?
  7. sprandel17

    sprandel17 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 45

    Sorry, that's a different computer that has 1.5. We're not planning on spending much money at all, only enough for one upgrade right now.

    Edit: This is an HP Pavillion 563w that needs an upgrade. It looks like it can hold 2.0 GB

    So we'll buy a gig and if it doesn't work I'll swap out a 512 MB from the AMD computer and bring that up to 2.0, and this one to 1.0 with a second 512, compatibility rules.
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