Upgrade Advice please?

By kait20066`
Mar 16, 2008
  1. I hope I am posting this in the right place. I was wondering if I could get some guidance on how to go about upgrading a few components of my computer.

    It's a Compaq Presario, 5BW131 5000 Series
    Intel Pentium 3 Processor
    996 MHZ, 384 MB of RAM
    Windows XP Home Edition (Version 2) Service Pack 2

    I would like to get a bigger hard drive and a fast processor for it. I'm not sure if there are certain kinds I have to get to make sure they are compatible with my CPU or additional components I will have to upgrade to support the faster processor and bigger hard drive. Is any brand hard drive okay, or are there certain types I need to look for? And as far as the processor goes how do I know what kind of one to look for. Thanks alot for your help..I am sorry if I posted this in the wrong place.
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,261   +92

    You're not going to get a "fast processor" for it, you'll have to buy a new motherboard and CPU, which would force you to buy new RAM and probably a PSU.

    As long as your BIOS doesn't cap you, any PATA drive available should work for you. Even if you can run it at the marketed speed, they're backward compatible.
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    The possible CPU upgrade would be minimal.. 1133 MHz over your current 1000 unless you really go and replace everything as Zenosincks said.
    Upgrading the RAM to the maximum of 512MB would give you the biggest benefit and an instant "wow" effect.

    You can use any IDE hard drive, but you may need a BIOS update to get support for drives over 128GB
  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    you won't notice much of an improvement with a CPU upgrade. But I highly suggest increasing your ram to 512mb or even 1gb for a speed increase.
  5. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,261   +92

    The 5BW131 5000 Series won't accept more than 512MB of RAM.
  6. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    I didn't look up his particulars, in any case I did say 512mb will do.
  7. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,261   +92

    They'll have to buy SDRAM, not exactly cheap to be buying an extra 512MB that is useless. Just trying to prevent that.
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,156   +598

    this is the old Repair vs Replace quandary. At what point would the cost to repair be better spent at a full replacement?

    I typically start to hedge toward replacement when the repair cost is ~50% of the replacement cost.
    Mentally, (not pocket book) I treat it as "for 50% I got all this new technology and bundled software".
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