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Upgrading an older system

By Big_Twinky
Sep 5, 2003
  1. Hi,

    My wife started using an older system I had and we are looking into upgrading it. Money is somewhat tight, so we are going for essentials.

    The system is about 3 years old and is the following:
    AMD t-bird 900mhz
    512mb SDRAM PC133 (1x 256 + 2x 128)
    Asus Geforce2 Mx400 64mb
    Gigabyte GA-7IXE4 mobo

    The three first things we are looking at upgrading are the ram, the vid card and the processor (in that order).

    After reading up on the motherboard, I see that each ram slot takes up to 256mb sticks, PC133, double sided. So I'm gonna switch out the 2 sticks of 128 for 2 sticks of 256. Shouldnt be a problem.

    I'm currently looking into the graphics cards. My problem is that I cant find out what type of card my mobo will support. I was looking at the Geforce FX5200 128mb Magic card, as its pretty damn cheap and this will last me for at least a few years until I can do a bigger upgrade. But I dont know if my mobo will support this vid card. I have read about the mobo having troubles with gf3 cards. Is there a way to find out?

    The processor will be the next step. I believe the max for the mobo is a 1.4gig processor. Better than nothing. hehe

    Thanks for any help!!
     
  2. conradguerrero

    conradguerrero TS Rookie Posts: 310

    im feeling ur pain as i also just recently had an ancient 3 year old machine .

    looks like the mobo will be ur bottleneck
    as u can see almost any upgrade would require flashing the bios

    so as mobos go i would get one with Nvidia's nForce2 chipset like this one from newegg.

    that way u can keep ur existing processor and upgrade ur memory to DDR and video card.
     
  3. snowman

    snowman TS Rookie Posts: 183

    you know where i could get a new mobo for an intel p3 1 ghz?
     
  4. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    To be honest, your current system is about as good as it is going to get. If you plan on upgrading, your next step should be to replace the whole system. Adding memory, a better CPU or better video card is not going to make a whole lot of difference.. Not enough to justify the cost anyway.

    And snowman, why buy a new motherboard for an Intel P3 1GHz? Do you have currently have one?

    The best place to look for these is usually www.ebay.com ... If you don't mind online auctioneering.
     
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