RAM for 10 yr. old computer

By mmmartie ยท 9 replies
May 7, 2008
  1. I have a fairly new desktop and a lap top, but I decided I wanted to try to fix up my 10 year old computer to use as a back up (for basic internet & word processing). I decided to upgrade from the painful Windows 98 to XP, but now I can't install internet security or any sizable program.

    I want to add memory but I am technically challanged. Dad took it into Staples for me today but they didn't have anything for a computer that old & they didn't tell him what I would need. I could look for something on ebay if I know what to look for.

    I found the old info that came with it:
    - Intel FC-PGA Plll 600 MHz Processor
    - 256K Cache
    - 64 Megabyte SDRAM (PC 100)

    The motherboard was replaced several years ago. I still have the box, it is Micro ATX.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,189   +471

    The micro ATX standard is only the form factor of the motherboard. What is the brand and model of the motherboard? Once we know that we would be in a better position to make a RAM recommendation.
  3. Obi-Wan Jerkobi

    Obi-Wan Jerkobi TS Maniac Posts: 502


    PC100 RAM is old. Ah, I love working on old pc's...anyway, considering the oldness of the pc, I'd say the most you could max this out to is 512MB of ram or so (384MB if it's really old.) This RAM in the link above should work, as I have an AMD Athlon motherboard that uses PC100 and it worked fine.
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    Its just PC100 RAM, should be simple enough to find. PC133 will work as well. The prices are going to be pretty high compared with today's ddr2 but there shouldn't be any problems obtaining PC100 or 133.
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,177   +990

    You will need ram and likely to need more HD too. As the processor is only 600mhz,
    personally I would look to buy another system as a total replacement.

    Look for at lease 1.3 Ghz cpu, 512mb ram, 40gb hd, ethernet chip/card and usb 2.0 port2. The system will at least
    be reasonable in performance and you can store much more user files, eg mp3 and digital camera pic
  6. mmmartie

    mmmartie TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you for all the tips. Someone pointed me to crucial.com to scan my system. It told me everything I needed to know and more. It's a VIA PLE 133 motherboard, it has one empty memory slot and each one can handle up to 512 MB, so the maximum upgrade would be 1 GB total.

    I'm going to check ebay for cheap 512 MB, then if it doesn't work I won't be out too much money.
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,177   +990

    Fine. Just understand that regardless of memory or HD, that 600mhz cpu will
    limit your 'application responsiveness' -- it may be irritating to wait for Mouse Click responses :)
  8. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    You may also want to put Windows 2000 on if you can obtain that somehow. Its base install is a fair bit smaller than XP (and uses less resources) if you are short on HD space, and it will run very well on a 600Mhz P3. With the exception of a few games, nearly everything that will run on XP will run on 2k.
  9. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

  10. romi101

    romi101 TS Rookie

    excellent do well
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