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Old 02-18-03, 09:35 PM
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Time to upgrade or replace?

I'm thinking of either upgrading or replacing my current home PC and I could use some advice as to which direction to take.

What I have right now...

Compaq Presario with Windows ME
Intel Celeron 700MHz Processor
192 MB RAM (started with 64 and added a 128)
15 GB HD
and I'm using a cable modem

I mostly use it to get online, download and listen to music, mess around with my digital camera, play games like Sims, etc.

With this current setup, would it make more sense to upgrade, or to just build or buy a completely new system? Thoughts?
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New system.
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Unless you need more gaming power, I'd just upgrade. That set up is still more than adequate for the other functions you listed.
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Originally posted by Josh Hinkle
Unless you need more gaming power, I'd just upgrade. That set up is still more than adequate for the other functions you listed.
Perhaps you could help us out here by proposing the upgrades and their cost?
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Is Sims the only game you play? Isn't the latest game I think Sims4, pretty graphic intense? If you're really happy with the way sims play then I'd just add more memory for now. Like a 512 MB SDRAM PC 133 stick that should be had at around $45. Maybe a new 40GB HD with those new 8MB cache for around $90.

However if your games play horrible, then you might want to get a new system with a newer video card and faster processor.
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Well, at the moment I don't play any games. I just got a couple of Sims games and found that I can't install them on my current system because of the ME OS. So I guess that would just be one more thing to upgrade....
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bigger hard drive for music files, and find an online retailer that will sell an OEM version for windows with the drive. maybe a little more ram
I have a P3 500 and 256MB of ram and it's going strong.
still runs newer games fine too
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How much would it cost to upgrade my OS to something better like Windows XP?
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If you're a student, newegg has win XP Pro upgrade for $82.

If not, there's the OEM version of XP Home for $90, which would be the full version. If you get XP you'd definitely want MORE memory. Also do make sure all your hardware has XP supported drivers.
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Originally posted by X
Perhaps you could help us out here by proposing the upgrades and their cost?


Do not waste a dime on this computer.

Buy a Dell computer when they have a deal and sell/donate or throw away this old computer.

any memory you buy will be wasted on any future computer since your computer uses PC100 SDram I bet.

why spend money on upgrading the OS when a new system will have it and you will be throwing that money away in another year or two.

really this computer is not worth upgrading.

You can get a new P4 2 Ghz computer or faster for real low prices so why throw money at this system.

Dell has up to $150 off a desktop computer right now thru the Home division plus a free hard drive upgrade and a free monitor upgrade on some systems.
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NEW COMPUTER. Definitely new computer.
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Just buy a Dell, dude. Seriously - get something that's like 700 bucks and it'll be at least twice as fast as what you have now.
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Man, after checking out the prices on the Dell refurbs, I'd say get one!

I found a P4 1.8G w/ 256MB ram and XP Pro for $429. It probably has onboard video but would be more than enough for your needs.

Its up to your wallet.
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Ok, that helps me a lot. I'll just give this one to a relative who is computer-less and go for a completely new system.
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Well I didn't mean so much upgrade, it's just this guy obviously isn't a tech geek like a lot of you guys given the small list of things he said he uses his computer for, so if I was him I'd just keep what he has for now.

I use mine for pretty much the same thing and mines only a Pentium II 400 with 128 Ram and runs everything I use fine.
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If the choice is between upgrading and buying a new system, I'd say go with a new system. Once you've bought a new motherboard, processor, memory, video card, hard drive... you might as well buy a new system. I have a 450MHz machine that still does everything I need it to*, so I'm sticking with what I have.

*whatever it can't do, my 2.2GHz laptop should be able to take care of.

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