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Old 06-05-2011, 03:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just started a summer job and want to upgrade an old desktop that was purchased around 2002 or 2003. As I'm not sure that maximum that it can be upgraded to, I thought I should ask here for help or advice.
Current Specs:
-AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3500+
-2.21 GHz
-960 MB RAM
-Windows XP Home Edition 2002
-Service Pack 3

I need to take a look under the hood to tell if the RAM comes from a single ("1 GB") card or from two ("500 MB") cards. I would assume it would be the single GB as 960 seems fair with planned obsolescence. I'm not sure what other information I should obtain, but I don't have paperwork for the computer. All I have are the Microsoft dealer numbers and such.

So here's my questions: how would I find the max amount of RAM this PC can hold, and what would be a good fit (names would be nice) for chips? Is it worth it to upgrade the Motherboard to something like 3GHz? What other upgrades should I make to the PC to make it run higher level games with a greater speed?

Assuming I want to spend $400 max and have the ability to do all labor myself, is it worth it to upgrade the PC? Can this be achieved with $400?

Any help would be nice.
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Old 06-05-2011, 03:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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what motherboard is presently installed?

Is this a Brand Name computer like a Dell, HP, etc...? If it is please tell us the model number.
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Spent some time with the BIOS menu. Haven't found any usable info. The computer was custom created with Microsoft. The chassis is from Acer.
Some info from the Microsoft certification:

Product Key: xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx
Also says: X11-45393
And: N09-01991

I have no idea how to tell what the motherboard is. Would it not be the AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3500+?
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It's a prebuilt by Acer than and no Athlon is the processor. Let me dig around I bet i can find it.

Look familiar? http://www.usedwinnipeg.com/classifi...VD-RW_14758572
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Nope, that looks to recent. It's an 06 at the earliest.

I just finished reading the sticky. I'll be running CPU-Z and give you the results from there.
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Nope, that looks to recent. It's an 06 at the earliest.

I just finished reading the sticky. I'll be running CPU-Z and give you the results from there.
??? interesting since the one I showed you is an 04 lol Ok works for me.
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Processor
Name-AMD Athlon 64 3500+
CodeName- ClawHammer
Package-Socket 939
Core Speed - 2210.1 MHz
Bus Speed - 200.9 MHz

Mainboard
Manufacturer - ASUSTeK Computer INC.
Model- A8N-VM-CSM Rev1.xx
NViDIA GeForce 6150 Chipset
NVIDIA nForce 410/430 MCP Southbridge
Graphic Interface Version- PCI-Express
Link Width: x16
Max. Supported x16

Memory
Type - DDR
Size- 1024 MBytes
DRAM Frequency- 200.9 MHz

DirectX Version- DirectX 9.0c
Device Name- NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS
Approx Memory - 512.0 MB
Main Driver - nv4_disp.dll
Version - 6.14.0011.7516

Is there anything else I need to get you for info? Let me know and I'll have it for you. I think you may be right about that computer, but the chassis is different in the picture from what I have currently.
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This is much different than I expected but not for the better.

You could get a couple *up to 4* sticks of this for ram. Newegg.com - G.SKILL 1GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Desktop Memory Model F1-3200PHU1-1GBNS

But I wouldn't even suggest that. This machine is pretty old.
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What would your advise be? Should I spend $400-$600 upgrading the motherboard or just invest in a new computer as a whole? Is it even possible to just upgrade the motherboard and the RAM and have it run better?
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