Computer upgrade suggestions?

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  1. Eat Shit

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    Got a little bit of cash to spend at Fry's, wanting to speed up my computer if i can. Its nothing special just runs really slow while burning dvd's, etc...

    Computer is approximatly one year old, Got it at Best buy New.
    I used to have a shit load of movies, music on it but recently Moved it all to an external harddrive hoping to speed it up. When i bought it the Sales person claimed it was a good buy at the time as it was easily upgradeable compared to some of the other computers at the time.

    Any input is greatly appreciated, id like to start replacing some of it with newer faster stuff. Ive got about $200 to start with

    Its a stock gateway 507GR
    Intel Pentium4 530(3.0GHz) processor
    512MB PC3200 (400 MHz)
    200GB 7200 RPM SATA hard drive with 8 MB cache
    Intel GMA900
    Shared Video RAM: 64 MB (Max)
    Intel 915G motherbaord chipset
    16X/16X/4X double-layer DVD+/-RW drive
    48X CD-ROM drive
     
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    1997 CL 3.0 OG since 00

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    more ram will get you the most improvement for your buck. You didn't mention anything about gaming but a video card would give you decent performance if you play games. My vote is for more ram minimum 1gb and probalby 2 gb if you plan on going to Vista
     
  3. Eat Shit

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    Yea i dont play any games really, id like to be able to at some point when i have some time/interest. Id also like to be able to swap to vista.
     
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    What would be the next step after adding memory
     
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    512 is okay unless you're doing Autocad, playing games or doing a lot with pictures or video. For $200 I'd still probably go with 512 more and a good video card, or spend more money on another video card and skip the memory.

    You'll need both for Vista. 512MB is what's recommended, so that means it'll run on it but not like it should.
     
  6. Bona Fide

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    Buy a 1GB stick of DDR400 RAM. That should be under $100 at most places. Next, you may want to invest in another hard drive for more storage if you want.

    I would consider the RAM an essential upgrade. Beyond that, you can add more hard drive space, maybe a new processor. If you have an AGP slot, you could look into a graphics card.
     
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    a decient video card x1900 should take the load off the integrated graphics, makes a large difference
     
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    Ditto, a larger HDD isn't going to speed up the system. The memory is only good at the point where you need it.
     
  9. Eat Shit

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    I got a gig of ram, seems much better. Ill get a video card next.
    not too familiar with them though
     
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    If you want to use all the featuresof Vista, more memory and a 256MB graphics card will be needed.
     

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