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    i'm looking to upgrade my computer. it's a few years old now and it's getting quite slow. i need it if possible to be able to play more or less recent games. if this is not possible i just need to increase its speed considerably. it will be my first time upgrading, i have done some background reading into the subject. i won't change the motherboard since that would be too complicated for me to do. i'm willing to spend about £200 on it. i need your advice. these are the specs:

    Computer Type ACPI Uniprocessor PC
    Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
    Internet Explorer 6.0.2900.2180 (IE 6.0 SP2)
    DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)

    Motherboard
    CPU Type Intel Celeron-S, 1400 MHz (14 x 100)
    Motherboard Name ECS P6IWF (3 PCI, 1 CNR, 2 DIMM, Audio, Video)
    Motherboard Chipset Intel Whitney i810E
    System Memory 256 MB (PC133 SDRAM)
    BIOS Type AMI (06/12/02)

    Display
    Video Adapter Intel(R) 82810E Graphics Controller (Microsoft Corporation) (32 MB)
    3D Accelerator Intel i752
    Monitor NEC A527 Packard Bell [15" CRT] (TTMN14800526)

    Multimedia
    Audio Adapter Intel 82801BA ICH2 - AC'97 Audio Controller [B-5]

    Storage
    IDE Controller Intel(R) 82801BA Ultra ATA Storage Controller - 244B
    Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
    Disk Drive WDC WD400EB-11CPF0 (37 GB, IDE)
    Optical Drive HL-DT-ST CD-RW GCE-8400B (40x/12x/40x CD-RW)
    Optical Drive HL-DT-ST DVD-ROM GDR8160B (16x/48x DVD-ROM)

    I was thinking of getting a 256Mb ATI Radeon graphics card, perhaps increase RAM to 1gig and getting a 160GB Maxtor DiamondMax SATA hdd and a LiteOn Dual Format & Double Layer dvd writer. is this too ambitious? i'm not at all sure if this is possible with this motherboard, any recommendations? or am i better off just buying a completely new computer?

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    You are better off starting from scratch.
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    I agree.

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    i'd concentrate on cpu and vid card, which will drain 200 quickly, but it's the main gaming power.

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    While "upgrading" this PC might make short term sense, it really is an inefficient use of resources (i.e.,money).
    In essense, this PC is a basic, sturdy, office workstation and was never meant to be more...any cash spent on parts (save the drives) would go down the drain with it as they would not be compatable with the newer platforms.
    Quote Originally Posted by WannaPlay
    it's a few years old now and it's getting quite slow.
    Add 256MB of RAM, reformat and reinstall.
    Quote Originally Posted by WannaPlay
    i need it if possible to be able to play more or less recent games.
    Does your motherboard even have an AGP slot?
    Quote Originally Posted by WannaPlay
    if this is not possible i just need to increase its speed considerably.
    Trade 'er in.
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    sounds like this is a lost cause. i guess i'll improve it with some RAM so that it lasts a while longer. is it worth getting 2*256 of RAM? looks like that's all it can take.

    Expansion Slots 3 PCI, 1 CNR
    RAM Slots 2 DIMM
    PCI/AGP video, Intel i752 Video Adapter, Intel i752 3D Accelerator

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    It'll help ya but not much just a waste of cash.

    All spelling mistakes and grammatical errors in my post's are intentional.

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    You should be able to grab some second-hand PC133 SDRAM very cheap but test it with memtest86 before buying.

    A better bet would be to get an upgrade bundle from a reputable website (one that's not too hard to take stuff back to under warranty) or computer fair.
    You could get a cheap mobo, CPU, RAM and GFX card for your £200 but it ain't gonna rock the world... just improve considerably what you have now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chewie UK
    You could get a cheap mobo, CPU, RAM and GFX card for your £200 but it ain't gonna rock the world... just improve considerably what you have now.
    Maybe, but if this a manufactured PC (Dell, Sony, etc.) I'll bet the "restore disc" won't work, so he'll need a clean OS to install as well.
    Just another factor to consider.
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  10. Software & Hardware   -   #10
    thx chewie that's great advice. i'll check out some of these computer fairs. looked for a upgrade bundle didnít see anything appealing though, did u have a site in mind? i'm a new comer to the innards of a computer so i'll probably stick to the simple stuff for now how do i know what's compatible with this motherboard besides trial and error and fuc*ing up the computer at it...

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