Hi guys. My parents have an old pc i built for them maybe 6 - 7 years ago. It has a Giga-Byte GA-7IXE4 mobo with a Duron 700Mhz cpu and 640Mb P133 SDRAM. From the mobo specs it can take up to 768Mb of RAM (not gonna be much improvement there) and up to an Athlon 1500+ Palamino cpu. (click here) Problem is I can't find any cpu's that are on a 200Mhz FSB, only a 1300 DURON on ebay (click here). If i'm gonna do this, I want to make it as good as possible and I don't think there will enogh benifit from what seems available at the moment. Does anyone know a place I can get a 200FSB cpu for not much dosh?
I know I have the option of changing the mobo and getting a more up to date cpu AND RAM but I want to fully explore this avenue first.
You haven't mentioned the graphics, if it's using on-board then adding a VGA card could be worth looking at, it'd take some of the load off the CPU and effectively increase the RAM by freeing up whatever was allocated to it.
I've seen a very cheap mobo on eBuyer, got good reviews, takes a dual core AMD chip and DDR2 RAM, has ATA & SATA, LAN, ob sound & graphics but has graphics slot too in a mini ATX form. List of Mobo's here (click here)
PS best thing about the first link I posted, You do not have to shop round it's got a warrenty for twelve months and it should work out of the box . VISTA already loaded, Dual layer Burner check it out
I think it's a full disc but REALLY don't want to do a re-install of XP. It would take me ages to find all their stuff that they need to back up first and loading all the programs that get used, I REALLY REALLY don't want to do a re-install, not least to mention the time involved.
The system on eBuyer looks good but it's well out of their price range. The mobo, cpu and RAM i looked at can be got for about £80 or so on ebuyer and ebay.