Older computer

  aitch2 12:12 19 Jul 2006

My older computer is a P2-400Mz, with 256MB, 30HDD based on an Intel 440BX motherboard. It has an A-Drive, DVD re-writer and a CD-ROM, a Zip100 drive+ethernet.Been running Win98-SP2 but I am now wondering as to the practicality of upgrading to a new motherboard and HDD( the existing one is starting to go). Is it worth it or are there better options for a compltely new base unit incorporating the drives etc? Possibly use it for some video editing. Any guidance much appreciated.

  Gongoozler 12:27 19 Jul 2006

Hi aitch2. Economically you would probably be better advised to buy a new base unit, but I must admit that I haven't bout a computer since mine was new in 1995. Since then I have upgraded so many parts so many times that there is nothing of the original remaining. In the process of multiple upgrades I have learned an enormous amount about computers to such an extent that to family and friends I'm considered to be an "expert". If you fancy a challenge go for an upgrade, but if you want an easy solution with a warranty, then buy a new computer or base unit.

  Gongoozler 12:31 19 Jul 2006

To put costs in perspective, have a look at the price of a barebones system click here, or a complete base unit click here

  chub_tor 12:38 19 Jul 2006

The 440BX doesn't use DDR memory as far as I remember so you can salvage the case - the Floppy - the DVD re-writer - the CD ROM - the ZIP100 (ugh) - the ethernet card if it's PCI - and the 30Gb hard drive. You can start with a motherboard/cpu bundle add some memory and go from there. If you like front USB you might go for a new case as well.

  Gongoozler 12:44 19 Jul 2006

For video editing you want a large hard drive (300G or more?) and as much memory as you can afford, at least 1G. A fast processor will help and a reasonably good graphics card but nothing too exotic - they are for gamers.

  sean-278262 12:47 19 Jul 2006

With the prices on todays base units

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AMD Athlon™ 64 3200+ Processor
with HyperTransport™ Technology
Genuine Windows® XP Home
ASUS A8N-VM PCI- X Mainboard
512MB DDR 400 Memory
160GB Serial ATA Hard Drive
128MB NVIDIA Geforce 6100 Graphics
17" TFT LCD Monitor with
Multi Media, Digital & 8ms response time
Super Format(+R/-R/RW/RAM) DVD Writer
5.1 Channel Surround Sound Audio
Logitech Desktop KB & Optical Mouse
Classic Warranty-3Years parts & lab. Gr. Icon
£ 307.96 inc VAT

It is more cost effective to just get a new system and sell the old one. You can do better than that as well for price.

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Go for a new unit in my opinion. You could even take the parts from your current system and recycle them into the new system.


  keef66 15:26 19 Jul 2006

forget it. Buy a new base unit. Don't even think of adding any of your old components to it.

  Belatucadrus 15:41 19 Jul 2006

Or if the CPU/MOBO package does everything you want, just buy a new hard drive. Video editing would probably bring it to it's knees though , so a new base unit may be on the cards.

  aitch2 14:08 20 Jul 2006

Thanks eveyone, much appreciated for all help and advice,

  Gongoozler 09:45 21 Jul 2006

Aitch2, just to satisfy our curiosity, when the time comes let us know what your final decision is.

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