I have a HP Media Center m7281.uk Desktop PC Specification below; click here
Ive had it for a few years but not sure wether to upgrade some of the components or just spend a lot of money to get a new pc. This computer has a fairly faster clock speed of 3.2 ghz which is good? and buying a new computer with that speed is expensive? So i want to upgrade my computer, such as adding more ram seeing as it has 1gb, which is hardly anything nowadays. Improving the graphics card and possibly getting a HD screen.
Im not sure how to upgrade it, I want to make it 4gb ram but not sure what chips to buy. I'm not sure seeing as there are many different speeds and I dont know how fast the proccesor can take so please help me with this.
Iv also been looking at Graphic cards and having similar problems. Also all the PCI express, x16, PCI Express 0.2? These are all confusing me so please may someone help me out here :)
As Stuartli said not a lot of scope. I recently updated a laptop to 4gb only two slots and it had 1gb (2x512mb.) It only shows a 3gb as that is all windows 16bit will recognise. Frankly running XP I did not notice much difference in speed. Adding 2x1gb making 3gb would cost about £45. Google Crucial and run their adviser program. It gives a graph of the likely benefit in adding variable amounts of memory. Although 3.2ghz sounds high in comparison to current speeds. Later technology with faster frontside bus and core2duo processors with larger caches a 1.8ghz would be faster than yours. Frankly unless you really want to spend money live with what you have as it is not that bad.
For general browsing, emails, office type use, it is ample fast enough and the 1GB memory rarely gets fully used. If you do lots of video / heavy image editing / meaty games, then more memory may be useful.
If you open the Task Manager (Ctl+Alt+Del) and go to the Performance Tab, the bottom left hand area "Commit Charge" will tell you what is going on:
"Total" is the current memory usage "Limit" is the max. available (including your on disk page file. "Peak" is the max. used since last boot.
In your case, as long as the Peak doesn't get above (or rarely goes above) approx. 1048000, then you aren't paging and so additional memory would be pointless.