Learning about upgrading by doing it bit by bit, started by changing 56kb dial up for adsl & installing bb, installing 5 port usb 2.0 pci hub, finaly changing cpu from athlon 1500+ to 2400+. System has 60gb hd and 512mb ram running xp home. Thinking about changing motherboard next from asus a7a266 to epox ep-8kra2. Asus runs at 266mhz epox can run at 200,266,333 or 400 if i,m reading spec right. does this mean that every component on the board must run at the same fsb frequency? or is the motherboard capable of running with say at athlon 2700+ cpu and other components from the 266 mobo? Apologies if this is a really stupid question!
Cheers woodchip, been hearing that the easiest way to speed up a pc is to add ram, at the moment got 2 x 256 ddr, mobo could support 2gb. If I went for 2 x 512mb ddr would that make a noticeable diff? Think my next move may be increase ram & get a better graphics card. At the moment got an nvidia geforce2 mx400, should be able to improve on that for sensible money? any recomendations?
Thanks all, I think I will add more ram up to 1gb then follow that with a card round about the £100 to £150 mark, that should keep me busy for a while and look at mobos later, think I need to do more research on them.
It might be an idea to buy a graphics card first and save buying RAM until you get a new motherboard. That way you can make sure you don't end up with 1Gb of RAM that is not compatable with your new mobo. Just a thought. Hope this helps.