whats the best way to speed up the pc

  leeknight67 13:24 27 Apr 2003

i have a pentium 500 mhz 128mbram and i want to speed it up a lot whats the best thing to buy for it

  AndySD 13:29 27 Apr 2003

Keeping your present setup then add 128mb ram and upgrade the graphics card.

  pj123 13:38 27 Apr 2003

Use the whip! No, seriously, AndySD is right. Add more memory, you could also increase your swap file if the Hard Disk is big enough.

Also perhaps, a disk cleanup and defrag might help.

  AndySD 13:39 27 Apr 2003

ps how much do you want to spend?

  soy 13:46 27 Apr 2003

Definatly more RAM, the more the better.

And maybe a new 7200rpm hard drive (if you don't have one already).

If your motherboard exepts it, a new higher processor. Although this is expensive method, it will help with video/image/Games and make everything that bit faster.
If you can, a 1Ghz upgrade would be good. If you can't get this or higher, don't bother with it.

  duplo 13:52 27 Apr 2003

You could prob get a new Mobo, 256RAM (DDR), new CPU (say an 1800 Atlon- arount £50) and a graphics card for say £200-250...

I dont know if your PSU or case would take it, so factor in another £30 for those.

If you want to keep you basic spec, more Ram works a treat and will speed up Windows!

  flecc 14:33 27 Apr 2003

If you're still using the original Windows installation on that PC, a format and clean installation of Windows will speed it up considerably since Windows gets clogged over time.

Also reviewing the range of installed programs and dumping what is hardly ever used is helpful, plus changing bloated programs for more compact ones where suitable. There are huge variations in program sizes which are rarely considered when choosing software. Word processors and graphics editors for example range from under a megabyte each to dozens of times that size, and the size certainly isn't always connected to the performance.

This software approach will always result in larger gains at lower costs than a hardware approach.

  jediknight007 15:45 27 Apr 2003

You could try minimizing the stuff which starts up at the same time as Windows such as Messenger. You could also spend a small bit on 128MB of RAM since that will speed up your PC quite a bit.

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