Worth changing Motherboard & CPU ?

  Commander Straker 15:51 29 Apr 2009

My 'old' PC Has AMD Athlon 2000+ CPU and Asus A7V333 Motherboard. It takes an age to boot up and shut down despite Registry Cleaning, Spyware cleaning etc and upping memory to 768Mb and is generally slow in other ways. Is it worth changing Board and CPU with something better whilst retaining my existing HDDs, DVD drives etc (I have an AGP Graphics card currently but could make do with on board graphics and buy a PCIe card later). Any thoughts would be welcome, including if I can just plug the current HDD with XP into the Mboard and it will just carry on working. Any Motherboard Bundle sites you'd recommend ?
Many thanks.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:24 29 Apr 2009

if I can just plug the current HDD with XP into the Mboard and it will just carry on working.

No will have wrong drivers and windows may not even boot at all.

a) Clear out all temporay files and folders -- use Crap Cleaner click here

b) check for spyware and viruses you have already done.

c)registry cleaned done.

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Rght click MY Computer - select propeties - Advanced tab - Performance - advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a differnt drive (if you have one), click custom size and set Initial size to one and a half times the amount of memory you have fitted i.e. 512MB memory = set to 768MB, set maximum to double your memory amount i.e. 512MB memory = 1024MB click ok.
If your hard drive is full and there is not enough room for the pagefile this can slow down, freeze or even cause the PC to crash (restart).

e) Cut down on the programs that load at startup -- Start - Run type msconfig - startup tab- untick everything except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware

and the services that run in the background. click here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:41 29 Apr 2009

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives / IDE Channels:

i) Check the transfer rate, you need to have the transfer mode set to DMA not PIO.
Right click My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager - Expand (click the + ) IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers right click Primary Channel - Advanced Settings Tab -
If transfer Mode is PIO then follow the instructions at click here to change.

ii) Check for errors and defrag your hard drives -- My Computer - select drive - properties - tool tab - Error checking / Defragmentation.

ii) If you are using Windows XP or Vista, it's a good idea to convert your system drive to the NTFS file system if you have not already. In addition to providing numerous security and data recovery improvements over FAT32 (the file system of choice for Windows 9x/ME and XP Home) it can also speed up your system slightly.

In fact, the only real reason for sticking with the FAT32 file system for any of your data is if you have more than one operating system on your PC and the other OS's can only see FAT32 partitions (as would be the case with Windows 98, for example, which is incapable of reading NTFS data).

To convert your drives to NTFS:
Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage'
From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.'
Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your logical drives is using. Make a note of this information.
Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing 'cmd'
To convert a disk to NTFS, type 'convert (drive letter): /fs:ntfs'
So for example, if you were going to convert your C: drive, you would type 'Convert c: /fs:ntfs' at the prompt.

b) Drivers
Obtain the newest drivers for your hardware
This may seem a bit obvious, but keeping your system's drivers up to date can give both your performance and stability a boost. Video card manufacturers release updates especially often, and these can often give "significant boosts" to gaming performance as video card in question is "optimized."

Don't neglect the other components of your system either. Your motherboard manufacturer may have released newer versions of its Input/output drivers for your board, and sound cards and other peripherals can also benefit from newer software.

  Commander Straker 12:41 01 May 2009

Thanks for the detailed response. Not tried CC's Registry cleaner before and that does seem to have speeded things up a bit. Do you think the proposed Motherboard/ CPU change is a waste of time ? I was assuming that I could connect the existing HDDs (inc XP) up to it, load the necessary drivers, and carry on as before - have I oversimplified the task ?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:02 01 May 2009

have I oversimplified the task ?

Yes XP willnot boot off another oard / chip without removing drivers first.

Also windows will see it as a new computer and therfore you will have to re authenticate your license which if you have an OEM version MS will not do and you will need to buy another copy of windows.

  Commander Straker 13:40 01 May 2009

Good point on the OEM Windows version I had not thought of that aspect.
Thanks again for taking the time to walk me through it !

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