I have an old Dell Dimension 4600 computer that I want to give to my grandparents that was originally mine. They were told by their “IT guy” that something had blown on their old computer (I think the motherboard) and it was beyond economic repair, hence why I wanted to give them this.
My old Dell computer was purchased around 2003 and is a Pentium 4 2.8 GHz machine, with 512MB of RAM and a 80GB Hard Drive.
I have formatted the hard drive and re-installed Windows XP and updated that to SP3.
However the PC is struggling a bit and running pretty slow and looking at the Windows Task Manager the CPU usage is constantly hitting 100% making even the most basic of tasks painful. I guess all the latest versions of software (IE, Chrome, Avast, Windows XP SP3) are all dragging it down.
I appreciate that this is very old by today’s standards but as they will have limited use from it and it will be used for a bit of Internet browsing, emails and word processing I had hoped that this would be suitable.
Can anyone suggest any upgrades to make this perform better or is it just going to cost too much to make it worthwhile?