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Donger
01-25-2009, 04:25 PM
I have an older Dell Dimension desktop that is about five years old. I recently did all the fun Microsoft updates that it has been bugging me about, and since then it is very lethargic. It is a Pentium 4 @ 2.0 GHz, Windows XP Home with SP3. After checking the system information, I see that it only has 256MB of RAM installed.

Would taking it to 1GB of RAM be worth the $60.00, or should I just get a new machine?

Opinions wanted. Bring them please.

pr_capone
01-25-2009, 04:32 PM
Do you do anything on that rig other than web browse and word process?

if no, then keep using it.

if you want to do more with it like video editing, gaming, or image editing... then its time for a new rig

Taco John
01-25-2009, 04:33 PM
Do you do anything on that rig other than web browse and word process?

if no, then keep using it.

if you want to do more with it like video editing, gaming, or image editing... then its time for a new rig


This.

Donger
01-25-2009, 04:52 PM
Do you do anything on that rig other than web browse and word process?

if no, then keep using it.

if you want to do more with it like video editing, gaming, or image editing... then its time for a new rig

Nope. Web surfing, paying bills, etc.

Will quadrupling the RAM make a big difference? Right now, it takes about 20 seconds to open up Firefox.

BCD
01-25-2009, 04:57 PM
Nope. Web surfing, paying bills, etc.

Will quadrupling the RAM make a big difference? Right now, it takes about 20 seconds to open up Firefox.Well, my machine is 2 yrs old. I have a 3gig Pent. 4. It came with 512mb of RAM, I now have 2gigs. The difference was huge. You should see quite a difference. Especially since you still have XP and not a resource hog like Vista.

phisherman
01-25-2009, 04:57 PM
It will make a huge difference.

XP needs a gig to really start running the way it's supposed to.

Donger
01-25-2009, 05:33 PM
Excellent advice, gentlemen. It felt dirty buying used RAM off Ebay, but new it was $500.00.

Errr, no.

pr_capone
01-25-2009, 05:43 PM
Excellent advice, gentlemen. It felt dirty buying used RAM off Ebay, but new it was $500.00.

Errr, no.


check out newegg.com

reasonable prices and you can get name brand memory as opposed to some random chineese made lead laden junk off ebay.

BCD
01-25-2009, 05:47 PM
Excellent advice, gentlemen. It felt dirty buying used RAM off Ebay, but new it was $500.00.

Errr, no.500? WTF?

Donger
01-25-2009, 05:56 PM
check out newegg.com

reasonable prices and you can get name brand memory as opposed to some random chineese made lead laden junk off ebay.

I did. It's RDRAM PC 800 (?) I guess it's expensive new.

'Hamas' Jenkins
01-25-2009, 05:58 PM
I did. It's RDRAM PC 800 (?) I guess it's expensive new.

It was the Laser Disc of RAM.

Donger
01-25-2009, 05:59 PM
It was the Laser Disc of RAM.

That figures.

DaFace
01-25-2009, 06:08 PM
I did. It's RDRAM PC 800 (?) I guess it's expensive new.

Ouch. I'm sorry. Be careful - a lot of machines require that stuff be installed in pairs, so check out what you need before you buy.

mdstu
01-25-2009, 06:44 PM
Hell if you shop around Tiger Direct/Newegg you could buy a new dual core with 2 or 3gb of ram for less than that.

This is from Tiger Direct right now.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/email/wem1826.asp?cm_re=Homepage-_-Spot%2001-_-email_wem1826

Donger
01-25-2009, 07:04 PM
Ouch. I'm sorry. Be careful - a lot of machines require that stuff be installed in pairs, so check out what you need before you buy.

Yep, I checked that. I'm getting four 256 modules, so I hope that I'm good.

StcChief
01-25-2009, 07:05 PM
check out newegg.com

reasonable prices and you can get name brand memory as opposed to some random chineese made lead laden junk off ebay.this. I have 512 P4 1.8 new drive / XP sp3 install..... it's a bear minimim (IMO). Going to a gig.
newegg good site for reasonably priced. make sure it's the right type of memory for your MOBO.

QuikSsurfer
01-25-2009, 07:05 PM
www.crucial.com
run the scanner tool

jspchief
01-25-2009, 07:12 PM
$60 to keep a 5 year old computer running nicely isn't much.

Currently I'm getting by on a gateway built in 2000 while my regular computer is in the shop. Over the years I added enough upgrades to make it run well for the minimum that I need. Kind of funny that My 8+ year old computer is going strong while my <2 yr old comp is in the shop.

Donger
01-25-2009, 08:32 PM
$60 to keep a 5 year old computer running nicely isn't much.

Currently I'm getting by on a gateway built in 2000 while my regular computer is in the shop. Over the years I added enough upgrades to make it run well for the minimum that I need. Kind of funny that My 8+ year old computer is going strong while my <2 yr old comp is in the shop.

No, it isn't. But, if it doesn't make a drastic improvement, I will just get a new machine. I was hoping that going from 256MB to 1 GB will make a drastic improvement.

We'll see. If not, I'm only out $60.