Saintsman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 2065 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1726 times:
I would imagine that you may have to update a few other things from a PC that old. If its just for a standby you might be better off buying second hand. People upgrade all the time and used PCs don't have a great value and most PCs are far too powerful for the average person's needs. Lets face it, 90% of people just surf the net and write the odd letter. You don't need anything too special to do that.
Another option for you - I've just brought my son a new PC (no monitor) off e-bay from the HP shop. £116 inc delivery. There are bargains to be had if you look.
ZakHH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1708 times:
Keep in mind that with the new motherboard, you will probably need new memory. Maybe even a new graphics card. All that will need more power, so you will need a new power supply unit as well. And if you want to use the increased performance of the HD interface, you will need a new HD.
You see where this is going - get yourself a new PC.
In my eyes, upgrading makes sense in cases like:
- upgrading the CPU on the existing motherboard,
- adding more memory,
- upgrading the graphics card,
- getting a bigger HD.
As soon as the motherboard is outdated, it is better to go for an all-new PC.
Dougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1687 times:
Thanks for the link to Pricewatch.
There are better prices with free shipping than CompUSA..
I realize it's an obsolete computer but it's something of a learning tool. I've done some internal upgrades already including power supply, hard drive, processor, and CD/RW drive, all at very low cost. It's part of my 'cheap computing' project.