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User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1843 times:

Looking to update my standby computer, a vintage 1999 IBM. Is this a good upgrade?


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User currently offlineSaintsman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 2065 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1812 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.

User currently offlineZakHH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1794 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As soon as the motherboard is outdated, it is better to go for an all-new PC.

User currently offlineSmcmac32msn From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2211 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1791 times:

Heres a great website for shopping lower prices too. http://www.pricewatch.com

You can get some really good deals on there, but heed the company ratings. A lot of computer geeks use that stuff and if they say the company is bad, the company is bad.

Hey Obama, keep the change! I want my dollar back.
User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1773 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.

I like what I see at Pricewatch.


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