View Full Version : Upgrading a friends computer...need advice

07-23-07, 06:54 PM
As it stands right now, my friend asked me for an upgrade, his following specs are:

1.5gb ram (2x 256 1x 1gb) DDR
AMD Athlon XP 2700+ (clocked at 2.15 ghz)
ASUSTeK A7V8X-X which seems to be locked into AMD Athlon XPs and Socket A processors
and a pretty solid GeForce6800XT video card.

I was thinking about the best way to upgrade this, getting the most performance without actually overhauling the whole machine.

Seeing as the board is locked to those specific processors, I don't think I can go to that much higher up on the processor ladder (does newegg even sell socket A athlon XPs??)

But a new board would definitely be DDR2 rather than DDR, so if I got a new board I'd have to get new RAM.

Is there any happy medium for me? IE get a new board but keep the ram, or keep the board and get the best Athlon XP AMD chip?

07-23-07, 07:22 PM
That machine isn't worth putting any money into. Ram and motherboards are cheap right now. Convince your friend to pony up.

07-23-07, 08:04 PM
I'll have to agree w/ 64 bit on this one. It's really too old. If money's an issue, he can get a new dell for a few hundred bucks.

07-24-07, 01:13 AM
How much money does your friend want to spend on this. Give me this info and I can help out.