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Right lads I hope some of you techno bods can help me.

 

2 things Im need some advice/help on.

 

1) Im asking for more RAM for me PC for Xmas as I currently have 512mb and tbh it aint up to the job anymore. Ive deicded to upgrade to 1gb but Ive no idea what I should be looking for in terms of spec/ what will fit in my PC. looking on ebuyer.com it seems theres loads of different types but how do I find out which one I need for my PC.

 

2) My standard 80gb Hard drive is nearly full so Im gonna get another one. Now I want an internal one but again Ive no idea what I should be looking for when it comes to making sure it will be compatible with my PC.

Ive got me eye on this one : - http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/110736  :cool:

 

Any help/advice would be appreciated.

 

Cheers lads  :thup:

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Need to know what motherboard you have, you might need an old IDE hard disk, and whether it takes DDR/DDR2 and then what speeds it supports.

 

Also, 750GB HDs are not exactly in a price sweet-spot, you'd be better off getting a couple of 400gig Samsung drives (by far the best manufacturer). http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=413460.

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Need to know what motherboard you have, you might need an old IDE hard disk, and whether it takes DDR/DDR2 and then what speeds it supports.

 

Also, 750GB HDs are not exactly in a price sweet-spot, you'd be better off getting a couple of 400gig Samsung drives (by far the best manufacturer). http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=413460.

 

Ok so I did the RAM checker above (thanks for the link) and was told I have a ASRock P4V88+ Motherboard

 

Details here http://www.asrock.com/product/P4V88+.htm

 

Based on this Im assuming that DDR ram is what Im after but It doesnt really make it clear what Hard drive features I should be looking for.

 

Can you shed any light on it for me

 

Cheers

 

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Basically, that motherboard can take a SATA or an old IDE drive.

 

For the sake of simplicity (it generally can be a lot more complicated to install windows on a SATA disk), I'd purchase an IDE drive, your PSU may not even possess the power connectors for a SATA drive. IDE disks cost a couple of quid more but are still no slower than SATA drives.

 

Your current disk is probably IDE, if you check it, it will have two cables coming out. An IDE disk will have either a fat round cable or a 1.5inch wide ribbon. http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=442829

 

For memory, you'll want some cheap DDR400 (PC3200). There wouldn't be anything wrong with http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=97647

 

Keep in mind that you're upgrading an old PC which has no real upgrade route for CPU or graphics card today, so I'd reconsider whether the RAM is worth getting (bearing in mind it's not exactly suitable for the motherboards of today).

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Basically, that motherboard can take a SATA or an old IDE drive.

 

For the sake of simplicity (it generally can be a lot more complicated to install windows on a SATA disk), I'd purchase an IDE drive, your PSU may not even possess the power connectors for a SATA drive. IDE disks cost a couple of quid more but are still no slower than SATA drives.

 

Your current disk is probably IDE, if you check it, it will have two cables coming out. An IDE disk will have either a fat round cable or a 1.5inch wide ribbon. http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=442829

 

For memory, you'll want some cheap DDR400 (PC3200). There wouldn't be anything wrong with http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=97647

 

Keep in mind that you're upgrading an old PC which has no real upgrade route for CPU or graphics card today, so I'd reconsider whether the RAM is worth getting (bearing in mind it's not exactly suitable for the motherboards of today).

 

Thanks very much for the advice it is much appreciated. I didnt realise my PC was so out of date now. My CPU is this one : - CPU Family:  Intel® Pentium® 4 CPU 2.60GHz Model 2, Stepping 9

CPU Speed:  2592 MHz

 

I recently upgraded the graphics card to this one : http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/63702 and was planning on going through the areas I could upgrade one by one with RAM being next. What would your next move be if you were in my shoes?

 

Thanks

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It's a hard question really. You're in a situation where you can't upgrade to any of the most recent CPU/mobo chipsets because you've spent money on an AGP card (and they all use PCI-E now), while if you spend money upgrading to a recent AGP chipset, you'll be stuck with that graphics card forever.

 

I'm not even sure if you are CPU limited in games, if you aren't then you could probably just buy the memory.

 

I don't think I can really answer that question, if I were you I'd ask a hardware forum, bit-tech.net tend to be helpful.

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It's a hard question really. You're in a situation where you can't upgrade to any of the most recent CPU/mobo chipsets because you've spent money on an AGP card (and they all use PCI-E now), while if you spend money upgrading to a recent AGP chipset, you'll be stuck with that graphics card forever.

 

I'm not even sure if you are CPU limited in games, if you aren't then you could probably just buy the memory.

 

I don't think I can really answer that question, if I were you I'd ask a hardware forum, bit-tech.net tend to be helpful.

 

Ok I will try the forum and see what they say. Ive not got huge amounts of money to spend on stuff and will be asking for most of the stuff for upgrading from family members at Xmas so will probably end up getting 2gb of RAM and at least 1 x 400gb hard drive. Being relatively new to the PC scene however is making it difficult in working out exactly what I need.

 

Thanks again for the help.

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