upgrading help required

  copyman 22:24 21 Jan 06

I have a 4yr old Packard Bell pc running XP with an Intel Celeron 1.10 Ghz CPU, 256Mb RAM and a 20Gb HDD. I want to upgraade this by changing the CPU & HDD. Can I just put in a CPU or do I have to change motherboard? Also, can I add a second HDD or do I have to re-load XP onto a larger HDD?

  xania 22:58 21 Jan 06

You will have to check your mobo manual to see the maximum size the board will take, but frankly any benefit is liely to be small. ANy upgrade shoul;d include the mobo to make sure you get the most up-to-date technology you can afford.

  kjrider 23:18 21 Jan 06

Would advise more Ram and a 2nd HD should be easy to plug in.

You can download PC Advisor to check out your PC spec and system.

  VoG II 23:23 21 Jan 06

Belarc Advisor would be better ;o)

click here

  jakimo 00:11 22 Jan 06

For economy follow kjrider`s advice,for memory upgrade, log on to crucial who will calculate what memory is compatible with your mobo (extra 256Mb minimum). Any further upgrading will get expensive (Mobo-cpu-maybe psu-new type mem)better to buy a budget system

  copyman 07:57 22 Jan 06

Many thanks all, maybe in a few months when I can afford it I will either buy a completely new PC or build 1 from scratch.

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