Well my PC is running incredibly slow and is getting a bit old now but I am broke at the moment so looking for the cheapest way to sort it out.
The CPU/RAM monitor in Windows 7 says the RAM usage is pretty much always over 80% even now when I am just downloading a few things and typing on here, it can shoot up way over 90% if I should try burning a CD whilst surfing the net and downloading.
I've formatted the hard drive and installed Windows freshly but still very slow, it may be that I din't have enough RAM to run Windows 7 but I had the same problem with Vista and downgrading below that is not really an option.
CPU is an Athlon 64 X2 3800+ and I have 2gig of RAM installed (I think it's PC2700 but I could be completely wrong as it has been a long time since I built it and I am really out of touch with PC components now!)
It has 3 hard drives, all SATA.
Baring in mind that the most complex game it gets used for is Solitaire I only need it for word processing, downloading, streaming to xbox & ps3 and browsing the internet. Occasionally it gets used for photo editiing but nothing hardcore.
So really what I want to know is would it be worth me getting some more RAM?
(One problem is although I think the motherboard can handle up to 4gb all the 4 slots are filled with 512mb sticks)
Or would I be better off saving towards a barebones system and keeping to hard drives and other bits?
Seems like older RAM is really expensive at the moment.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.