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    Upgrading a PC

    Hi folks,

    Current spec:
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    Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.00GHZ
    1GB RAM (2 x 512MB)
    Vista (32 Bit)

    Problem:
    Multi-tasking and switing between programs is slow and startup is fairly slow. Even loading internet explorer is intiially slow.

    Solution???
    I would like it to be faster and I am considering upgrading the RAM to 4GB (2x2GB), would this be a the best solution and would I see much difference with this.

    Not really looking to spend much more than £40-50.

    Thanks in advace you's tech guys

    9 Comments

    Definitely get more RAM; Vista likes to use 1Gb so you're not leaving yourself with much.

    I have the same spec as you and I'm after upgrading for going for a new laptop - not sure which would be more cost effective

    if £40-50 is your budget, definitely go for ram, its the easiest way to boost a pc's performance.

    I wouldnt go for 4Gb RAM as Vista 32bit doesnt use it all

    ram will help a little.
    Going back to XP will make quite a difference
    But 4 multi tasking realistically a dual/quad core cpu is best

    *based on actual experience

    Startup will always take a while, that's just one of the characteristics of vista.

    The other stuff can probably be solved by upgrading to 2GB of ram. 2GB to 4GB apparently doesn't help nearly as much but if you're planning to keep the PC for another few years then it might be a good idea as memory prices are fairly low at the moment.

    Do you have aero turned on (are the talkbars and window surrounds translucent)? If so then that may make vista feel sluggish on a PC that age if it didn't come with a good graphics card.

    As said go 2GB ram, 'downgrade' to XP and DEFRAG your hard drive. It will also help if you go through your startup files and kill quickstart carp like acrobat reader etc because they're not really needed and waste resources :thumbsup:

    Shengis;3318200

    As said go 2GB ram, 'downgrade' to XP and DEFRAG your hard drive. It will … As said go 2GB ram, 'downgrade' to XP and DEFRAG your hard drive. It will also help if you go through your startup files and kill quickstart carp like acrobat reader etc because they're not really needed and waste resources :thumbsup:



    agreed vista is nothing more that a graphical display of nothingness XP is mucho better

    Alfonse;3318243

    agreed vista is nothing more that a graphical display of nothingness XP … agreed vista is nothing more that a graphical display of nothingness XP is mucho better



    And XP is just some fancy graphics over windows 2000 so it's better to go with that instead.

    Stick with Vista now that you've got it unless you really can't get it to run well.
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