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i have an older somputer that is running extremely slow. it has 1GBof RAM in it currently. if i put 2 GB RAM into it will that

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December 6, 2013 8:14:51 AM

upgrading my older computer.
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December 6, 2013 8:22:22 AM

yes, the jump from 1gb to 2 is significant. (from 2 to 4 is so so, from 4 to 8 is hard to notice)
make sure you get the same kind of ram though, (ddr1 or 2 i assume)
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December 6, 2013 8:23:26 AM

More ram in a system typically helps, though I suspect if its a computer with 1gb of ram, then its likely so old and the ram for it will be expensive enough that you'd better off upgrading the whole system. You can find older core2duo and core2quad refurbished systems for 300~400 on newegg or other places quite commonly
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December 6, 2013 8:25:36 AM

Yes, but the software is also a major consideration. The hardware is running exactly the same as when you bought it. But now you have a few years worth of install, uninstall, partial uninstall, startup entries, etc, etc, etc.

All that will contribute to it "running extremely slow".

Consider a major cleanout of old crap, and possibly a fresh reinstall of everything you're currently using, starting with the OS.
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December 6, 2013 8:41:11 AM

USAFRet said:
Yes, but the software is also a major consideration. The hardware is running exactly the same as when you bought it. But now you have a few years worth of install, uninstall, partial uninstall, startup entries, etc, etc, etc.

All that will contribute to it "running extremely slow".

Consider a major cleanout of old crap, and possibly a fresh reinstall of everything you're currently using, starting with the OS.


i actually did a fresh install of windows vista in it. that is what was originally in it. it is still running extremly slow though. the motherboard i have is a "winfast" motherboard. dont know if you are familiar with that type. do you think it would e worth upgrading the CPU as well?

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December 6, 2013 8:50:45 AM

matthewcaravella said:
USAFRet said:
Yes, but the software is also a major consideration. The hardware is running exactly the same as when you bought it. But now you have a few years worth of install, uninstall, partial uninstall, startup entries, etc, etc, etc.

All that will contribute to it "running extremely slow".

Consider a major cleanout of old crap, and possibly a fresh reinstall of everything you're currently using, starting with the OS.


i actually did a fresh install of windows vista in it. that is what was originally in it. it is still running extremly slow though. the motherboard i have is a "winfast" motherboard. dont know if you are familiar with that type. do you think it would e worth upgrading the CPU as well?



'worth upgrading' depends on the specs of the entire machine, and what it can be upgraded to.
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December 10, 2013 11:42:28 AM

Invest in windows 7 and get rid of vista. That should help speed things up (maybe as much as the ram would).
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