That temp is a little warm, but survivable. You might want to clean off all dust with some compressed dry air or something and see if it gets much better. Or try the old housefan on the open case to see if your case's airflow is bad. But if nothing is locking up you shouldn't really worry.
As for the system, I'd aim at doubling your RAM (if not quadrupling it, depending on how rich you are) and replacing the video card with something stronger.
If replacing the video card makes the system unstable you may need a new PSU too. You may not though, so unless you have money to burn, no need to upgrade that until you need it.
Well, i just cleaned out my pc (Crap loads of dust),
i had an open slot on my PCI slots because it didnt come with any blank slides, but i managed to get one off my other PC and covered that up, I think that might have been messing with the wind tunnel in the case.
I currently have a fan on the side pannel of the case, a fan on the front, a fan on the cpu, and a fan in the PSU. I will upgrade the fan on my PSU to a decent one, and maybe the one on the side of the case. Hopefully it will keep it cool.
I am having trouble finding memory though, with my motherboard i only have 2 slots for memory so i want to make the most of them, preferebly 1x1024mb memory stick, or 2x1024mb memory sticks (might add the second one at a later date)
Anyhow, i dont know what to look for when buying memory, anyone got any advice?
I also am willing to spend a fair bit on a decent graphics card, seen as the AGP are phasing out, i want a decent one that will last me as long as possible. Anyone have any recomendations?
I have been looking at the 6800GT (recomended earlier) which costs around £230.
I have also seen this one, http://www.cclonline.com/product-info.asp?product_id=29...
The Sapphire 256MB X800XL VIVO AGP
To find out if you do have a virus, google for "housecall" Trend micro has a good program that will do a free remote check of your system.
I'm going to go way out there, and say upgrade your mobo and chip. Not that xp chips are that bad, just A64s are that much better. I also am not too impressed with via's 600 chipset, nor the performance of that board.
Why hang onto agp, when you could be moving up to nforce4.
Get yourself an Abit AN8 board, an A64 3500, 512 more ram, and an x800XL. You will see a major improvement in perf.
You can also cut 37 secs from your boot time, by going to run typing in msconfig, then clicking on boot ini and reducing the time you have to choose OS, from 30 secs to 3. While you are there, check in the startup, to see if you really need all those programs loaded before windows opens. I generally unclick everything, except antivirus and anti-spyyware, but then you may want to keep IM.
Thanks for the responses,
I have heard from a few people that my CPU is still 'Ok', so at the moment i think i will stick with the CPU and Mobo, and upgrade sometime in the future with a new PCI-e graphics card.
your CPU is a very good CPU! don't let anyone tell you otherwise
I would still recommend a 3200+ to people who want the most bang for the buck. it's a strong and modern CPU with full support for everything today. it shuold last you a few years. sure it's not Dual core, but dualcore isnt always the way to go, Keep that CPU as it will bide you well
but the temp is way too warm. my 3700+ only runs at 32c idle and 45c under load. check your fan speeds or thermal paste. sometimes after a bit it needs to be replaced..I recommend Arctic Silver paste it truly made a difference to mine by several degrees.
the ONLY things yo need is ram and video card... try getting a good dual channel kit and you'll be set with 1gig ram.
and video card there are a LOT of options. the x800xl is a GREAT card, but i personally recommend the Geforce 6800GT (6800GS is a good option that just came out). Avoid any LE version video card!!!!
I think I'd go with the GeForce card too. I still generally prefer nVidia over ATI. Just a personal preference though. I've used both. No complaints from either. I mean it's not like they're Matrox or something.