About a year ago, I brought a second hand PIII 800 off ebay, all I could afford at the time. I added to it, supplanting the 8 gig 5400rpm Fujitsu with a 80gig 7200rpm WD. Replaced the CD-ROM with a Lite-On 16x Dual Layer Burner, and than replaced the COmpaq P50 salvaged from a pentium I with a generic CRT that maxed out at 800x600, salvaged from a 486DX. Than replaced that with an LG L1717S 17" LCD at 1280x1024, figuring getting thicker glasses would be more expensive than the $300 I paid for the LCD. Oh yeah, when the PS2 ports broke about a week after I got it, I brought a USB-PS2 adapter, than later a Microsoft wireless keyboard that goes straight into USB. And when the onboard sound failed I stuck in a Creative Soundblaster Live 5.1 Digital.
Anyways, the core of the system, the PIII-800 part, with 256mb RAM, a geforce 4MX and a PCI NIC hasnt been upgrading, and funnily enough is sort of limiting performance. Anyways, here is proposed upgrade, with links to manufacturer websites.
i'd say ditch the case and mobo unless you really need the inegrated graphics, you could get a board with pci 16 and agp and then upgrade later. the venice core 3200 is only 160.00 on newegg.com i dont know where you buy from...case wise just get the 54 doller centurion and a 450 watt antec powersupply(the best) because bundled powesupply suck and will short your whole sytem, better to be safe than sorry find a cheap mobo(the pci16 agp ones are like 60) and i think youve saved enough money to buy about a 175 doller graphics card. yay. Peace
Not here, buddy - All prices are in AUSTRALIAN Dollars,not your funny american ones - who would of thought of making money out of paper?
I cant use newegg, the board displayed is about the cheapest one that i can use NOW without having to pay for a graphics card right away. Good suggestion with AGP and PCI-E board, and I would do that except they havent been released here yet, not in findable volumes anyways.
Now, for surfing and email it isnt bad, but i frewuently run Corel Bryce 5, firefox, Macromedia Fireworks 6, Macromedia Dreamworks 6, itunes and MSN at the same time, as well as whatever else I need to bring up, usually word or notepad. I also use this machine for gaming, and at the moment I cant play Battlefield 2, Battlefield Vietnam (not a decent FPSa anyways) or Doom 3, and the games i can play are on 640x480 with no eye candy, which makes it look like lego on my LCD.