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October 22, 2010 7:23:51 PM

Any recommendations for giving some new life to my 3.5 year old pc. Used for photoshop and ligthroom.

I plan on buying more memory.

Anything else that would be fairly straightforward for a non tech person?

Here is my system specs:

ANTEC, Performance One P180 Black Mid-Tower Computer Case, ATX, 450W PSU

ASUS, P5N-E SLI, LGA775, nForce 650i SLI, 1066MHz FSB, DDR2-800 8GB /4, PCIe x16 SLI /2, SATA RAID 5 /5, HDA, GbLAN, FW /2, ATX, Retail

INTEL, Core™ 2 Duo E6600 Dual-Core, 2.4GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 4MB L2 Cache, 65nm, 65W, EM64T EIST VT XD, Retail

Kingston Hyperx @GB PC2-6400 DDR2 800MHz CL4 (4-4-4-12) SDRAM DIMM, Non -ECC

eVGA, e-GeForce 7600 GT KO, GeForce™ 7600 GT, 256MB DDR3, PCIe x16 SLI, 2x DVI, HDTV/S-Video Out, Retail

WESTERN DIGITAL, 74GB WD Raptor®, SATA 150MB/s, 10000 RPM, 16MB Cache

SEAGATE, 500GB Barracuda 7200.10, SATA II 300MB/s, 7200-RPM, 16MB cache

Western Digital 1.5 TB added in last year

RAID, No RAID, Independent HDD Drives

LITE-ON, SOHC-5236K Black CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive, 52x32x52x16

SAMSUNG, Super-WriteMaster SH-S183L Black 18x DVD±R/RW Dual-Layer Burner w/ Lightscribe, SATA, OEM

MITSUMI, Black Internal 1.44MB Floppy + 6-in-1 Card Reader Drive

INTEL, PRO/100-S, 10/100 Network Card, PCI

MICROSOFT, Windows XP Professional Edition SP2b w/ Free Upgrade Coupon for Vista, OEM


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a b B Homebuilt system
October 23, 2010 12:46:18 AM

You system is well-balanced; I'd leave it as it is.

If you must upgrade something, you might consider adding RAM. Assuming the @GB RAM is really 2GB: 2 sticks x 1GB, you could add 2 more sticks of 1 GB Kingston Hyperx @GB PC2-6400 DDR2 800MHz CL4 (4-4-4-12) SDRAM DIMM, Non -ECC .

-- If your XP is 32-bit (x86), the operating system will not be able to see or use more than ~3.5 GB of memory, so you be buying 1 GB you cannot use.
-- If you have XPx64, you could use all of the memory. To check your version, right-click on My Computer, and select Properties - that will show the Windows version.
-- If you add RAM, you may have to increase the norhtbridge voltage by one or two increments from the default in the BIOS - 4 sticks increases the northbridge load.
October 23, 2010 2:11:45 AM

Thanks Treefrog!

Yes that is 2gb of ram I'm currently running.

I've thought about upgrading to windows 7 64 bit so I can add more than 3.5gb of ram.

Thanks for the pointers.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 23, 2010 3:00:09 AM

You're welcome. I'm using W7x64 Ultimate for my gaming machine. It runs well.
a b B Homebuilt system
October 23, 2010 4:07:19 AM

Quad core. Should help with your render times. And I'd move to 4GBs of ram, even if your on a 32bit windows. 3.25 is more ram then 2GBs, and if your files are large enough the more ram will help.
October 23, 2010 4:13:52 AM

Thanks 4745454b!