Add RAM?

Hello,
I have a 9 year old Gateway, desktop model 500x. Pentium 4 2.4GHz processor but only 256MB RAM. I was told this is WAY too little RAM and my slow speed seems to bear this out. 1.) Can I add RAM - I think there is an expansion slot 2.) Will it help? 3.) How much should I add? 4.) Where can I get it? 5.) Cost to purchase is about ???
Thank you in advance for your help of an old guy! PS - Haven't a clue what sub-category this should be so I just picked one. Sorry about that!
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  1. Well, with a system that dated adding nothing is really going to help. :( Everything is slow. I would suggest putting money into a new system.
  2. 9 years is a lot of life to get out of a computer... I think you deserve a pat on the back and a new comp... I'm assuming you use the system as a word processor and to check e-mail... so nothing intensive at all. You would be better off to spend 400 bucks at Wal-Mart and get yourself a brand new comp, that is, if I am correct in your usage.
  3. HostileDonut said:
    Well, with a system that dated adding nothing is really going to help. :( Everything is slow. I would suggest putting money into a new system.

    Can't say I disagree with you - just trying to be cheap is all! But I did see a new desktop (at Bestbuy - can't remember which one) that showed just 2.2 gig processor. I am not looking for a rocket, just something I don't have to tweek daily with scrubs, defrag, etc. So is there any hope for me? :) Or am I just being dumb? :(
  4. hughbob said:
    Can't say I disagree with you - just trying to be cheap is all! But I did see a new desktop (at Bestbuy - can't remember which one) that showed just 2.2 gig processor. I am not looking for a rocket, just something I don't have to tweek daily with scrubs, defrag, etc. So is there any hope for me? :) Or am I just being dumb? :(

    Well, like what he said, if you just use word, surf the web, and use E-mail, then maybe the machine is fine how it is. Maybe could use a bit more RAM, but really, a new system the way to go. Go for a dual core core i3 and 4gb system will be great for you and you could most likely pick one up for $400-$500.
  5. personally I think bestbuy is overpriced but here are some decent systems available from them

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+Essentio+CM1730-01+Desktop+%26+20%22+LCD+Monitor+Package/9999174400050000.p?id=pcmprd174100050000&skuId=9999174400050000 <- 4GB Ram, 2.8 GHZ dual core athlon xII, 750GB HDD, integrated graphics with a 20 inch LCD. 499.98

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+Essentio+Desktop/4602619.p?id=1218496191577&skuId=4602619 <- same thing no monitor. 399.99

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+Essentio+CM1730-01+Desktop%2C+23.6%22+LCD+Monitor+%26+Wireless+4-in-1+Printer+Package/9999174400050002.p?id=pcmprd174100050002&skuId=9999174400050002 <- same thing bigger monitor (23.6 inch) and a printer/scanner. 559.99

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Dell+-+Inspiron+Desktop/4673045.p?id=1218505323144&skuId=4673045 <- amd athlon x2 @ 3.0 GHZ, 4gb ram, 500gb HDD. 379.99

    there are some pretty decent systems/combos out there, but you can get better for cheaper if you look.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100006736&IsNodeId=1 <-- see what looks good here and ask and we will try to push you in the right direction
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