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December 21, 2012 1:00:46 PM

Ok, so here is the deal, im bout to buy an E-machines w5233
http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/emachines-w5233-pentiu...

It sais on there the max memory is 2gb.. what would i need to upgrade in order to obtain more than just 2gb? motherboard?processor?
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December 21, 2012 1:08:30 PM

a new motherboard is the only way to get more memory support.
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December 21, 2012 5:17:49 PM

That is really old tech and if you are buying it make sure you are not paying too much.
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December 21, 2012 6:50:10 PM

rolli59 said:
That is really old tech and if you are buying it make sure you are not paying too much.


Yes exactly I probably wouldn't pay more than 100$ for such an old machine.

Also the only way to get more memory is to change the motherboard, but that would be a very bad idea in my view. Might as well buy a different computer that allows more memory then.
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December 21, 2012 7:15:39 PM

I agree with that statement.
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December 22, 2012 3:30:51 AM

MC_K7 said:
Yes exactly I probably wouldn't pay more than 100$ for such an old machine.

Also the only way to get more memory is to change the motherboard, but that would be a very bad idea in my view. Might as well buy a different computer that allows more memory then.



Oh yes i agree and understand that its older technology, but im getting it basically for free from my buddy... 40 bucks (also comes with printer/scanner combo).

Why would you say its a bad idea?

Also if i upgrade the motherboard will i be forced to upgrade other hardware? like cpu or anything like that?
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December 22, 2012 11:55:27 AM

Most likely you would. In that case you would be better of with buying something else. If you can use it as is then it is fine.
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December 24, 2012 3:47:53 PM

datsikcode said:
Why would you say its a bad idea?

Also if i upgrade the motherboard will i be forced to upgrade other hardware? like cpu or anything like that?


Yes pretty much, you will have trouble finding an old motherboard that is compatible with the same socket and that also support more RAM. So if you have to change the board, the CPU, the RAM, etc... Might as well build a new computer from scratch.

And that CPU is pretty weak, so even if you find a board with a compatible socket that supports more RAM, you're likely to hit a CPU bottleneck before you run into RAM problems. And 2 GB of memory isn't bad either, so you might not need to upgrade or won't get a lot of benefit in doing so.

I would recommend to use the PC as it is or get a different one. That being said, this older generation technology will probably work better with older software too. I would recommend to use it with Windows XP as it will not really be well optimized for newer Windows versions anyways. And 2 GB of RAM should be plenty enough for Windows XP, no need to upgrade. Windows XP uses only 300 MB of RAM on idle vs. nearly 1 GB for Windows 7 so you would have more headroom.
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