It's been 5 years since I made my current computer and I've been trying to replace it for about a year since it's feeling a little outdated. I was planning on handing down this computer to maybe my mother in law or maybe my mother but I feel like updating it before handing it down. Over the years I had to replace a few parts but it's still working good.
Question 1 - Do you guys think it could handle and worth putting another 4gb ddr2 ram and installing Windows 7 ultimate?
I already picked out some of the parts for my new build but the one thing that's stopping me right now is picking out a good case. Some people are telling me getting another full tower will be a waste and I should get a mid tower. The new Computer is going to be used for gaming, movies, music and lots of files. I want good cooling while having space for at least 4 hard drives (1 ssd for primary, 3 mechanical hard drives for storage)
It certainly can, the Q9550 is actually one of the last NICE chips before the 1155 socket change, I know people that still use that particular CPU today (and even game with it). You could always add 2 or 4 more GB of ram but DDR2 aren't exactly cheap, I just bought a 2GB stick of DDR2 667 (wanted 800) for $40 for an AM2 system I pulled out recently since the old one was faulty.
I recently upgraded my mother's PC, which was a single core running Windows 8, it ran... well more like walked.
Thanks for the response guys, I'll go ahead and install Window 7 on it this week. What I wanted was to prolong the life span of the computer for maybe a few years so my mother in law wouldn't have to worry. Plus it's going to be a family computer so don't know what the kids might do with it.