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Old 12-28-2011, 08:52 PM   #1
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Hey there guys I'm wanting to upgrade store bought Compaq Presario PC. Its a fairly old computer but its been good to me. I'd like to keep it under $200 if i can. I know its an old mobo but I would like to not replace it if i can. Thank you hope someone can help.

Compaq Presario SR1700 Desktop PC series*-* Compaq Presario SR1711NX Desktop PC Product Specifications - c00576007 - HP Business Support Center

I have done a few mods myself to it,

I have 2.5 Gig's of ram installed from the originally 512mb
I use a ATI Radeon X1650 Pro Series Graphics card to.

That is it for personal mods.

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There's not a lot you can do to a 5 yr. old PC.
What do you need the PC to do that it won't do now?
Investing money into old technology is not a good option.

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Well the absolute number one priority with this machine is a new barebone. You cannot expect a single core sempron to be quick in any fashion in today's world at all.

Provided you have a copy of windows this is what you should be looking into

Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-M68MT-S2 AM3+ NVIDIA GeForce 7025/nForce 630a chipset Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Newegg.com - AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX640WFGMBOX
Newegg.com - Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3B1K2/4GX

Thats what you SHOULD be looking into , putting money into that machine w/o fixing the elephant in the room just wouldn't be smart at all.
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Depending on where you live, quite often there are computers that are newer than your model that can be had for $50 - $100. In my area, a major metropolitan area, this is very true.

Then, you can build / replace components much easier and cheaper. Just be patient, know what you are looking for and you will succeed.

I got a free desktop due to a bad motherboard. After a couple of weeks of searching around for compatibility of the RAM and CPU, I found a $50 motherboard at Frys and now have a nice "new" computer.
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There's not a lot you can do to a 5 yr. old PC.
What do you need the PC to do that it won't do now?
Investing money into old technology is not a good option.

Well i was wanting to play FFXIV on my Desktop but after reading some of these posts i might as well build one. But if upgrading is possible i'd like to do that but now i'm unsure.
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Well the absolute number one priority with this machine is a new barebone. You cannot expect a single core sempron to be quick in any fashion in today's world at all.

Provided you have a copy of windows this is what you should be looking into

Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-M68MT-S2 AM3+ NVIDIA GeForce 7025/nForce 630a chipset Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Newegg.com - AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX640WFGMBOX
Newegg.com - Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3B1K2/4GX

Thats what you SHOULD be looking into , putting money into that machine w/o fixing the elephant in the room just wouldn't be smart at all.
Say i was to purchase those, and i decided later on to build one could I reuse the mobo graphics and ram?
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Building is really the best option. Look over our suggested build list for ideas.
http://www.techsupportforum.com/foru...ly-448272.html
All of them are top quality and use only components that are top quality and known to be compatible.
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Building is really the best option. Look over our suggested build list for ideas.
http://www.techsupportforum.com/foru...ly-448272.html
All of them are top quality and use only components that are top quality and known to be compatible.
thanks, i think i'm going to go that route i didnt know that this site had a list like that! It will help alot!
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When you have a list compiled post it here and we can advise accordingly.

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