Quote: Originally Posted by cgrim29588
smarteyeball- Yeah the HDD would be easy, but do I really need to upgrade the two SATA connectors? Thanks for the video card suggestion.
No, you don't need to upgrade the Sata connectors. According to the specs, that motherboard has two Sata connectors which means you can connect two sata devices - ie 2 hard drives, or 1 HDD and sata DVD burner etc.
At any rate, sata connectors aren't upgradeable. I mentioned Sata II as 97% of new devices will state they are Sata II. I was just pointing out that they will still work with your current motherboard.
Can I get by just using 1GB of memory?
Yes. It won't leave a lot of overhead room for many apps, but it will still run okay.
I haven't had this PC long, so why would I go out a buy a new one?
While you are scraping the spec limits for smooth and comfortable operation, it really depends on what you plan to use the PC for.
If it's mainly for just internet browsing and Word processing etc, then your machine should be sufficient. However, if you plan to do some more intensive tasks, then a newer machine would be better for smoother usage.
Buying a new hard Drive is not a waste, because if you do decide to buy a new PC down the track, it can swapped over and put in the new machine.
However an AGP card will be a one-off since the technology it is very long in the tooth technology wise and will not be re-usable if you decide to go for a new computer. Realistically, this will be the only 'waste of money' so to speak.
It basically comes down to need vs budget.
If your usage needs for the machine are frugal, then spending between $100-$150 for a new HDD and card may be a better proposition than forking out several hundred for a new PC that you don't need.
If your usage needs do exceed what you currently have, then aside from the cost of a new PC, the only real loss is the money spent on the video card.