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Postby HiddenIdentity » Sat Feb 18, 2006 3:45 pm

Right now my computer's running slightly slow and doesn't seem able to handle some of the programs that I'm running on it efficiently. Does anyone know the best way to add a little speed to my computer? I'm not looking for a new one, as I will be buying a laptop next year, and nothing too expensive as this computer is coming up on it's 4th year and only needs to last for one more.

Currently I have:

Pentium 4, 2.4 GHz, and 1 Gig of RAM.
Would upgrading to a new hard drive help this problem out at all? And what kind of RAM should I be looking for?
I have a Sony Vaio PCV- RX850.
Thanks for any help, I am somewhat clueless on this topic.
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Postby Amazinz » Sat Feb 18, 2006 5:29 pm

Hmm. What software are you having a problem with? 2.4 GHz and 1 gig of RAM should handle just about anything.
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Postby slomo007 » Sat Feb 18, 2006 5:32 pm

Amazinz wrote:Hmm. What software are you having a problem with? 2.4 GHz and 1 gig of RAM should handle just about anything.


I was thinking the same thing. More RAM is never a bad idea but 1 GB should be plenty. The processor is more than enough to run pretty much anything.

I would check for viruses and spyware before putting any money in to hardware.

Use spybot and/or AdAware for spyware, and any of the usual virus scanners for viruses.
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Postby PlayingWithFire » Sat Feb 18, 2006 5:34 pm

slomo007 wrote:I would check for viruses and spyware before putting any money in to hardware.

Use spybot and/or AdAware for spyware, and any of the usual virus scanners for viruses.


I double that. Spyware made my computer(3G, 1g memory) ran like a Pentium II
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Postby Phatferd » Sat Feb 18, 2006 5:37 pm

Yeah you have more than enough power in your computer to run almost anything. I suggest doing what they suggested and get a program called Ram Def XT, it shuts off processes you don't need to be running to free up space.
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Postby HiddenIdentity » Sat Feb 18, 2006 5:39 pm

The programs are typically movie file converters and Tivo2Go. My fan really starts spinning and my computer whirs up whenever anything like this runs. Plus, everything slows down, especially when I have 2 users logged on at once. I was just wondering if any kinds of upgrades would solve this problem.


Note:
I jsut saw some CompUSA ads for some President's Week sales. Theres a 512MB DDR PC3200/2700 RAM by Centon for $30\
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200 GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache Hard Drive for $30 by Seagate.
Is there any way to know if these are any good?
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Postby Amazinz » Sat Feb 18, 2006 5:43 pm

File converters? You mean video converting? That's very processor intensive. My 1.6 Northwood running at 2.2 with 1 Gig of RAM really bogs down when I do heavy conversions.
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Postby Phatferd » Sat Feb 18, 2006 6:16 pm

HiddenIdentity wrote:The programs are typically movie file converters and Tivo2Go. My fan really starts spinning and my computer whirs up whenever anything like this runs. Plus, everything slows down, especially when I have 2 users logged on at once. I was just wondering if any kinds of upgrades would solve this problem.


Note:
I jsut saw some CompUSA ads for some President's Week sales. Theres a 512MB DDR PC3200/2700 RAM by Centon for $30\
and a
200 GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache Hard Drive for $30 by Seagate.
Is there any way to know if these are any good?


Just so you know Circuitcity.com has a better deal on RAM, if you want some. You can get Kingston 512 for $29 after rebate (the compusa deal is after a rebate as well).
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Postby acsguitar » Sat Feb 18, 2006 10:09 pm

Hmm I'd reinstall windows...that should be a fast computer...maybee a new video card if its gaming thats slow
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Postby 1337_Dude » Sun Feb 19, 2006 2:00 pm

I agree with running of spyware/adware programs. With that set up you should be able to do most anything.
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