As much as I wish I wasn't being that guy... I have a minimal knowledge base of computer hardware. However, I'm trying to learn what I can, but I'm also looking into livestreaming and recording gameplay footage to use for series/reviews. Considering my computer was given to me as a Christmas present in 2005, and was most definitely not "top-of-the-line" back then, it clearly needs some work.
Here's the sad part.
Basic hardware as-it-stands:
Now, I have up to 8.00 GB of RAM available to me, but I'm having issues where Windows freezes while at the boot-up screen (Where it says Windows 7, just before the logo fades in) so I'm inclined to think it's the fact that the motherboard was made before 64-bit OS were even a thing?
- Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.00 GHz
- 4.00 GB Corsair RAM
- Checking what motherboard I have, will edit post when I find out.
- NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT Graphics Card
- 70 GB Internal HDD
- 1 TB External HDD
- Windows 7 64-bit
Other than that, the only things I've upgraded since receiving the computer have been the graphics card (to it's current) the power core to a 500W (for the graphics card) and the OS (to W7-64).
My upgrade ideas are:
Any advice/help/smack to the head for still having this POS are welcome and appreciated. Thanks!
- One of the new Intel Ivy Bridge processors, within the range of ~$300
- A compatible motherboard. (I have the least amount of knowledge about motherboards)
- An internal SSD (I saw one in a post farther down that looks good)
- A new case, in the range of ~$50-$100 (Mostly because my current case is kind of nasty, to be perfectly honest, but additional space/ports/cooler inputs are a bonus)