|Originally posted by theogre:|
Get out slower RAM. That will hurt CPU performance. CPU and everything slow down to wait for slow RAM.
Using WinXP? 2gb RAM is good enough for most user. Even shut off swap file...
Using WinV or Win7, get 2 more 1g sticks.
It can't run 2 channel RAM mode... Need 4 match stick to run. (Match performance and size.)
Well, interestingly enough... I kind of wish I hadn't spent any money...
Ogre, do you ever find that there's a massive drought, but then THE DAY you get your sprinkler system working (after replacing the pump, the timing box, or whatever), there is suddenly a torrential thunderstorm later that day?
Same thing here... after posting that message, I ask my co-worker if he has a spare SATA cable, and he takes me over to the "recycling" room where they dump machines that are broken to be picked up by this big white van which sends it all off to China. 9 times out of 10, the machines are easy to fix, but the policy kind of is, if it takes too much time to fix, it's not worth keeping, especially if it's a couple years old. I took home 4 thin clients from HP that all have Windows XPe on them, two Dell Optiplex GX620s (those ultra slim form-factor ones), one which was a 3.4 Ghz Pentium D, another which was a 3.0 ghz Pentium 4-HT, three of the larger Dell Optiplexes 755, a 745, and a 730. The 730 was a 2.8ghz Pentium 4HT which I junked because I used parts from it to get the other two working. The 745 was a 3ghz Pentium D, and the 755 was a 3 ghz Pentium Core 2 Duo w/ vPro. I don't have the power supplies for the thin clients, but I was able to get all the machines working. They kept all the ram sticks, and all the hard drives. I don't keep any crap around the house like spare ram or anything, so I figure $100 bucks on NewEgg and I can get all the ram and HDs that I need.
The company does this a lot, and I end up taking most of the good stuff, fixing it, and donating it. I've donated a bunch of machines in the past through my sister-in-law's girlfriend. She does charity work and encounters inner-city kids who don't have a computer, but are trying to make it in college, etc... so this is perfect. I can upgrade both my parents computers, even my wife's and then still have 3-4 decent machines to donate.
I also got an Asus mini which had an Athalon 64 X2 in it, but the computer was so nasty that I just stripped everything from it and junked it.