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Upgrade, Not Upgrade, Buy New?

When you should UPGRADE vs. NOT UPGRADE vs. BUY NEW:

 

ITEM

MINIMUM

SUGGESTED

TODAY’S TYPICAL

UPGRADE OPTIONS

PARTS COST

TIME CHARGE

PROCESSOR (This dictates the primary speed of your computer.)

500 MHz for 98, 2000Pro
Or
1GHz for XP
Or
3GHz for Vista

3 GHz or better

3 GHz to 6 GHz Single Core or Dual Core

(1)Pentium-500 w/ 128 MB runs OK with WIN98SE, ME, 200PRO, just add RAM.

(2) If you have a Pentium system board, replace CPU chip to the highest speed of your existing system board.

(3) New system board & CPU.

(1) RAM

(2) CPU

(3) CPU + sys board

(1) $30 or

(2) $45 or

(3) $90

RAM memory

256MB

1GB for XP, 2GB for Vista

1GB, 2GB, 4GB

Add memory to 512MB or 1GB

PC133 more expensive than DDR1 or DDR2

$25

HARD DRIVE To store data, photo, songs, etc.

10GB

80GB

80, 160, 300, 500 GB

Replace the existing hard drive with new one.  Do not add 2nd hard drive:-  (1) Drive management slows down to manage and cache 2 hard drives. (2) One drive may be blocked from cooling and fails sooner than usual.  (3) Harder to keep track of files on two drives than one.

Hard drive

$60

CD-ROM, DVD, CDRW (BURNER), DVDRW (BURNER)

CD ROM drive

ANY ROM

DVD-CDRW Combo,  DVDRW

Keep what you have and replace when it breaks.  Add what you need.

$40 for CDROM to $65 for DVDRW

$30

Dial up MODEM or Ethernet port or Wireless

56K / Ethernet / wireless G

DSL or Cable Modem

Ethernet wired or Wireless

For Internet use, you need Ethernet for DSL/cable modem varies by where you live. Wireless is common. A DSL or Cable connection can be shared by more than one PC

Dial up Modem or Ethernet

$30

WINDOWS (Required)

98/XP

XP

XP / Vista

Upgrade an older PC to XP or Vista can start a land slide of needing additional hardware (RAM, hard drive, processor, etc.).

$135 for XP/Vista or $225 for XP Pro/Premium

$Call

Notes:

1. If your computer needs more than three upgrade items above, you are a good candidate for a whole new system. Money spent on your old computer will not increase its value proportionally. Sell it and take the loss now, apply the proceeds towards a new system.  If you cannot sell it, give it to your relative, friend, neighbor, employee, co-worker, boss, enemy, etc.  The effect on them from your generosity is fun to watch.

2. If Internet access is your primary use, a 2GHz computer with 512 MB and high speed connection performs well. If you are running out of hard drive space, then upgrade or purchase new system.

3. A 3 GHz PC is about 3 times faster than a 1GHz PC, not 20% or 50%. The difference is day and night, especially under WINDOWS XP & Vista.

4. We recommend no less than 1GB RAM for XP and no less than 2GB for Vista.


Do-It-Yourself Protection

Since the downloads to these tools are often faked and infect your PC we are providing links to the official downloads. These programs are your first line of defense. For any remaining problems, bring your PC to us (or we can come to you) for a more thorough cleaning.

Avast FREE Anti-virus
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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
FREE Edition
SuperAntiSpyware
FREE Edition

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