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post #1 of 8
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I now have an old Compaq in my room that could be upgraded to be...decent. The downside on it's mobo is there is NO PCI-E or AGP slot. As weird as it is it's true. I have the best Video card I can in it (GeForce 6200).

It has:
Intel Pentium 4 515J 2.93GHz 533MHz FSB 1Mb L2 Cache
1Gb (x2 512Mb) PNY DDR2 533 RAM
Windows XP Home SP2
geforce 6200 256mb
160Gb Samsung HDD
350watt PSU
Mid tower case

Is there any upgrades I can make without changing the mobo?

BTW, the max this mobo will go is 533/800MHz FSB, Pentium 4 and Celeron D,
HT Support, and It only has the 3 PCI slots. Any quicky upgrades that I can make, let me know. Oh, and it can only go up to 3.4GHz on the CPU. Help anyone?
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x2 500Gb RAID 0 Samsung 18x DVD+R Burner Windows Vista Ultimate 37" LCD 8ms 1080i (w/built-in HD-Tuner) 
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post #2 of 8
cpu and a sound card?
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Pentium 4 630 @3.55ghz Asus P5ND2-SLI EVGA GT 520 1gb 2X512MB OCZ GOLD + 2x1gb OCZ gold 
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Pentium 4 630 @3.55ghz Asus P5ND2-SLI EVGA GT 520 1gb 2X512MB OCZ GOLD + 2x1gb OCZ gold 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
250gb Maxtor SATA2 Windows 7 Ultimate 22 inch ViewSonic  Microsoft 
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post #3 of 8
I thought Brand Name PC's can't be OC'd. Maybe a SATA HDD?
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Hitachi Deskstar 750GB SATA HDD Windows 7 Ultimate (64) Dell 20" UltraSharp 2009W DKT Board EverGlide 
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post #4 of 8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by pablo420 View Post
I thought Brand Name PC's can't be OC'd. Maybe a SATA HDD?
They can't, 2.93GHz is stock....It is a SATA HDD. Plus, I would rather not re-install the OS. Can you blame me?
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
x2 500Gb RAID 0 Samsung 18x DVD+R Burner Windows Vista Ultimate 37" LCD 8ms 1080i (w/built-in HD-Tuner) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse 1000watt BFG Tech. Custom Yo. Logitech G5 Laser 
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My Desk 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
x2 500Gb RAID 0 Samsung 18x DVD+R Burner Windows Vista Ultimate 37" LCD 8ms 1080i (w/built-in HD-Tuner) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse 1000watt BFG Tech. Custom Yo. Logitech G5 Laser 
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post #5 of 8
What about getting a SATA HDD?
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Hitachi Deskstar 750GB SATA HDD Windows 7 Ultimate (64) Dell 20" UltraSharp 2009W DKT Board EverGlide 
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Antec TPQ-850 Cooler Master 832 A4 Tech X7 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Hitachi Deskstar 750GB SATA HDD Windows 7 Ultimate (64) Dell 20" UltraSharp 2009W DKT Board EverGlide 
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Antec TPQ-850 Cooler Master 832 A4 Tech X7 
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post #6 of 8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by pablo420 View Post
What about getting a SATA HDD?
Like I said above, IT IS A SATA HDD!
Colossus
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
x2 500Gb RAID 0 Samsung 18x DVD+R Burner Windows Vista Ultimate 37" LCD 8ms 1080i (w/built-in HD-Tuner) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse 1000watt BFG Tech. Custom Yo. Logitech G5 Laser 
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My Desk 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
x2 500Gb RAID 0 Samsung 18x DVD+R Burner Windows Vista Ultimate 37" LCD 8ms 1080i (w/built-in HD-Tuner) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse 1000watt BFG Tech. Custom Yo. Logitech G5 Laser 
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post #7 of 8
Not much, your upgrade options are pretty much dead end (aside from dedicated soundcard)
    
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post #8 of 8
Theres no real point in upgrading the CPU as your just going to get a tiny performance boost and be wasting money on a dead socket - you wanna buy something which you could move to your next PC.

I would recommend buying a decent PSU, which will stand you in good stead in the future, a Creative X-Fi and a maybe another hard drive if you need the space
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Western Digital 500GB Pioneer DVD-RW Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Viewsonic VA2213w 
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