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hi all. i have a home built pc with a thrashed ugly old case its got a biostar u8668 d motherboard 1 gig pc2100 ram a celeron d 2.66 cpu running at 533 mhz front side bus with 256 L2 cache and an nvidia geforce fx 5500 graphics card. its not much but surprisingly enough it runs out pretty well with some tweaking. i am poor folk and cant afford much. i just got a sata hdd to ide host adapter so i can run my 80 gig sata hdd on it. now comes my question. i will have 50 dollars to spend in about a month and it will be the last money i can afford to spend on my puter in a long time with house payments and all and being on disability so im wondering what you think i should do. my options are thus. i can get a 1 gig stick of pc2700 ram to put in it (i have a 512 stick of pc2700 laying around to go with it) which would put me up to 1.5 gig ram. i cant overclock on this board with the cpu i have because the cpu is already running at the max front side bus speed for the board. so should i get a 3 gig pentium 4 cpu with 1 meg L2 cache for it on ebay or should i get the 1 gig stick of ram for it? or should i look at an older better board that supports up to 3 gig ram so i can use my two 512 pc2100 sticks and my pc2700 stick and overclock my celeron? what would you do?



as a note. i bought the 80 gig sata hard drive i have on one of these forums and its a really good hard drive. i also bought an abit vt7 motherboard as an upgrade and it worked for a little while but now it doesnt power on. so i am sort of leery about getting a motherboard for that reason. anything i get would have to be used and i dont want to get burned again. i cant afford it. and this biostar has been trucking right along for a bit over two years. its solid as a rock and dependable.
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Not many people will read a huge chuck of text without proper grammar or paragraphs, and even less will view a thread entitled "question". Just trying to give you some advice.

Use the return key a couple times.. It makes people want to read large chucks of text alot more.
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yeah my grammer sucks. thats what happens when you get over 30. you stop caring about proper spelling. sorry for the hardship. but can you give me any advice?
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Geez, that was hard to read. Your grammar may not be good, but next time try to space out everything into paragraphs next time.

Going up to 1.5GB of RAM will not give you an improvement if you do not need it. Meaning in, if you only use 200MB out of 512MB, getting another 1GB will not help.

Personally, I wouldn't waste $50 on a computer like that. Just save the $50, put it somewhere for a future new build.
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You might want to watch over the For Sale section!
The RAM of that era and CPUs do pop up there and are usually very cheep.
    
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Well as for putting any money with the 50 dollars, well, that just wont happen. I am on disability and my bills wipe me out completely. And as to the other response about the cpu's and ram, my question is, which would give me more bang for my buck? I used to be running 512 pc2100 ram on this thing and when i popped in another 512 stick it made a huge difference. But that being said i can see your point about the ram. I think 1 gig runs well and is quick. So that narrows me down a bit. Maybe a cpu would be the way to go. Or another motherboard but like i said i am a bit leery of getting a second hand or used one.
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