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Hello,
I have an old Athlon 64 3000+ Socket 754, with an nForce 2 chipset Motherboard and a 7600GS. It has AGP 8x interface. Would this system be fine for youtube/office/web browsing/iTunes? would it appear very slow?

Thanks. Im thinking of Windows 7. Would this be able to playback 720p video. I know that DVD's worked ok back when I used it. Also how much memory Should i use, i used to use 1gb back in the day, i wonder if this could hold 2 gb. I know its old but someone asked me for an upgrade from a Pentium pro. They have $30 to spend, I can give them the mobo/cpu/gpu but i have no memory. I know this would be an epic upgrade over what they have but, would this work, or should i go closet diving some more?
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I think it could a be a good PC for those tasks. I mean it's no gonna be very snappy, but I wouldn't mind browsing the web on such a rig.
The main thing is to put as much RAM as possible, because I imagine the HDD is old and slow. If possible, a new HDD would also be a good upgrade - the disk is the slowest component of the system and since sk 754 days they have evolved a lot, so a faster HDD should be noticeable.

Win 7 is a good choice, more so if you have 2GB of RAM. On only 1GB the rig will be forced to use pagefile a lot, which means overtaxing the slow HDD; the CPU/GPU are good enough for 720p, maybe even low bitrate 1080p. Adding ABP would help make web browsing smoother. The one thing that could make or brake this rig is the choice of an antivirus - it is a single core, so it is very important the AV is very lightweight; MSE is my first choice, Avira is also light and effective.

Bottom line is that anyway you put it, it's gonna be a huge upgrade over a Pentium Pro. If the rig is properly configured it's gonna be pretty snappy: AV out of the way, flash adds filtered and enough RAM not to use pagefile a lot.
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The hard drive i have on hand is a 320gb 7200rpm, i think it has 32mb cache. do these old systems support 3gb of ram, it has 3 slots on the board. i wonder how much memory i can buy for $30. Turns out he is gonna let me keep the pentium pro, i have never had one. should be cool for some old school gaming.

thanks for the reply/
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When coming from a pentium pro it should seem like a pretty nice leap. Get as much RAM in there as it will recognize and it should be acceptable for everyday tasks. It isn't going to feel like a modern multi-core machine but the trick to making it feel fast is going to be slimming down the OS and having plenty of RAM available. 2GB is the minimum these days for the ordinary set of apps to run simultaneously and smooth on a modern OS.
     
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I just got a great deal on some memory for this guy, 3x1gb DDR400, for $20. I think this should run great. thanks for all the input.
One last question, should i run windows 7 32 or 64? I have a bunch of both sitting here. My employer think they make great stocking staffers for some reason.
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