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    My daughter has been moaning that 'her' computer is much slower than my laptop.

    In truth it is fairly old.

    So I was wondering what to do, either get another base unit, or change out the motherboard and CPU? Retaining the existing case, PSU, HDD, memory (2GB and long sticks - 68 pin?) if possible.

    As she will only abuse it anyway (by downloading every virus ever known to man) I want to do it as cheaply as possible, so it doesn't have to be the latest and greatest specification.

    Clearly I am not a computer components guru, so could do with some advice.


    Cost is a major consideration just now. . . . got some expensive bills coming.
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    Keep the case and PSU, HDD and get yourself on ebay. Many decent deals for cheap Motherboard, processor and RAM packages seen loads for around £99.

    A mate at work just bought one and said it fantastic for the money.

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    Depends what's making it run slow in the first place mate. Usually there's too much stuff running in the background and taking up the entire memory bandwidth (most common fault when people have said their computer is running slow...) but then you also need to find out what spec it actually is, and whether the parts you want to keep using are too old for the new parts to work with, if you see what I mean...

    If you could list the specs of it on here, and give a rough budget, I'm sure between us all we can get something together if you'd like...

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    I would agree with davree, a 'bundle' is the way to do it cheaply. It also has the advantage that all the stuff should be compatible so you ain't gonna get a BSOD all the time because something doesn't like something else lol. It's just cost me a small fortune to upgrade mine to watch Blu-Rays on the desktop
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    I always buy my stuff from overclockers.co.uk - When ive built a few pcs for friends I bought their B range products which have been returned with faults and then proved otherwise and actually work. Never had one fail me and in the most part for a board with onboard graphics, some memory and PSU you will spend no more than £100 without going through ebay

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    i wouldnt recomend modding your pc....just get a cheap and cheerfull one ( even 2nd hand ) - perhaps without a monitor for cheepness....by upgrading you will end up paying more in the long run

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    I agree with Penfold, if you are happy that the PC is a reasonable spec anyways then maybe a cheaper first step would be to rebuild it. A lot of programs don't clean themselves up well when uninstalled and slow windows down plus if she downloads every virus, every toolbar and every little cool program she finds it will quickly grind to a halt.

    Rebuild first and then if still unhappy look at new hardware. As penfold said, it would depend on spec of existing kit whether it is worthwhile. You wouldn't want a shiney new mobo, cpu and ram and have an old crappy hdd causing a bottleneck anyways so you wouldn't be getting the best out yer new stuff.

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    without knowing the spec its hard to say, for web browsing and std teenage use you dont need to break the bank. I was at Bowlers computer fair in Manchester yesterday and was tempted by a Pentium 4 2.8 ghz machine (used) with a gig of ram but a measly 40 gb hard drive for £55. Throw her existing hard drive in with a format and use the 40 as a slave / backup device and youve got a decent spec machine for std use. You only need a higher spec for gaming / video editing. Nothing else taxes a pc really - except the obvious huge number of running applications & virus / spyware combo's that teens delight in installing and then denying it was them.

    forgot to add - for a much faster and virus free web browser install Linux ubuntu on an older pc, uses less recsources than windows so runs faster. worth while as a backup system on your old pc ar you can install it after windows as a dual boot machine, you choose your operating system when you log on.

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    hi
    you could try a clean re-install of windows on the pc.
    i have do this every 6 month with my kids pc as they seam to do the same thing as your kids and download every-thing.
    give it a try before spending on parts.

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    if it is just for web browsing and she downloads loads of crap then might be worthwhile getting hold of something like deepfreeze which basically puts the PC back to the way it was everytime it's rebooted.

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