Make computer run faster
April 7, 2010 6:23 AM Subscribe
Please help me make this computer run faster. It's running Windows XP, and I'll tell you everything else I know inside.
posted by desjardins to computers & internet (18 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
This is for my husband's birthday. He built his computer 4-5 years ago and it's running
slowly like crap. He's mentioned rebuilding the thing and I'd like to get him some of the component parts. I assume I need to upgrade the CPU and/or RAM. My husband is a hardware expert, but I'd like to keep this a surprise and not ask him for help. He's too busy to read Mefi right now so he won't see this but don't tell him pls kthx.
Here's the current specs:
AMD Sempron (m) 2600+
1.60 GHz, 1 GB RAM
And his video card, if that has anything to do with anything:
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5500
He's not much of a gamer anymore so it doesn't need to be able to support the latest and greatest HALO 5 or whatever. But since he knows exactly what he's looking at, I'd like to get him something decent.
I'll answer any other questions if you tell me where to find the answers. I have the admin password if necessary. I'm extremely reluctant to take it apart.