Upgrade advice; Compaq Presario SR1720NX
I know what you're thinking: it's probably not worth upgrading.
However, I got it for free and would like to try my hand at this before I go on to do a full ground-up build of my own. I know it probably doesn't make sense economically to do so, but I figure, "Why not?"
When I got it, it wouldn't boot into Windows so I put Ubuntu on it and its running fine now, but it is painfully, dreadfully slow. Even compared to a cell phone or tablet.
I'd just like to make it a bit snappier to do some basic computing. Web surfing, email, some light multi-media (just watching videos, music, no editing or gaming or anything too intense).
Here are the specs:
Sempron (P) 3500+ 2.0 GHz
1600 MT/s (mega transfers/second)
ATI Radeon Xpress 200
Motherboard Name: A8AE-LE
HP/Compaq motherboard name: AmberineM-GL6E
Memory Installed 512 MB (2 x 256)
Maximum allowed 4 GB* (4 x 1 GB)
Speed supported PC3200 MB/sec
Type 184 pin, DDR SDRAM
DIMM slots Four
Open DIMM slots Two
16X DVD(+/-)R/RW (+/-)R DL LightScribe drive
Controller: AC97 audio
Integrated 10/100 Base-T networking interface
Memory card reader
Supports the following cards:
Compact Flash I
Compact Flash II
Memory Stick Pro
Secure Digital (SD)
XD Picture Card (xd = extreme digital)
Expansion slots (available)
Slot type Quantity
PCI Three (Two available)
PCI Express x16 One (One available)
DIMM Slots Four (Two available)
Drive bays (available)
Bay type Quantity
5.25" external Two (One available)
3.5" external Two (One available)
3.5" internal One (None available)
Just want to here some opinions on where I should start to get the most bang for my buck.
Looking at the specs I immediately noticed the 512MB of memory. Will bumping up to 2 or 4 (or, heck, even 1) GB show a noticeable increase in performance?
Any help at all will certainly be appreciated.