Yesterday, I found a Compaq Presario SR2150NX at a yard sale for $100. They trusted me to take it home to try it out, since I live 4 houses down from them, and I will tell them soon if I want it.
The PC was purchased in February 2007. It is a Celeron D, 3.46 ghz, 512 MB RAM, 120 GB Sata HD, Windows Vista Home OS, with 16X Tsstcorp DVD burner w/lightscribe. It has an empty 5.25 inch bay and a empty 3.5 inch bay for moving over one or more of my extra 300 GB hard drives. It has both SATA and PATA connectors. It has MS Office 2002, and Roxio 9 Basic software loaded.
I fired it up, and Vista is not usable with only 512 MB Ram since it is so slow, so I would have to upgrade that.
I was thinking of going to Bestbuy and getting some RAM to see how much speed improvement I get. I can return the RAM if I don’t keep the PC. Is it worth trying to upgrade with RAM, or am I better off just getting a new PC down the road? I currently have a HP 2.7 Pentium GHz system with XP that’s about 4 years old which works fine. I do quite a bit of DVD burning, Internet, email, but not any gaming or anything else that is high end.
If you think the PC is worth keeping, how much Ram should I try? There are two memory slots, with one 512 4200 DDR2 module installed. Bestbuy has a 2 GB stick of Kingson 6400 DDR2 for $54 this week, or a 1 GB stick of PNY 5300 DDR2 for $27. (I assume it is cheaper online, and if I keep the PC, I may return the RAM and buy it online). If I get the 2 GB module, then I would have 2.5 GB total. Will that be enough for Vista?
As an aside, there is a HP deskjet F340 all-in-one printer that they will sell me for $10 that came with the PC. Alternatively, there is a HP deskjet F2110 all-in-one printer, new in the box, that they will sell me for $20. I currently have a HP D4100 printer that is not all in one.
I appreciate your thoughts about whether it is worth keeping either the PC and/or the printers. Thanks.