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    Default Which part should I upgrade first? within limited budget..

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    The above is my current system. When I play WOW or use photoshop, it always can't run smoothly.
    And I also hope to improve the long boot up time... It really wastes my life.
    Can anyone suggest an upgrade solution within US$100? I know it's hard but that's what I can afford. thanks!

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    Default Re: Which part should I upgrade first? within limited budget..

    Your best bet is going to be the RAM or the graphics card...

    U'll have to keep in mind that ur system is really old, so theres really no point upgrading anything for now.

    For the graphics, probably an HD5670 will do u well.
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    Default Re: Which part should I upgrade first? within limited budget..

    Thanks for your advice. That graphic card looks great in its performance and price. I believe that will be helpful when playing game or photo editing. But if I also want to upgrade my computer's boot up, is there any suggestion? How about RAM or HD?

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    Default Re: Which part should I upgrade first? within limited budget..

    For boot time improvement more ram would probably help. if you are using an older Windows install then the best way to improve boot times is usualy to shut down all the extra stuff that wants to start with Windows : adobe, quicktime, msn messenger, photo programs, sharing programs, etc, etc. . Most of those programs can be started just fine manually when needed.
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    Default Re: Which part should I upgrade first? within limited budget..

    I agree, memory or GFX if all you have is $100. Both would help with photoshop

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    Default Re: Which part should I upgrade first? within limited budget..

    Definently your RAM...512MB is not enough to run anything efficiently. Then for your boot time, there is an advanced option in MSCONFIG to make the system actually use both processors and all the memory that you have to boot up faster. But no worries on the Video Card. Go memory, that helps your OVERALL performance... 4GB at the least and since you are using a 32-bit OS I presume, then that works perfectly... OS will recognize 3.5 and send the other .5 to video. Plus, you could technically buy a video card and memory...look at TigerDirect.com - Computers, Computer Parts, Computer Components, Netbooks & Electronics or Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more! they have some great deals right now. Make a wise purchase and for 100 bucks you may be able to land both with some free shipping...SWEET! Let us know how you do...if you need help with that tweak, PM me or post it and we'll get ya rolling! Have fun!!!!!
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