Trust me, I'd love to build him a system but, he doesnt want to go that route right now. If I could drop a 1 gig Athalon in it and upgrade his vid card Im sure he'd be very happy.
As far as computer usage...all he wants it for is surfing. Right now he's using WebTv.
If you could find out what you dropped in it, Id appreciate it. I think he'd be perfectly happy with a faster processor (regardless of how much faster) and a 64 MB vid card for a whopping 100 bucks.
Thanks for the responses.
Thank you for contacting Compaq E-Support. It is clear from your inquiry
that you want to upgrade the motherboard and processor of the Compaq
Presario 5000US and I am sure to provide appropriate solutions to
resolve this issue.
All Compaq Systems come with Compaq OEM version motherboard.
The Compaq Presario 5000US comes with 750 MHz AMD Duron Processor which
can be upgraded to a maximum of 1400 MHz AMD Athlon Processor.
I found the receipt for the processor. When we upgraded the processor, it wasn't something we were comfortable doing, so we had Tandy do it. We were confused as to exactly which processor to add. According to the receipt, it says a 1.1 GHZ Athlon. I do not think it was replaced with a Duron, I believe it was a thunderbird. Your looking at a socket A processor. I found this at AMD
Anyway, I did a search for a 1.1 GHZ Duron and found this
. A search for a 1.1 GHZ Athlon brings up this page.
I looked at Price Grabber & Newegg, neither lists it.
As to the vid card, we've run an ATI 9600 (plain version) as well as an Nvidia 2 Ti with 64mb, and I believe an nVidia 3Ti, 64mb. From memory I will say it has to be a 2x compatable card.
As to upgrading verses buying a prebuilt, your going to spend what about $300 upgrading this between the ram ($85 for a 256 stick), Processor $100, and vid card another $100 +, that's $300- at I Buy Power or Cyber Power, for $100 more he can have a newer faster system. Please look at I Buy Power
- the cheapest 64 system is $435.00 with free shipping, a game & a printer. Then, at Cyber Power
, the cheapest system is another 64 for $459.00 also with free game, printer & shipping. Your friend can sell both the game & printer to bring his total down to $300. If you visit Monarch Computers
, you'll see they offer the cheapest for $369.00. Radio Shack & Walmart both have $300 computer options.
There are other options as well- Comp USA has a nice case for $30, you can find a mobo & processor combo to fit it from Fry's for as low as $40. A copy of XP is less than $90, then add to that a stick of PC2100 for $30 to $50 and he has a newer system. Take the 30 gig HD out of the 5000 & put it in the new system. Next, part up the 5000 and sell it for parts on Ebay- there is a market for 5000US parts. Chances are, a newer box will end up costing about $100 if you part out the Compaq & buy the one from I Buy Power.
Something to think about - the 5000US is about 4 years old. I purchased mine on 03/07/2001. How much longer will the mobo work? If it does die, your friend will be pissed that he spent the cash on it to begin with. I don't know what else to say to get you to not put any money into that box, but in the end, it is probably your decision since your friend knows nothing about computers or his options. Please, if you do upgrade that box, the most I would spend on it is $100- with parts from Ebay; no more than that.
There's also a thread here
about building a $300 system. Maybe some of the ideas or links will help.