I was wondering if anyone here could steer me to a good guide online that would help me with these major questions before I start ripping the thing apart:
1) How can I best and most quickly figure out exactly the kind of machine I have here. What are its vital stats, its equipment,and all that. How best do I take an inventory of all that I have here.
What I have been able to find are these figures:
AMD Athlon 1.10 GH processor
Windows XP, 2002
128 MBs of RAM
14 GB of hard drive space (18.6 total capacity)
Total Virtual memory: 446.83 MB
Page File space: 319.50 MB
Standard CD-ROM drive (1329 KB per second)
3 1/2 inch floppy drive
Now I am certain there's more that will be important in my quest here, but I still have to figure out what half this stuff does already anyway.
2) What kind of equipment will do what for my system? I am looking to build a solid machine here, but before putting any money into it I need to know I'll be able to get this machine up to speed for less than what it would cost me to buy a new pc to begin with. For instance, here's a couple things that I know I'll want to have on this pc and have it run well beyond the minimum specs...:
Macromedia Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Adobe Photoshop, various (ahem) games, a DVD/CD RW, a solid sound card, solid graphics card, and in general just a nice, medium class upgraded pc with above average graphic and sound capabilities. Small office/home sort of use.
3) Once i figure out what I have and exactly where I want to go, what kind of things should I invest in and be careful of in getting started. I have this grand vision of being able to do a little bit of tinkering, maybe downloading recent drivers, picking up a couple choice pieces of equipment I can install in the box- and have a relatively inexpensive to build yet well above average machine for less than buying a new pc... but I know there are going to be pitfalls. What should I be mindful of as I begin this process?
Or, should I just scrap the whole thing and buy a new pc anyway...
I would appreciate any advice you may have for this humble beginer, and thanks so much for your time already in reading my query!
Chip D. Wood
Computer Hardware Maroon