I tried to upgrade the memory on the homebrew computer my son and I built a few years back. It had two 512MB DIMM chips in it. I bought two 1GB DIMM chips. I took out the 512s and put in the 1 gigs. Everything worked fine. Then I got greedy. I added the original memory back in trying to get the system up to 3 GB and fried something.
The memory this motherboard takes is 184-pin and the industry has moved onto 240-pin memory. And motherboards that take AMD slot 939 chips are functionally obsolete. I found one online for $40 so I am going to give this upgrade one more chance before I quit throwing good money after bad.
I really don’t have a good reason why I’m bothering other than pride. My rationalizations include the following:
- I just spent a lot of time reinstalling my software including Quicken. Having to re-install everything on a new machine would be a pain in the neck.
- Everything I do is “just fifty more bucks”. If the memory upgrade been a success I would have gotten an older generation video card. I could eventually have the world’s fastest AMD64 machine.
- Sentimental value. I built the computer with my son just after he got out of the hospital from having his appendix removed.
- If and when I did get a new machine, I really wanted to use this one as media server.
- A new machine would force me to learn Windows Vista.
- The gamer style case just looks so cool.
- For about five-hundred bucks I could get a complete pre-tested and configured machine that would be four times as powerful as anything I could make this one.
- Parts for this machine are already getting hard to find. We just barely found the right size chip cooler when it went out six months ago.
- The reason I was upgrading the old machine was so that it would be fast enough to run Premiere Elements 7 for HD video editing. It may not even be able to get that fast.
- Every day this machine is down, I’m having to use my seven-year-old Sony desktop that is so bloated and slow it takes nearly fifteen minutes to boot-up.
- I have all my important files backed up onto a portable hard drive, so the real hassle is re-installing software and not transferring files.
- My kid has moved onto a MacBookPro which is four times the computer than I can justify spending on myself.
BlatantCommentWhoring™: When and how should I pull the plug?