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< If you are keep this computer and looking for more speed, adding RAM up to a limit of 4 GB will do more than a hard drive change....

I'm guessing that your computer has a Pentium 4 2.6 GHz processor since that was a common one for the time frame. If you use PassMark CPU benchmarks, that processor scores a 405. A new computer with an Intel i7 processor may have a score in the 8000-12,000 range.>

My current computer is an HP Compaq dx2250 microtower with AMD Athlon 64 X 2 dual core processor 4000+ , 984 MHz, 1.87 GB of RAM. The hard disk has 65 G, of which about 40G is in use. I am running Windows XP Professional 2002, Service Pack 3.

The AMD Athlon 64 3000+ (but not 4000+) is on the list of low-end cpus that you linked.

The high-end cpu list has lots of processors but of the <$150 processors, the AMD FX-6300 Six-Core (7,145 for $140) stands out as the fastest for the money. This is probably way more capability than I need (since I don't play games, etc.) but it isn't terribly much more expensive than processors with half the speed. This processor is available from for $130. It gets good reviews.

Does it make sense for me to order this? Would it plug into my current CPU. (I am completely ignorant as to the internals of the computer and will need hand-holding.)

What do you think? Would the combination of the new hard drive and new processor give me a "new" computer in my old box?

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