It's still a pretty nice machine. It was top of the line when we bought it 3-4 years ago as CivilGrrl's "cornerstone" machine. I'm just wondering if there's anything I can do to punch up the machine a bit. . .
Memory: It's got RAMBUS, so upgrading the memory beyond the built-in 512mb would cost almost as much as a new machine. 512mb is still good enough for a kitchen computer, so I'm not worried about that.
Video: It's got an AGP Radeon 7500, which is good enough for my plans. It's not gonna run Doom 3, so that's not really a problem.
Hard drive: It's got a 30gb drive, which should be plenty for a machine that'll spend most of its time running a web browser.
So that leaves the CPU. What I'm wondering is:
1. Can I upgrade the CPU?
2. Would it be worth it?
Checking out dell.com (which allows you to look up detailed specs on any machine you bought from 'em, even four years ago, which is nice), this machine's got a 1.5 Ghz P4 with 423 pins, 8k L1 cache, 256k L2 cache, and 400FSB.
ebay shows 423-pin CPU's up to 1.9 Ghz for about $100. Would this really be enough of an improvement to justify the price, or should I just stick with what I've got?