About a week ago I was given an old PC by my sister that her partner’s mum was going to chuck out. It wasn’t a powerful machine but I had parts that I could upgrade it to make it powerful enough to play old games like Warcraft 3 and C&C First Decade.
Originally the PC had a Celeron 2.6Ghz CPU with 256Mb Ram, On Board Graphics and an 80Gb IDE Hard Drive.
I have kept the CPU in there for the time being as I don’t have any thermal paste but I do have a Pentium 4 3.06Ghz HT CPU that will be going in it evenutally.
I also had 1Gb of DDR Ram that I have fitted into the machine in 2 x 512Mb sticks, so I took the existing ram out and replaced it.
I also had a GeForce 6800 Ultra 256Mb AGP Graphic Card that I wasn’t using for anything so that has also gone in there.
3D Mark 2001 score after all the upgrades now run at 8534 from 3245, so a massive improvement, mainly thanks to the Graphic Card but the extra Ram is also a big boost.
It can run the above games now at the native resolution of my old 15″ monitor at 50FPS when they are on full while it still has the Celeron CPU in it, which is the bottleneck of the system. I think when I also put in the P4 that will still be the bottleneck of the system as the GeForce 6800 Ultra Graphic Card is really an overkill for this system.
All the old games I have play like a dream now, so that means the Mac I have can now become my backup Video editing machine.