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How do I make this terrible PC good to sell?

Discussion in 'Technology Help' started by Mighty Arceus493, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. Mighty Arceus493

    Mighty Arceus493 Relentless.

    Okay, I have a terrible HP Pavilion 743a that came out around 10-11 years ago and I really want to sell it (I've been using a great laptop for a while so I haven't been using this HP Pavilion thing for ages.) What I'm trying to do is make the old Pavilion decent enough to sell so I can get more money off it. Here are it's terrible specs:

    Intel Pentium 4 CPU @ 2.4 GHz (Single Core, very bad processor...)
    80GB HDD (Really, really small space!)
    512MB PC2100 DDR SD Ram (Another reason to why the computer is bad)
    Nvidia GeForce4 MX420 (Only 32MB DDR Video Memory!)
    Windows XP Home

    ^ This wouldn't sell for much at all, so here's what I'll try to do without spending too much:

    Intel Pentium 4 CPU @ 2.4 GHz - I've been looking around for what I can upgrade it to, and this is what I found, but I have a question. The max TDP of the current processor is just under 60 Watts, but I don't know if 65 Watts can run on this computer. I don't know much about how the max TDP works.

    80GB HDD - I found this. It's cheap-ish but it would hopefully increase the value of this computer.

    512MB PC2100 DDR SD Ram - I can get this, but the computer's specs say that 1GB is the max it can hold. If I add this to the 512MB ram, will it be a problem having 1.5 GB?

    Nvidia GeForce4 MX420 I know that this graphics card is definitely one of the worst cards to use nowadays, but is it really necessary to get a better one if the processor can't get much better anyway? Bad Processor and a good graphics card won't really work right?

    Windows XP Home Someone I know can easily give me Windows 8 Pro for free, but if I add the 1 GB ram will this computer meet the requirements to get Windows 8 Pro?

    Can I have some advice on how I can make this computer slightly better?
  2. dragonskull

    dragonskull Dark trainer

    The computer may be worth 50$/€ if you can find someone willing to buy such old hardware that is. I'd say you're better of to NOT upgrade this machine since it'll probably cost you more than what it's worth. The system you're referring to is an OEM machine with limited capabilities for upgrading. The Windows License will also become unusable since its OEM so, to make things short:

    Don't upgrade and try to sell it (though I doubt you will be able to get rid of the system) if not give it away to a recycling centre or second hand institution.
  3. Mighty Arceus493

    Mighty Arceus493 Relentless.

    Hm... You have a point. I'll still put in some ram for it though as it's cheap as, but even though I know that I'd have trouble trying to sell this thing I'll see if I can get someone I know to get it for a low price. It's probably the sad truth, but from what you said, this computer doesn't seem to be all that great to sell. If I don't sell it, onto the side of the street it goes.

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