4 Replies Latest reply on Feb 4, 2013 9:27 AM by Harm Millaard

    Help with antique P4 / XP machine

    Jay Knobbe Level 1

      No giggles please...


      My young son wants to try his hand at video, both behind the camera and editing. So I lent him my old PD170 and dug out my old XP pc. It was in dire need of some clean up and freshening, so I dismantled, cleaned and added 2 fans, 1 blowing in from the front and 1 exhausting out the back. Specs are as follows...


      Mobo: Asus P5LD2


      CPU: P4 3.2ghz

      Memory: Corsair XMS2 DDR2, 1024g x2

      Storage: WD2500 Caviar 250g EIDE x2

      Video: HIS X1950, 256mb, DDR2


      PSU: CoolerMaster 550w

      Lite-On DVD burner

      OS: XP Home

      PPro 1.5 -yes, it's true.


      My questions are...

      I have a Radeon HD4650 video card. Can't even rmember why I bought it

      http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/ati-radeon-hd-4000/hd-4600/Pages/ati-radeo n-hd-4600-overview.aspx

      This card has DDR2, 1g memory vs the older x1950 with DDR3, 256mb memory.

      Should I use the newer card? Does it matter for what he will be doing? It certainly uses less power.


      Can I replace the 2 gb of memory with 4g? I think the board supports 4g but will XP home support 4g?


      The board supports 4 SATA drives from what I can figure out.

      All else being equal, are SATA drives better to use than EIDE drives? I happen to have a couple of WD SATA drives I could use.


      Thought I might set him up with a RAID 0 for storage, yes?


      I know this sounds crazy, but we are actually doing this as a father son project so it's been fun. Kind of like restoring an old Rambler in the garage. When you're all done it runs good, looks nice but isn't worth one nickel more.


      Your help and advice are greatly appreciated. Other thougths greatly appreciated


      BTW... most of his video would, of course bt DV, but he does have a Canon compact camera that does AVCHD so so of that could find it's way onto the drives.