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Hi, I wanted to upgrade my old PC. Since this is my first time upgrading any PC, wanted to make sure if it is even worth it. My PC current specs are: 

OS: windows XP SP 1 

RAM: 1GB DDR2

CPU: intel(R) CELERON (R) D 2.80GHz 

motherboard ASUS P5GZ-MX revision 1.00

CPU socket type socket 775.

 

It is for my dad. He normally uses computer for simple browsing and word processing. I'm thinking of upgrading it to core 2 duo with 2GB RAM. Can I upgrade it further without upgrading motherboard. Is purchasing external graphics card (if it supports any) worth it?

 

I also need suggestion for any Linux distro that will run well on this upgraded config while still being easy for someone who is switching from windows.

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1 minute ago, Bivek said:

It is for my dad. He normally uses computer for simple browsing and word processing.

this potato will work just fine for these simple tasks. (he wont type faster with better pc)

may be a ssd is all you need and no other upgrades are worth it.....

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An SSD will severely improve the 'snappynes' of the PC, but first and foremost I'd recommend moving away from windows XP since it's no longer supported and won't recieve any security updates.

 

Is the PC connected to the internet? If yes - that's a great way to catch a virus

75% of what I say is sarcastic

 

So is the rest probably

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6 hours ago, myselfolli said:

An SSD will severely improve the 'snappynes' of the PC, but first and foremost I'd recommend moving away from windows XP since it's no longer supported and won't recieve any security updates.

 

Is the PC connected to the internet? If yes - that's a great way to catch a virus

I'm planning to boot Linux into the system. I wanted suggestion for that as well. I've used Ubuntu, Mint and Manjaro on my other systems but don't think that will run well on this configuration.

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1 minute ago, Bivek said:

I'm planning to boot Linux into the system. I wanted suggestion for that as well. I've used Ubuntu, Mint and Manjaro on my other systems but don't think that will run well on this configuration.

Linux tends to run decently on pretty much any system afaik, which flavour you prefer is pretty much up to you...

75% of what I say is sarcastic

 

So is the rest probably

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6 hours ago, dgsddfgdfhgs said:

this potato will work just fine for these simple tasks. (he wont type faster with better pc)

may be a ssd is all you need and no other upgrades are worth it.....

With XP, the system freezes at times. Although I'm planning to boot Linux into the system, I think (I'm not sure though) it still won't be able to handle browsing with just a GB of RAM. Plus upgrading it with core 2 duo and 2 GB of RAM (both used) would hardly cost me $30-$40. I'm just not sure if upgrading those (if motherboard supports) will bring any noticable changes.

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