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Confused. Need help please.

By Shanghai Sam ·
I desperately need to upgrade my computer but I don't have a clue how to go about doing it yet I want to learn.
My system is from a company called "JPG Systems" and I went on their website, at least I think it was anyway, in the hopes of trying to see if I could purchase merchandise, from them, to upgrade but everytime I send out information for them to get in touch with me, I keep getting this email error message back telling me it's not deliverable. So I have a question to ask.
In order toupgrade ones' computer(more RAM, memory...) do you need to only purchase upgrade merchandise from the company who made your system or can you purchase it from any company? And can anyone possibly know of a site that specializes in selling computer upgrading merchandise?
Please help because this means a lot to me. Thank you. :)

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by dmiles In reply to Confused. Need help plea ...

Not necccessarily you can purchase upgrade parts from other vendors,they will carry a compatible match for your system or buy from resellers.
As far as memory goes you will need to know the type of memory that you have in system it will depend on whether the current module is a SIMM (72 pins) or DIMM (168 pins),you can get more info from the following site
www.crucial.com
www.kingston.com-they have a memory guide and you can contact either vendor concerning your memory upgrade
As far as other computer upgrades you may want to reference the following sites
1)wwwzdnet.com.com/pcmag/features/upgrades/index
2)www.computertutors.com/
3)www.tomshardware.com

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by TimTheToolMan In reply to Confused. Need help plea ...

Hi,

You can buy computer components from anywhere and they will work in your machine as long as your motherboard and operating system supports them.

I'm guessing you have Windows98? If thats the case then you shouldn't have too many problems with the operating system, but you will need to post back here the brand and model of your motherboard, and what you're planning to upgrade so we can let you know whether it'll work.

One easy way to determine the make and model of your motherboard is to simply open up the case and take a look. Write down all the numbers and words you can see if you're not familiar with the brands....

Be careful when you do this and make sure the power cord is completely unplugged.

There are gazillions ofwebsites around that will sell you hardware. I'm from Australia and I like... http://www.cws.net.au/

Hope this helps,
Cheers,
Tim.

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by TheChas In reply to Confused. Need help plea ...

Since you are just starting out on building a system, I recommend that you leave your existing system intact, and build a new one. This way, you will be able to download driver files and get help and advice using your old PC.
If your present system is more than 2 years old, there really isn't much hardware that would be worth transfering to a new system anyway.

There are numerous hardware sources available to you. I would start out with your local independent PC retailer. Getting a good relationship with them will give you a resource for help and advice. Forget the big box chain stores. They don't have the knowledge to help a system builder.

Download the system assembly check list from TechRepublic. Also, check the article archives, there are many usefull articles.

Once you figure out what you want in your new system, you can use sites like www.pricewatcher.com to compare prices, and find sources.

I have purchased from www.compgeeks.com
www.computersurplusoutlet.com
www.mwave.com
A friend of mine likes www.newegg.com

What you need to know to consider upgrades to your existing system is who actually made the motherboard, and what hardware does it support.
If you have the manual for the system that helps alot.
Depending on what hardware you have, and what hardware your motherboard supports, I recommend the following;
Increase RAM to 196MB. For a Win9X system, there is no sense in increasing ram beyond 384MB.
Replace the video card.
Install a new IDE drive controller card.

As far as CPU speed, you will only see about a 10 - 25% performance increase if you double the CPU speed.

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by TheChas In reply to Confused. Need help plea ...

The lowest cost performance increase is to backup your critical data,
Format the hard drive,
Re-install your operating system from scratch with the latest driver updates for all hardware.

Windows just builds up a lot of "junk" over time that slows down the system.
Depending on how often you install and remove software, the performance improvement can be significant.

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by Goh Weihan In reply to Confused. Need help plea ...

You can buy upgrade components from anywhere in the world and put it in your system. The only catch is that your computer must support that component.

There are a lot of hardware review sites out there, some with links to vendors, as given by other people who posted

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by SFHSGrad00 In reply to Confused. Need help plea ...

You don't have to purchase components from the manufacturer, as long as the parts are not proprietary. Most companies have gone to "generic" components, simply because they are easier to find and get. However, some companies, like Compaq, still tend to use proprietary components, such as BigFoot HardDisks becuase they know that no one else uses them. They do this to "hook in" a customer to make them continue to return to them for all of their computer needs. I would look around at other places to see if you can find components that will fit in your system. Good luck.

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by chocotechstuff In reply to Confused. Need help plea ...

In upgrading RAM you should know your RAM type (SDRAM or RDRAM etc). As far as I know as if your computer is not a branded one you can easily find memory to add in your memory slot. But if it is a branded one then you should buy on that vendor. Ithink no need to look in any site to buy memory because everywhere you can find a computer store to give you memory need.

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