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dwojo1

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I have an IBM Aptiva computer with an AMD-K6 500mhz computer and 120 mb of SDRAM. I'm not sure what type of motherboard it is nor do I know where to find out (no help from the Aptiva website). IBM gives no information as to whether a processor upgrade is possible or not. I know it only has 2 slots for RAM though.

I would like to upgrade the processor and the RAM. Is there an easy way I can change the amount of slots available for RAM? Can I upgrade the processor? If so am I limited to type? The current specs say max 256 RAM - will this change if I change the processor?

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You can't add more RAM slots. If your motherboard only has two, then that's all you have. The maximum amount of RAM won't change with a processor upgrade. If it's 256, then that's all you can put on.
 

dwojo1

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Max and others,

Thanks for the help. What do you suggest for upgrades then? Should I just wait until I absolutely have to and buy a brand new computer or is there a cheaper way to do it? I have only a basic knowledge of the hardware but am satisfied with all of my current storage areas and Windows 98 seems to be fine. Thanks for the help.

Dwojo
 

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If you're satisfied with your system, why do you want to upgrade at all? A processor upgrade (if it's possible) isn't going to give you much of a performance boost. RAM is inexpensive, so I would suggest upgrading that. You could also add a larger hard drive if you want more storage.

If you want a much faster processor and more than 256 RAM, then you need a new motherboard. There's no way around that.
 
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Originally posted by kramnnim
Wouldnt you be able to install two 256MB sticks?
Sorry, no, it means the motherboard will only support 256meg of ram total
 
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