I want to run something by people here to see if I'm on the right track or if I'm wasting my time.
I found my old desktop computer from almost 15 years ago. After some initial research, I get the impression that I can make this computer a productive machine with just a few upgrades. I want to use this machine for Zoom conferences, and use it to do light video editing of my video meetings and online seminar/lectures that I attend.
Here are the specifications that I was able to retrieve for my machine:
- M4A77TD motherboard
- AMD Athlon 2 ADX620WFK42GI, Quad Core 2.6 GHz / 2600 MHz: 667 MHz Memory
- 4GB of Memory (2 sticks of PC3 10666 2GB memory: PN OCZ3P1333LV4GK)
- GeForce 9400 GT: EN9400GT
- 1 TB Hard Drive (not SSD)
Right now when I use the machine, the windows operating system might freeze randomly while I'm browsing the internet and watching youtube. I can reboot to get back to using the computer. But some time later, things can randomly freeze again. I tried replacing windows with Ubuntu 22.04 with a GUI, and similar freezing issue still occurred.
I wonder if my freezing issue is the result of insufficient memory? 4GB does seem too little.
Hence I was contemplating the following upgrades:
- Increase memory to 16 GB
- Apply some new CPU thermal paste between the heat sink and the CPU
- Use a 256 GB SSD as my primary drive that the operating system boots from
Do you think these upgrades will allow me to use this computer for zoom conferences, editing online meetings/lectures that I've recorded, do some computer programming and database programming (sql server, mysql etc...) ?