I'm helping an older coworker upgrade his PC, he has a HP Compaq with the following:
- Pentium 4, 3.2 GHz
- 72 GB HDD
- 1.5 GB RAM
- HP 09F0H motherboard, Intel 945G Express chipset
He just needs something he can use for day-to-day browsing and the occasional HD movie. Budget is very tight, at CAD $150.
I plan to buy the following for him:
- EVGA 8400GS graphics ($38): Just something simple for HD video playback
- Seagate Barracuda 1 TB hard drive ($64)
- 4GB RAM ($37)
I originally thought to upgrade the CPU, but the motherboard is incompatible with modern CPUs. To upgrade the motherboard + CPU would practically use up the entire budget, with unusable RAM and storage space. I chose to get a graphics card because the Pentium 4 seems to struggle with Youtube videos even at 720p.
Would this be a good allocation of the budget, or is there any better ideas?
P.S. I've had bad experiences with used parts so that's not an option. I don't want to risk his limited budget on potentially faulty components.