I have an old 20Gb, 128Mb RAM Vulcan 2000 PC, sporting an ASUS P2B-F motherboard and wish to start upgrading the aging hunk of silicon. At the moment I have installed a Philips CD-RW optical drive and network card.
I'm now looking to upgrade the system memory to at least 384Mb and the OS from Win 98SE to XP. Can the old hunk keep up? Does the new DIMM (the old one is a PC100 SD-RAM made by Hynix Semiconductor) have to be from the same manufacturor and model, or will any DIMM of the right specs work? And what if I want to install a new HD or Video card (say a good 64bit one, I'm not that fussed about 3D graphical power on this particular machine) any probs?
I know enough to realise updating all my old drivers would probably help make for a smoother upgrade, but I'm getting slightly irritated at the complexity of that task, i.e. the high number of updates I actually have to do. I recently visited the 'Drivers Headquarters' site at http://www.drivershq.com/
and was wandering if it is worth signing up to, or are there other better options (preferably free!)
The reason I worry is that whilst doing some of my own research I've come across incidents of motherboards crashing & burning, PCs having all sorts of reboot problems and such. A case of overworry perhaps?
Your help would be much appreciated, thank you
P.S. Would I need a new power supply and/or fan/cooling supply to accomodate all of these proposed upgrades? how do I find out what the specs of my current power supply is?