Recommendation on possible motherboard upgrade for obsolete PC
Posted on 2011-02-11
I work for a small non-profit organization, and our budget is real tight these days. Someone recently donated three identical PCs to us. They are fairly old. Here are the specs:
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-8SIMLH (socket 478), microATX form factor
Processor: Intel Pentium 4 (Northwood), 2.4 GHz
Chipset: SiS 651 rev. 01
RAM: 2 x 512 MB
Power supply: 300W
They all have DVD ROM drives, as well.
I'd like to upgrade the machines to something newer/faster that can comfortably run Windows 7. What kind of motherboard / processor combo would people recommend? I'm hoping for something under $200. Or is it hopeless, and I should just scrap the machines?
Thanks in advance for any input.