Can I improve my desktop by adding more parts from an older computer?

Hey I'm not looking for some massive change. I am simply wondering if i can take anything off one of my old desktops and add it to the newer one (both are still old). Ex. RAM, CPU, motherboard, usb ports, cooling fans? I know it would easier to buy a better computer but right now I'm short on money and have a spare desktop collecting dusk.

I'm not very adept with computers so whatever it may be I would need to see instructions or given a link to learn more.

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  • 9 years ago
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    It's okay to add them to the current computer if they are better then the hardware of the current computer. But there are a lot of things that you have to look into before doing that. It's not as easy as remove from old and insert into new. Also you have diagnose the system after transferring all of the hardwares that you wan't to transfer.

    Actually before adding or removing the hardwares, make sure you check whether or not the hardwares are compatible with each other. The CPU sockets might be different so you won't be able to use it. RAM memory modules can be different (eg. SD, DDR, DDR2, etc). GPU's slots can be different (eg. AGP, PCIE (they both have different versions and speed). You have to take all of this into account if you are going to add parts from your old computer.. Of course adding a hard disk won't be a problem. You can add it even if the hard disk that you wan't to add to the current computer ain't as good as the current one simply for the reason of having more disk space.

    Good luck, hope this helps. Feel free to drop me an email if you require further assistance.

    Source(s): Years of experience.
  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Only if the parts you add are better than what you have now. Since the computer is old, I'm presuming that isn't the case

    You could of course use the old case fans, and the RAM as extra only if it is compatible with the newer motherboard

  • 9 years ago

    I like keeping computers going for as long as I can. Once you open up a computer you'll realize how easy it can be to swap components around - but there are components you cannot change.

    Most motherboards are the same size - ATX which is 12" x 9.6". However they processors they can accept is limited by the socket they have built into them - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CPU_socket

    Memory - the form of these modules has constantly changed so are not always transferable between motherboards. Usually though, if it fits, it's compatible. Not a real rule of course, but works more than 50% of the time http://www.computermemoryupgrade.net/types-of-comp...

    Drives - Used to be simple, everyone used ATA but newer computers use SATA. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallel_ATA and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_ATA

    Try also these links http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/how-to-tech/b...

    http://lifehacker.com/#!5151369/the-first+timers-g...

  • 9 years ago

    If your computer is older, the only usable thing i could imagine would be the Harddrive. If your old PC has a 320GB harddrive for example, thats a significant amount of extra storage that can easily be added to your currest system. Having 2 hardrives allows the operating system to run faster because it can read and write files from one harddrive, and process applications on the OS from another drive. Look on youtube for great videos on installing Harddrives. It doens't take too much knowledge, you just have to be brave enough to open your computer... Which is a daunting task to many.

    Here is a couple videos i would suggest

    (SATA Harddrive) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xN59W-56p3I

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    (IDE Harddrive - older) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtEcwRqzeVo

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  • deeson
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    3 years ago

    in accordance to me, a sturdy pics card to purchase would be a complicated one, because of the fact the standards for video games bounce daily. One such could be GTX 560. Ram ought to be like 8GB for gaming.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    generally speaking the only things you can add from one computer to another are, harddrives, videocards or Ram.

    And it should be noted that you cant just put any 2 video cards into a computer and expect them to work, and you generally have to match batch numbers with your ram and brand... (can't mix and match Corsair with Kingston ETC..."

    So that just leaves your harddrives really....

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