Honestly I need opinions here. Because I don't know what I can do. You see, I've had been using a P4 with an FX5500 and 768MB RAM (of which a 256MB stick died) for over 7 years. Last year I decided that I want new stuff so I got the parts and assembled the rig in my system specs and now am quite satisfied. The only problem is that I passed on my (then still working) P4 as a 'toy' to my 6 year old daughter. At that time it was already causing problems. For example, it kept rebooting and never loading windows, until I removed the original old 256MB RAM module and left it with 512MB. If I left the 256MB module in there the pc wouldn't even post or beep. Nothing. A couple of months later it started losing data, newly installed programs appeared as corrupted, I'd re-install them, they'd work for a day or 2 and become corrupted again. I'd install games for my kid and the next day the icon would vanish from the desktop and they wouldn't even be visible through the search function. So I ran the SMART utility which told me the drive was only 18% fit due to the Reallocated Sector Count of 395 which meant that my HDD is in its last throes there. Now I can't afford to spend more on pc stuff. After I got all the stuff for my present pc I already upgraded from an 8600GTS to an 8800GT and purchased a widescreen 22" instead of my 19"... I'm at the limits now. I have to get or make some pc working for my daughter, so far it was a 1.6Ghz Willamette on a socket 423 with DDR 512MB which some 5 years ago I upgraded from an MX400 graphics to FX5500, always on a P4VXMS ECS (Elitegroup) motherboard. And believe me at her age she already realised that my pc is much faster than 'her' pc.... What would be your ideas. I cannot really afford to spend much money. Should I keep 'patching up' perhaps getting new stuff like a new HDD? English is not my first language but I guess it is a PATA IDE? I don't know the correct terminology which is a disadvantage. Should I throw the whole tower into the rubbish? Thinking of it, if I were to buy new stuff, it'd be more worth if I hand over the pc in my specs... and get something better..... it'd cost more but be more worth, especially for me, at the end..