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Thread: which is better: ram or cpu upgrade?




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    I've got $100 to spend and want to improve the performance of my rig

    should I buy another 512 stick of ram or upgrade my cpu?

    for under $100 I can get a 2500+ barton, but is the performance increase from an 1800+ worth that?

    I do a lot of graphics, and 1 GB of total ram would be nice...

    opinions? thanks! :?:
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    if you are doing a lot of graphic-type work, then I say go with the memory...1 gig can be a nice boost in that department
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    aside from big graphics programs, would I see much of a difference in performance in other tasks if I went with another 512 memory?
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    possibly, it depends on what these other taks are..

    some game may get a boost from added memry, while others may not.
    office apps will probably be better off with a new CPU instead of memory.
    if you're a distributed computing fan, then a better CPU is what you'll want.
    but anyting that is graphically intensive will benifit more from memory and video card

    it's all a bit of a balance, and depends on what your primary use for the computer is
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    512 is enough, get a 1700+ barton and o/c it, or to be safe, get a 2500+ barton and o/c that.

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    Actually, if you wanna get a killer machine, save up even a little more money. Off hand, I'd say get the 2500 Barton, as it will SERIOUSLY boost you machine (not to mention there's room for overclocking if your RAM can take it). Secondly, I'm guessing you have one stick of 512mb RAM? If you get a matching stick of 512mb, you can run your memory in dual channel mode, which is seriously gonna give you another performance boost (tho not as much as the new processor would). But def look into the RAM after you get hte proc. Good luck! : peace2: Mista K6.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aznx
    512 is enough, get a 1700+ barton and o/c it, or to be safe, get a 2500+ barton and o/c that.
    Nope, 512 Mb is often not enough, just open a couple of bigger projects in photoshop, + some other apps and then ya computer starts eating from the hdd instead.. Trust me I've seen it..

    And stuff like 3d studio just need more mem, I'd say get another 512 stick.

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    sounds like a toss up...maybe i'll buy both in september--isn't that when the new amd cpu's come out? Will the athlons go down in price then?
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    Quote Originally Posted by aznx
    512 is enough, get a 1700+ barton and o/c it, or to be safe, get a 2500+ barton and o/c that.
    Unless I missed something there is no 1700+ barton. I think you mean TbredB dont ya?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malabooboo
    sounds like a toss up...maybe i'll buy both in september--isn't that when the new amd cpu's come out? Will the athlons go down in price then?
    ya, the Athlon64 comes out spetember 22...I just imagine everyting 32-bit is going to experience major price drops then
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