I have a standard 2003 dell. It runs pretty good since almost every thing i put on it it can handle well with some updates. Now the problem is it only runs the chips at half what they can do and has bad tendancy to do only 60% of what ram could do. Now i am a little finiancially declined, so i was wondering this: Should i buy a whole new harddrive or gaming cpu? My harddrive is probably most the problem because i only have like 35gb, and have onely about 9.5 gb with bf2 on with fh1.. If i get a new hard drive and have it installed, it should run pretty good(most of the slowness comes with bf2)(its not bad, but not smooth ewnough in loading or some game play)(i have a good card, too). If i got likea 100gb hard drive, maybe that would suup(soup) it up a lot. I mean that would give me a lot of space, i would have over2gb of ram that i installed and a ati radeon x1600 series. A new cpu would mean a lot of good things/ My computer could run smotther and all the same, maybe better. But i am finiancally declined and i think in the end, the hard rive would be just as worth it. But it would run smoother. The hard drive i belief would be prety decent. What do you guys think i should do? (im taking into consideration speed, smooth running, and high quality FH2/bf2 playing.)
I do have a nice connection so no one say try a better connection network too.
im not sure i understand you fully but it could be possible your RAM chips if you added one which doesnt match the other and you have forced dual channel which a few motherboards do, it could be underclocking itself to avoid damage cause dual channel requires matching sticks but will work without matching sticks just at a different divider. so id say if your too poor just get a hdd at this stage so u can at least install more stuff :D and give you the buffer you need for virtual memory. When you do come into money tho your much better picking your own parts and getting a computer shop to build it for $70 then getting a DELL or any other brand name pc. You will save a bucket load of money doing it that way besides most of them are found wanting in a few areas to save $$ so they look cheaper, but in all reality your paying for a brand and a pc that has been designed to be a pain in the rectum to upgrade (compaq's mobo jumpers are a perfect example) and cases without proper expansion slots. id only buy a DELL as a gaming laptop thats about it btw 35GB is tiny you can pickup 80GB hard drives for cheap as these days id suggest picking one up asap cause soon as you eat into that last 2-4GB your gonna be heading into Virtual memory territory and your pc will run like an absolute dog. The hdd wont speed up your pc per say unless you dont have enough space for virtual memory, it will increase in data write and read times if you pickup a faster 7200rpm 8mb buffer drive but whilst your in the game it wouldnt make much difference at all speed wise.
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9th December 2003
:moved: from GD to OT.
May I also suggest this forum here on GF: Tech Discussion