How much would I benefit with an extra 2gb ram? 28 replies

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Morbid_Murder

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#1 8 years ago

I've been wanting to add a little extra performance boost to my pc but because my mobo is a crap micro form from a Dell Inspiron 530s, getting a new cpu would be abit too costly for me at the moment since that'd mean also having to get a new mobo. Here's my cpu-z memory specs:

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I do alota music production in FL Studio and the benefit there will be obvious when the updated version comes out but ignoring that part, would it be worth it? If not, I'll just stick to possibly saving for a new mobo + cpu. And just to double check.....would I be able to just buy a compatible 2gb and at it to the mobo or does the entire 6gb actually have to match in some way?

EDIT: Almost forgot to add.....I pretty much quit gaming on my pc so I won't be doing any of that.

Thanks!




Chocu1a

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#2 8 years ago

You would not see that much of an improvement with 6 gigs over 4 gigs. Also, unless the timings are identical, your ram might not run at the rated speeds.




kow_ciller

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#3 8 years ago

Get MOAR MEGAHURTZ first.




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#4 8 years ago

Total waste of money, even if (like the Count said) the timings are the same, you're not going to get more than maybe 5-10% performance increase. 4Gb is plenty unless you're in to a lot of media editing or modeling, but otherwise it's fine.

My advice: defragment your drive every now and then and use a registry cleaner. If you're looking for a serious increase, the only thing that would really make the most difference would be a new CPU, so just save your nickels and dimes.


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Morbid_Murder

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#5 8 years ago

I guess I'll go with the cpu upgrade then, but that definitely won't come till a while possibly. My pc is fast enough for now so I'm not too much in a rush, though when I'm messing about in FL, I think the benefits of an upgrade would really to show then.

One thing I'm really wondering is, how are people when it comes to buying used cpu's? Is it common at all? Here's what I have now:

Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor BX80570E8400

I have the money for an upgrade already but I'm trying to avoid being to reckless with my cash. If I could get rid of this cpu for a decent price, I'll probably be abit more motivated to go for a Core 2 Quad or Core i7.




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#6 8 years ago

Forget Core 2 anything, you could probably sell that CPU for $50-$80 at best. Core 2s are an old breed, so I would recommend the Core i5:

Newegg.com - Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750

However, you'll need to get a new motherboard that supports the i5 socket.


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Chocu1a

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#7 8 years ago

You could possibly get a Q9550 for a descent price. I have seen them go, used, for around $125 & that is a good price for a quad core.




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#8 8 years ago

I'd personally get a better motherboard and overclock it to hell and back.




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#9 8 years ago

Turn off all the crap running in the background, and services, and some scheduled tasks, will help a lot. and programs that start at bootup, run a lean machine. Right now I have (looking at task manager) 11698 handles 545 threads 37 tasks using 1.19 gig of RAM with antivirus running -------------------- I boot up, threads are about 9500 and 1gig RAM used win7 pro 64 bit try to turn everything off that has nothing to do with audio, and see how it runs. (tweaking)




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#10 8 years ago

Morbid_Murder;5396669

One thing I'm really wondering is, how are people when it comes to buying used cpu's? Is it common at all? .

Yeah, its actually very common. Hell, half of my rig is made up of used parts at the moment.

You would probably only get around $70 or so for a E8400 now though. I sold a Xeon E3110 (same as a E8400) for $75 a few months ago. I would just start saving up for a new build. I would be pretty hesitant to put any more money into a socket 775 setup at this point as its now a dead platform.