So I just got a new computer about two weeks ago, and I've got some questions regarding some more possible minor final(at least minor in comparison to a full new build) upgrades I could make. My current system specs are:
Intel 2.4Ghz Quad Core Q6600 EVGA Nivida nForce 680i SLI ATX 2x 1 gig sticks of RAM from GSkill Nividia 8800GTS 320 320gb hard drive.
And what I am wondering is if I would get a benefit from any of the following possible upgrades(some near int he future, some farther off).
First, how much of a benefit would I get from adding another gig of RAM? With my computer idle I have about 40% usage of RAM. I am looking to run the newest games such as CoD4 and UT3 when they come out, and Bioshock. And would it be worth the 50 or so bucks to get 1 more gig(either int he form of two 512s or one 1 gig) And in a related question, I've heard that Vista 32 bit doesn't support 4 gigs or more of memory, is this true?
Second possible upgrade would be something like a 36 or 74 gig 10,000 or 15,000 rpm hard drive from Fujitsu. I managed to find a 40$ 36 gig 15,000 RPM HDD from Fujitsu on newegg, and the only catch is that it is recertified. I'm wondering if it would be worth it to buy a small high speed drive to use either for Vista itself, or possibly simplyto put my games on so they load faster and such.
Finally, and this is way off at least a year from now, but I figured I'd still ask, and in reality it might not be answerable yet. What would be more beneficial in the future, buying a second 8800GTS 320 to run SLI or upgrading all the way up to whatever high level 9 series is out at that point? Keeping in mind prices at the time.
Uhhh... Maybe a second hdd? Video card soon, wouldn't go SLI with that, would get just a single, stronger card.
For your ram question, we need to know what OS you have.
If it's XP, then I would say to stick with the two gigs.
If it's Vista, three gigs isn't a bad idea.
Other than that, I wouldn't even contemplate any upgrades for at least the next six months.
1) You need a 64-bit OS to use more than 2GB of RAM. Not worth the cost of either right now, still. 2) No. I have a 10k Raptor that I run Windows and it's associated games off of right now. It's too small to have but more than a handful of modern games and doesn't justify the cost. You also found a SCSI drive; you can't use those on a desktop board (or most server boards, for that matter) without a controller card. 3) None. Rarely will you find a situation where the cost of better SLI exceeds the cost of a single-card upgrade. I managed it once, but my second card was a refurb of a discontinued model and it was pure dumb luck that I found it. Wait for a generation or two, then buy a new card.
Your GTS is enough for now to play anything at high/max so Id wait for 9 series if I were you
Thanks for the help. I found out about needing a controller card today from one of my friends so I've already written off that one. The video card upgrade would be for way off anyways, I was just already making the thread so I figured I might as well ask. I'd probably wait a few years and then upgrade to a 9 series.
Regarding RAM though, I was under the impression Vista 32 bit could handle up to 4 gigs or something like that, and then 64 bit was needed for more then that, I didn't think the limit for 32 bit Vista was 2 gigs. If so, then of course I won't be making that upgrade either. Main thing was I found a lot of these upgrade parts relatively cheap(though still expensive, like any part) such as on sale and what not and I was wondering if the costs were justified in this case.
You have a godlike system, why would you want be improving god?
I thought that you could run up to 4 gigs in 32, but in order to use the full 4, you needed 64. Also, does the 8800 have a physics processor, or is there still reasons to get a PhysX board? Otherwise, if not for a physics processor to make Bioshock look even sexier, I don't think there's much you can do with your system.
C38368;39819241) You need a 64-bit OS to use more than 2GB of RAM. Not worth the cost of either right now, still.
Not to be a jerk, but you need a 64-bit OS if you want to use more than 4 gigs of ram.
marvinmatthew;3983290Not to be a jerk, but you need a 64-bit OS if you want to use more than 4 gigs of ram.
I think you meant to emphasize 4GB ;)
It's actually closer to 3.8GB IIRC, due to the way memoryspace is allocated but... yeah, I obviously wasn't paying enough attention when I typed that.