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#1 12 years ago

Just a quick question before I decide on my new computer ; What's more important in terms of gaming performance, the processor or how much RAM you have? My limit to spend is £450, and without going over that amount I can have either a Pentium 4 with 512 ram, or a celeron d with 1024 ram. Whats the best choice?




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#2 12 years ago

Both.

With a good RAM and bad processor, one will 'unbalance' the other, thus causing lots of lack of optimum capability.

And, vice versa, with the same result.




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#3 12 years ago

aaah, crap. How about if you were in my situation? becuase there is no way I can afford both.




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#4 12 years ago

I should go for a better processor because you can always buy extra ram :)




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#5 12 years ago

[COLOR=black]The best CPU should be your priority. You can pick up extra ram later.[/COLOR] [COLOR=black] [/COLOR]




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#6 12 years ago
LaNc3I should go for a better processor because you can always buy extra ram :)

By the same logic you could always upgrade your CPU later, since P4s and Celerons share the same basic architecture and form factor. I'd say go for whichever is cheapest and then upgrade the low-performance component when you can afford to do so.




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#7 12 years ago

OK, thanks all.




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#8 12 years ago

I would say the processor.

To be completely honest, I would say, save your money instead of spending it on below average performing parts. Neither will cut it these days as far as gaming is concerned.




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#9 12 years ago

If you were using the computer I'm currently using, you'd understand. ANYTHING is better than this. By anything, I mean the Dell Dimension 5150, which I have chosen for my mext computer. I'll upgrade the RAM later on.




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#10 12 years ago

RAM.

The Celery isn't anything to write home about, but between those two options, increasing the RAM will have a larger impact on performance in most tasks than the CPU. The only exception here is if you're looking at an S478 platform, in which can I wouldn't recommend either.




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