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Babeman

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#1 10 years ago

I was wondering if upgrading from 2gb's of ram to 3gb's of ram would make a difference in games and overall computer performance, I have windows vista, intel core 2 duo 2.16ghz, and a 7950GTX 512mb. Thanks in advance!




kow_ciller

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#2 10 years ago

Not that you would notice. If you're going to add extra ram go ahead and buy 4gb since its so cheap right now. If you go to 3gb you'll loose dual-channel and actually loose speed with more ram.




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#3 10 years ago

Yea I was thinking of doing that, would I notice a difference in games with 4gbs? I know ill have to go to 64bit with more ram but im willing.




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#4 10 years ago

I'm with kow on this one. Get 4GB, the performance boost is much more notable. You also might want to consider overclocking your processor. It's been working for me quite well, and I have a similar setup; Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz which I have overclocked to 2.7, 4GB RAM, and an 8800GT 512MB. Outperforms the hell out of the original 2.2GHz with the 2GB of RAM before I upgraded.




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#5 10 years ago

Ehh Zamamee I wish I could, it's a laptop. The XPS M1710, mine didnt come with overclocking support in the bios, any way you can do it software based?




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#6 10 years ago

You can do it with software but I suggest you not overclock a laptop due to heat reasons.

Zamamee- which motherboard do you have? Im pretty sure you can take that CPU to 3.2ghz or so.




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#7 10 years ago
Babeman;4766138Ehh Zamamee I wish I could, it's a laptop. The XPS M1710, mine didnt come with overclocking support in the bios, any way you can do it software based?[/quote] Ah, I see. Yeah, there are ways around that, but it would present a much higher risk of fatal overheating. [quote=kow_ciller;4766143]Zamamee- which motherboard do you have? Im pretty sure you can take that CPU to 3.2ghz or so.

I know, the E2200 has excellent overclocking thresholds, but my motherboard has very limited overclocking capability, and it's one of the first things I'm going to change in my next build. It only allows adjustment of the FSB speed, not the multiplier or any voltages. I can push it to 2.7, but anything beyond that and it fails to boot and I have to reset the motherboard battery. Besides, on stock cooling, I probably wouldn't want to take it much further than this anyway lest I damage anything.




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#8 10 years ago

You can buy the XPS M1710 with overclocking support but it costs another $100 for just a different bios, theres nothing new in it or anything, just overclocking support. Im going to go get 4gbs today, and I'll tell you guys how big the improvement is.




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#9 10 years ago

If thats the case, see where you can find the better bios. Im sure someone has it hosted somewhere




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#10 10 years ago

Apparently the bios with overclocking support is A03 when I have A06, ill look around for it.




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