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Posted 07 November 2009 - 03:48 AM
Posted 07 November 2009 - 02:16 PM
1) I don't have much experience with RAM timings, but I think the performance difference would be noticable. This computer I'm using has DDR2 800 and my laptop has DDR2 667. The performance difference is huge, though that may partially have to do with other things such as the processor and additional RAM.
1) I found a website that mentioned the max on RAM on this motherboard is 4GB, @ PC2-6400 DDR2-800Hz. Question: on a system like this, how much of a difference is there between a 2X2GB DDR2-533 MHz/PC2-4200 vs. a 2X2GB 800MHz/PC2-6400, as far as video and/or photo editing speeds are concerned???
I've seen some good deals for the lower 533/4200, almost at half the price, but would the speed/performance be that noticeable??
2) wrt Video Card : If I want to add a separate video card, how do i know what is compatible, including the memory size (like will it support a 1GB video card)?? is PCI better or ePCI for this processor--any ideas?? or is a 512 enough?? also, IF i do add a video card, do I need to also add/upgrade the fans on the computer, or add a separate fan for the video card???
I'm hoping to spend less than $200 max on this, more like $150 (with a used 512 video card, and used 4GB RAM from Craigslist, it might be possible)...otherwise, I could spend 399+tax and get an new Acer dual core, or as I just saw today, 599 and get a quad with 8GB (both at future shop)...and I just would rather save up till next spring/summer, and get a nice i-7 920 or similar system, which are already at around $1100 CDN right now.
Lastly, If you know of any deals on RAM and/or Vid Card (compatible with above comp) in CANADA, please let me know.
Thanks in advance for any input you guys/gals can offer with this.
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