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Upgrade: RAM or CPU?


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#1 MCPx

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Posted 23 September 2010 - 05:13 AM

I'm deciding on whether to upgrade my CPU or my RAM, but not sure which. Which will give me the biggest performance boost in games?

I have:
1GB 800mhz DDR2 x2 RAM
AMD Athlon 4600+ Dual-Core 2.4ghz CPU
NVidia GeForce 9800GTX+ Graphics card
XFX 8300 motherboard
Running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

I want to upgrade either my ram to 2GB x 2 DDR2 1066 Memory or my CPU to an AMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core 965 - Black Edition CPU - 3.4Ghz Socket AM3. Which would be a better choice?

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Posted 23 September 2010 - 06:25 AM

Looks like it's upgrade your RAM. I don't see the sense of hobbling any performance CPU with 2GB of RAM.

But in any case, the maximum spec for the board is AM2+ CPUs up to 95W. The 965 is an AM3 125W thermal spec.

http://xfxforce.com/en-us/products/motherb...eries/8300.aspx

Here is someone selling one because it can't run that CPU:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/XFX-GeForce-8300-Mot...2-/270635408995

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Posted 23 September 2010 - 06:46 AM

Windows 7/64 needs more ram. By my memory I think Microsoft recommends at least 2 gigs of ram. Putting more ram in will give you a big boost for your bucks. If you get a new M/B with only 1 gig of ram you will still be very slow.

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Posted 23 September 2010 - 10:24 AM

Thanks for the replies :thumbsup: . In that case I'll upgrade my RAM and save up to buy a new m/b and CPU later




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