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What is more important when buying PC? RAM or CPU?

by sujanpatel / January 5, 2013 1:19 AM PST

What is more important for faster PC, RAM or CPU? I run a lot of applications at the same time and I would love to have a computer that runs smoothly without freezing. For this kind of use, is it good to have Intel i3 and 16 GB Ram or i7 and 4 to 8 GB RAM, both having SSD? What is more important for faster running PC?

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How about an I5 with 8 GB RAM
by wpgwpg / January 5, 2013 1:32 AM PST

I personally have an I5-2430 CPU with 8 GB of RAM. I run with 22 web sites, my Windows Live Mail, and Spider Solitaire, Wordpad, and occasionally Word and Windows Explorer open and am currently using only 49% of my RAM. It depends on what you're using the computer for though; video editing and complex games can take a lot more resource. I never have a slowdown since I upgraded from 4 to 8 GB, but I don't do video editing or play games more complex than spider solitaire. If you have too little RAM, you'll REALLY see slowdowns, but a too slow CPU can be a pain too. I rarely see my CPU get over 40% busy, but there are occasional spikes into the 80s and 90s.

Good luck.

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It depends....but don't be confused by open APPs and APPs
by VAPCMD / January 5, 2013 5:37 AM PST

that are actually computing something APPs that do queries, compile, video editing, etc.

For example....if want to use your PC for gaming need a high-performance GPU. A system with a great CPU and 16GBs RAM won't run games like most gamers want without a decent GPU to go with it.


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