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Better CPU versus more RAM??

by huskervol / January 19, 2007 11:10 AM PST

Which is more important in a new system, a combo of a Core 2 Duo 6300 with 2 Gig of RAM OR a Core 2 Duo 6600 and just 1 Gig of RAM.

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Can you be more specific ...doing what ?
by VAPCMD / January 19, 2007 11:18 AM PST

Playing games, compiling software, creating video, etc., ???


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by huskervol / January 19, 2007 11:23 AM PST

Primarily games, I have already decided on a GeForce 8800 GTS. I realize with this much money I should just get both the 6600 and the 2 gig of RAM but doing both is another 200 bucks.


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(NT) Get both if possible...if not get the 2GB RAM
by VAPCMD / January 19, 2007 11:28 AM PST
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(NT) Thanks
by huskervol / January 19, 2007 11:33 AM PST
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by Willy / January 19, 2007 11:56 AM PST

Buy the best cpu and a practical amount of ram. You can usually add ram later and even replace the cpu, but adding ram is such an easier task. Buy the ram in the biggest modules possible. If you can swing it, buy two ram modules of the largest installable as they'll be a better matched set.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Don't think the E6600 will overpower the E6300 as it
by VAPCMD / January 19, 2007 11:04 PM PST
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pertains to games when offset by an extra 1GB RAM. The extra RAM will really help in some games now perhaps more later. Notwithstanding a little overclocking could easily offset that.

Re RAM...much better to get all the RAM you're going to get at the beginning. Otherwise folks will get 2-512MB DIMMs and then later have to add 2-512MB DIMMs later. Don't know how this works with DDR2 and the newer chipsets but some of the AMD systems reduced the FSB when going from 2 DIMMs to 4 DIMMs say from 400MHz to 333MHz. With 2-1GB DIMMs ... that's not a problem and you take advantage of the dual-channel memory architecture. If you started the system with 1GB DIMM...then you'd reduce the memory bandwith. I avoid using unmatched DIMMs wherever possible.

As suggested...both the E6600 CPU and 2GB RAM are the first choice but if not in the budget...I'd get the E6300 and the 2GB RAM. The E6300 is highly overclockable if one chooses that approach to generate more speed.


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Get the better CPU
by linkit / January 19, 2007 2:24 PM PST

Get the better CPU (E6600). Add more RAM later if the need arises.

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Vista is recommending
by william551 / January 20, 2007 1:11 AM PST

2 gigs or ram anyway.

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Agree...2GBs RAM for high-end games and
by VAPCMD / January 20, 2007 3:25 AM PST
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whatever else (Vista) is around the corner.

After seeing all the problems folks encounter trying to go from 1GB (using 2-512MBs) to 2GB (using 4-512MBs), no way I want to go thru that goat rope.


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