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Do I upgrade from 4GB DDR3 -> 6GB DDR3 or ATI Radeon HD4350

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May 15, 2013 12:36:37 AM

Other than buying a new computer in the near future, I decided to slowly upgrade my current build.

Assuming the RAM and Video Card would be the best performance improving upgrades to start with. First do I replace/upgrade RAM or new Video Card. The programs that I normally have running are listed below with my build specs.

Current Rig:

CORSAIR GS600 600W PSU
AMD Phenom II X4 910
ATI Radeon HD 4350 Upgrade to HD 6450 2GB 64-bit or HD 6570 1GB 128-bit, maybe??
4GB DDR3 RAM (2 x 2GB) Upgrade to 1x2GB 1x4GB for 6GB from 4GB
Western Digital WD Green WD10EADS 1TB 32MB Cache

BioStar TA785G3
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Model
Brand
BIOSTAR
Model
TA785G3

Supported CPU
CPU Socket Type
AM3
CPU Type
AMD Phenom II X4 Processor
AMD Phenom II X3 Processor
AMD Phenom II X2 Processor
AMD Athlon II X2 Processor
Maximum CPU TDP (Thermal Design Power) : 125Watt
FSB
2600MHz Hyper Transport (5200 MT/s)

Chipsets
North Bridge
AMD 785G
South Bridge
AMD SB710

Memory
Number of Memory Slots
2×240pin
Memory Standard
DDR3 800/1066/1333/1600(OC)
Maximum Memory Supported
8GB
Channel Supported
Dual Channel

Expansion Slots
PCI Express 2.0 x16
1
PCI Slots
2

Storage Devices
PATA
1 x ATA133 2 Dev. Max
SATA 3Gb/s
4
SATA RAID
0/1/10

Onboard Video
Onboard Video Chipset
ATI Radeon HD 4200

Onboard Audio
Audio Chipset
Realtek ALC662
Audio Channels
6 Channels

Onboard LAN
LAN Chipset
Realtek 8111DL
Max LAN Speed
10/100/1000Mbps

Rear Panel Ports
PS/2
2
Video Ports
D-Sub + DVI
USB 1.1/2.0
4 x USB 2.0
Audio Ports
3 Ports

Internal I/O Connectors
Onboard USB
4 x USB 2.0

Physical Spec
Form Factor
Micro ATX
Dimensions
9.6" x 8.23"
Power Pin
24 Pin

Packaging




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System Manufacturer: BIOSTAR Group
System Model: TA785G3
BIOS: Default System BIOS
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 910 Processor (4 CPUs), ~2.6GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 4096MB RAM
Page File: 3461MB used, 4727MB

Display Memory: 2296 MB
Dedicated Memory: 505 MB
Shared Memory: 1791 MB
Current Mode: 1920 x 1080 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor
Monitor Model: unknown
Monitor Id: HSD64DE
Native Mode: 1920 x 1080(p) (60.000Hz)
Output Type: DVI




Programs normally open/running

PokerStars.com
Holdemmanager 2 + PostgreSQL (Resource Hogs, and over time the database grows)
Chrome 2-7 Tabs
Windows Media Player
May 15, 2013 1:22:41 AM

I would do the RAM, especially if you are working on databases. For a huge system boost put your OS on an SSD drive, will be like a new PC along with the RAM upgrade :) 
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May 15, 2013 1:28:16 AM

Alex Jarvis said:
I would do the RAM, especially if you are working on databases. For a huge system boost put your OS on an SSD drive, will be like a new PC along with the RAM upgrade :) 


Thx for getting back to my thread. Do you think putting +2GB RAM more would be effective than going with an SSD.
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May 15, 2013 1:38:52 AM

If it was me, and games were not a priority but performance and databases were more important I would do the following.

All new shiny ram, matched pairs are a good thing - http://www.ebuyer.com/311813-crucial-8gb-ddr3-1600mhz-b... £52

Then an SSD for the Operating System, something like http://www.ebuyer.com/410473-samsung-128gb-840-pro-seri... £110

I would then jam my databases on a RAID0 setup for max performance, (RAID0, if a drive dies the RAID array dies too so make sure you have a backup!) 2 of these at £50 each - http://www.ebuyer.com/319639-seagate-1tb-barracuda-inte...

Your graphics card doesnt really matter from the games you listed and will have no relation to DB performance. Ebay your old RAM etc :) 
The added bonus of this is it can all go in a new system you may build in the future :) 
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