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Should I upgrade my ram

I have 4 1gb 1066mhz I believe of ram, and I'm thinking of upgrading it. The reason i'm considering is because recently, while playing Minecraft and skype calling, minecraft would completely freeze up and the CPU usage would be at like 100%. Normally it is at like 40%. I think upgrading to 8gb of ram would give my computer a lot more breathing space when playing games, I also just bought an ssd, would that help? But I think I will still upgrade ram. I've tested my computer on crucial and it has the ram that is right for my motherboard.
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  1. What cpu do you, have Minecraft is java based and only use CPU/RAM, no GPU and the actual minecraft.exe file is less than 1mb so a SSD would not improve anything for this game

    Minecraft is really cpu intensive, make sure you have the power to play that full screen, with full detail

    I can experience some lag myself when doing a lot of stuff, however it's not CPU limited, it's more bandwith limited and i have a pretty high-end machine...

    Maybe you're using all the bandwith with skype and that's why minecraft lags (but 100% cpu usage show a little problem...)
  2. If your CPU reaches 100%, then the problem is probably your CPU rather than your RAM. 4GB of RAM is far enough for Minecraft + Skype.
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    8GB would be an improvement, if the mobo will take it - in a 2x4GB would be best - will need a 64bit OS if you don't already have one, depending on your CPU, may want to OC also - would help to know the CPU and mobo
  4. Tradesman1 said:
    8GB would be an improvement, if the mobo will take it - in a 2x4GB would be best - will need a 64bit OS if you don't already have one, depending on your CPU, may want to OC also - would help to know the CPU and mobo


    Thanks for the reply. My motherboard can only have 4 2gb sticks, cause its a dell and, well you understand. I was planing to get a new cpu and mother board around my birthday, which is around black friday, its just when I want to get a new mobo and cpu, I also want a new case, so by black firday I'll have a new case and mobo, so yes I will get one in the future.

    Is there any good cpu and motherboards that I should look out for. I really like msi bios from videos, so I would really like an msi, but gigabyte and asus are also good too. I also have a Geforce gt 630, so I dont have to worry about intergrated graphics and such
  5. spawnkiller said:
    What cpu do you, have Minecraft is java based and only use CPU/RAM, no GPU and the actual minecraft.exe file is less than 1mb so a SSD would not improve anything for this game

    Minecraft is really cpu intensive, make sure you have the power to play that full screen, with full detail

    I can experience some lag myself when doing a lot of stuff, however it's not CPU limited, it's more bandwith limited and i have a pretty high-end machine...

    Maybe you're using all the bandwith with skype and that's why minecraft lags (but 100% cpu usage show a little problem...)


    Yea, I have going to upgrade cpu and mobo, its just cheaper with upgrading ram, atleast thats what I think.
  6. I'll also be upgrade from 1066 MHz to 1333 MHz
  7. If it's possible for your motherboard, you might as well just go for 1600 MHz. 1600 MHz for RAM is the nice spot right now. Higher than that doesn't give that much more performances, and it does give enough to make you want it instead of 1333.
  8. Seladon-1370374 said:
    If it's possible for your motherboard, you might as well just go for 1600 MHz. 1600 MHz for RAM is the nice spot right now. Higher than that doesn't give that much more performances, and it does give enough to make you want it instead of 1333.


    I'd love to have 1600, but I've checked the specs, and it says max is 1333. I could possibly handle it, I just dont want to risk it.
  9. Also could you please tell us what CPU you have ? Might help a bit fixing your issue.
  10. Seladon-1370374 said:
    Also could you please tell us what CPU you have ? Might help a bit fixing your issue.


    AMD Athlon II x2 250
  11. Your bottleneck is clearly on your CPU, not on your RAM, as I first said. I built a PC for my sister using an a6-5400k and 4 GB of RAM, and she's playing minecraft with some other things opened just fine. It's just that your CPU is about 50% worse that the a6-5400k. Before thinking about getting your RAM up, I would recommend you switching your motherboard and CPU, and then maybe after take a look at the RAM. Of course, switching CPU+Mobo will cost you more (a bit more, or a lot more, depending on what you're looking at), but THAT will really fix your problem.
  12. Seladon-1370374 said:
    Your bottleneck is clearly on your CPU, not on your RAM, as I first said. I built a PC for my sister using an a6-5400k and 4 GB of RAM, and she's playing minecraft with some other things opened just fine. It's just that your CPU is about 50% worse that the a6-5400k. Before thinking about getting your RAM up, I would recommend you switching your motherboard and CPU, and then maybe after take a look at the RAM. Of course, switching CPU+Mobo will cost you more (a bit more, or a lot more, depending on what you're looking at), but THAT will really fix your problem.


    Thanks for your help, is there any cpu and mobo you recommend
  13. Possibly upgrading to a 270?
  14. or a AMD Phenom II X2 550
  15. I actually really like the CPU that I chose for my sister, so I'm just going to recommend you the earlier version of it.
    a6-6400k :

    http://us.ncix.com/products/?usaffiliateid=1000031504&sku=83857&vpn=AD640KOKHLBOX&manufacture=AMD&promoid=1083
    Motherboard (MSI FM2-A55M-E33) : http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009HP42J4/?tag=pcpapi-20

    It gets to a total of about 115$. Of course it is like twice as much as you would have paid for RAM, but as RAM isn't really your problem...
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