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RAM Problem or the Very low end Specs of the PC

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September 28, 2013 9:50:54 AM

I have a friend whose pc hangs or lags with a 1gb ddr3 Ram even they don't do multitasking like skype and google chrome or games alone. On the other hand my laptop has 1.5gb ddr2 ram usually i do multitasking like google chrome and games and music and it rarely hangs or lags, it only hangs or lags if i fastly changing apps or alt tab and alt tab.
Laptop Specs(not accurate):
intel 1.8ghz 2cores, intel gma 945 and 1.5gb - asus laptop and i believe it is 5yrs old or more
Their PC Specs(not accurate):
amd integrated 2.1ghz 1core, integrated GPU(nvidia) and an Nvidia mobo - i forgot the whole specs but it is an nvidia mobo that has integrated gpu and cpu.

we both have 80gb hdd.
Here's the story:
My laptop rarely hangs or lags after i formatted it maybe 4-6 months ago and it just hangs and lags often especially at start-up last month and then i reformatted it again and everything is ok until now.
My friend decided to reformat their pc and it still hangs and lags badly that they could go to CR for few minutes and still lags after they came back from CR. Unlike mine that everything was fine after i reformatted it.

So my questions are:
Is adding a 2gb ram so it will become 3gb will help or prevent the lags and hangs?
Or Do they need to upgrade their PC or change the mobo,cpu and ram?is it because of their very low end specs that makes the pc hangs and lags?

Thank you for those who could give me or them an advise.

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September 28, 2013 1:35:34 PM
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yes, its the old specs, upgrading RAM will help but that's just a temporary solution, it's time for a new build for both of you
September 29, 2013 6:57:04 AM

jinayhvora said:
yes, its the old specs, upgrading RAM will help but that's just a temporary solution, it's time for a new build for both of you


I'm fine with my laptop for now because i'm planning of having a pc maybe some months 4 now or next year. I guess i'll just tell my friend that changing the specs is very necessary to maintain a workable pc. hehe. Thanks
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September 29, 2013 7:29:51 AM

if he does decide on building new, do ask for help here
September 29, 2013 7:36:47 AM

jinayhvora said:
if he does decide on building new, do ask for help here


Well, they are on a budget and i'm thinking if they want to add a gpu i'll suggest them intel cel.g1610, 4gbRam, and asus or gigabyte mobo or if they're not, apu a4-3300,4gb 1600mhz ram, asus mobo. My friend son's wanted to play LOL i believe and Dota1 or warcraft3. And it could also play nba2k13/14 and fifa13/14 if they wanted to. hehe. thanks anyway
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September 29, 2013 7:40:46 AM

don't get a Celeron, get atleast an i3, what's the total budget u're looking at?
September 29, 2013 7:11:53 PM

jinayhvora said:
don't get a Celeron, get atleast an i3, what's the total budget u're looking at?


Well, if converted to dollars maybe $130. They do not like spending money for games although they do have an ipad3. haha. only his son likes to play games and i'm not planning changing the hdd and power supply. So i would like to change the mobo, cpu and ram. So having a high end type of cpu would be useless i believe if they only have 80gb hdd.
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September 30, 2013 5:04:31 AM

if he can afford an iPad 3 he can probably afford 400-500$ for a PC, that's what u require for an office PC or basic gaming, an 80GB HDD will be exhausted by only the OS and a few apps if u get Windows 7, plus its also old and slow, so better to get a new one, u can also look at SSDs, if u really don't require all the storage a 120GB SSD will be a very good idea
September 30, 2013 7:28:24 AM

jinayhvora said:
if he can afford an iPad 3 he can probably afford 400-500$ for a PC, that's what u require for an office PC or basic gaming, an 80GB HDD will be exhausted by only the OS and a few apps if u get Windows 7, plus its also old and slow, so better to get a new one, u can also look at SSDs, if u really don't require all the storage a 120GB SSD will be a very good idea


Yes, you are right that they could afford ipad3 they could also afford a more decent pc but still they do not want to specially right now i believe. Maybe they're on a budget really. My friend's son told me before that he wanted to ask for a gpu and i told him that having a gpu in their old pc specs is useless and i told him that it is better to buy a new system instead of buying a gpu right now. But still it is based on them if they wanted to spend changing their system. hehe. thanks for the reply again
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October 1, 2013 9:31:11 AM

yes, u're right, it would be useless to put a GPU in that system, so either leave it as is it or build a whole new one
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