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$100 upgrade... tough choice?

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February 21, 2006 6:32:07 PM

First, specs:
3 GHz P4 478 pin, ID: 00000F29 BFEBFBFF
2x512MB PC3200
Geforce 7800 GS
Asus P4C800E-D

I have $100 and I can either:

=> buy another 1GB of ram or

=> upgrade my processor ($300?) and sell my old one (+$200?)

What would be the best decision? Is it right to assume I could get $200 for the processor on ebay?

Thanks for any help I'm stumped.

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February 21, 2006 6:50:47 PM

What do you use the computer for the most? That will largely affect what you should do. Seeing as you only have 1 GB of RAM right now, that might be the best way to go, so that way you won't need to worry about doing all that stuff with your CPU.

But you should say what you use the computer for before anyone gives any decent reccomendations.
February 21, 2006 6:54:23 PM

Wait and put more money into it after saving more.
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February 21, 2006 8:18:18 PM

agreed. your not gonna get much more performance, but if i had to choose id say the cpu could be better cause its probably bottlenecking the 7800GS.
February 21, 2006 8:42:44 PM

never said it was bad, but im sure its bottlenecking his gpu as i said he wouldnt get much of a performance gain. but like he said if he sold his cpu he could get a better one.
February 21, 2006 8:49:37 PM

depends what game you play, when i switched out my 2500(3200) for a 320064(4000) i got a nice fps gain in hl2 as it is very cpu intensive.
February 21, 2006 9:06:50 PM

Good advice all around... the reason I'm considering upgrading is to play OBLIVION better And the ram might help with the constant loading... but I play a lot of hl2 also. Of course, I could just save for later... but I'm bad at that.
February 21, 2006 9:25:05 PM

yeah id say save up for a new cpu and another gig of ram, and then when oblivion lost comes out youll be set.
February 21, 2006 9:27:31 PM

oh oops didn't realize there's 2 oblivions... i mean the elder scrolls one :D 
February 21, 2006 9:51:03 PM

yeah i figured as stalker has very low requirements.
March 3, 2006 8:30:58 AM

depends what game you play, when i switched out my 2500(3200) for a 320064(4000) i got a nice fps gain in hl2 as it is very cpu intensive.

Still, it's not bottlenecking the card. It's the game itself that makes too much use of the CPU that's all. Lowering the resolution and enbling more IQ settings would tax the card better, thus taking the burdain off the CPU.
March 3, 2006 8:49:02 AM

Forget the cpu, get RAM :) 
March 3, 2006 10:03:30 AM

Oblivion looks impressive, but I'll bet you its going to be a resource hog graphically. I doubt a 3 ghz processor is bottlenecking that card much if at all, IMO the 7800 GS is basically a PCIe card thats been gutted and thrown into an AGP package anyway. I'd save your money and wait until you can afford new components , but that seems to be a common response on this forum. If you're going to spend the money now I think you'd get the most benefit from adding more ram. Windows will like you a little more and games like bf2 will benefit from it.