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Whats more important to get? CPU or MEMORY

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September 11, 2008 11:49:22 PM

Okay these are my specs:

ASUS A8N-SLI premium mobo

AMD64 3800+ @ 2.4MHz
1Gb of Corsair XMS PC4400

OCZ 600w PSU

XFX 9600gt XXX Alfa Dog edition

2 HDD's (30 and 60)

Windows XP PRO x64 bit

And my question is, Whats more important in a gaming computer, A better CPU or more memory?

I'm sooner or later going to buy both but im on a budget now and wonder what i should buy first, they are both around the same cost.


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September 12, 2008 12:04:16 AM

Same link twice, please post the memory link.
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September 12, 2008 12:10:50 AM

Imo, you are wasting money if you continue to upgrade that. DDR is dead. DDR2 will be dying soon...

If you plan to upgrade the CPU + motherboard (or rebuild) soon don't get the RAM.
September 12, 2008 12:13:12 AM

I would have to say the RAM would be best, but first make sure your board supports dual channel, some of the older ones didn't.
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September 12, 2008 12:47:24 AM

That's tough. If you had a dual-core CPU, I'd say getting more RAM is a no-brainer. You don't though, so I'm inclined to think a dual-core CPU will do more for you. Consider Shadow's point as well; money spent on DDR RAM is pretty much wasted. When you upgrade again later, perhaps soon, you can't realistically expect to re-use it.
Consider the requirements of the specific games and applications you run. Either upgrade can make a difference. In your place, I'd choose the CPU. Buying my first dual-core CPU was eye-opening.
September 12, 2008 12:51:06 AM

hmmm cpu or ram, idk. i was thinking about CPU more, but idk.

And i know that ddr is going dead, but now i dont have a job, so i dont have money. but sooner or later i will and ill buy myself a whole new computer when i get $.

I also want better performance on games, so im thinking a better CPU should do it.

I'm already playing CoD4 on MAX settings with my resolution on 1280x1024. It doesn't lag but it feels ALITTLE slow sometimes with everything going on.
September 12, 2008 1:33:50 AM

Add memory if the games are using up what is available and causing the swapfile to get used during the game. Otherwise, get a CPU.

I'm already playing CoD4 on MAX settings with my resolution on 1280x1024. It doesn't lag but it feels ALITTLE slow sometimes with everything going on.

That sounds like a CPU and/or GPU issue. :p 
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September 12, 2008 1:44:03 AM

That's a socket 939 motherboard.It's an antique not worthy of an upgrade.
September 12, 2008 1:58:25 AM

andrewc said:
i dont have a job, so i dont have money. but sooner .... I also want better performance on games,

Then save your $. Your system is two steps above a dead horse. An off the shelf $300 Circuit City Special is more powerful than what you could make your system achieve.

Save your $. And when you have enough $ to spend on a new system, the upgrade the Mother Board, CPU, RAM and Graphics card.

In the mean time, cut the background stuff running on your computer to free up the RAM and CPU to better perform. Won't be a huge increase, but it might be enough to last you till your $ position improves.

Sorry if I am a bit harsh, but I read the no job, no money and realized you are flogging your dying horse in hopes of creating a race horse. Save your $ and spend it wiser... next week , month or year.
September 12, 2008 3:53:26 AM

LMAO, hate to break it to you but that CPU wont fit in your motherboard. Unless you upgrade, RAM is the only thing you can do.
September 12, 2008 4:54:03 AM

I have to agree with the others: there's no viable upgrade path for you.

A new CPU is out of the question. Your board is Socket 939. The CPU you chose is Socket AM2 - no match. Finding new Socket 939 CPUs that would improve over your 2.4 Ghz is like mission impossible. You'd have to turn to ebay. Socket 939 are prohibitively expensive, even used ones. You'd be better off buying a new AM2 board + CPU and selling what you have.

More RAM would be an option. I wouldn't buy a Dual Channel kit, way too expensive. You already have 1 gig, so just get another 1 gig stick. You won't need more than 2 gig for games. But buying DDR memory now is a waste of money, since any AM2(+) mainboard you'll end up buying sooner or later won't support it.
September 12, 2008 5:58:08 AM

Possessing a system that once had similar specs as yours I must say upping to 2GB of RAM did diddly squat for me. Finding a s939 dual core is impossible these days at reasonable prices, good luck if you plan to go that route.

So basically save you money and get a new system.
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September 12, 2008 6:20:01 AM

I still have a couple of 939 systems I still use. True, A dual core would do you some good, what you have isn't exactly "dead" either. The best upgrade imo is to put more ram on that board. It'll help more than you think.

And ddr2 isn't dead either. Some of these guys think you have to have the newest or the best........ or even things that haven't been invented yet.

Do the memory upgrade, save some money and in 18 or 24 months when a truly affordable ( complete ) system upgrade comes your way, jump on it.
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September 12, 2008 8:20:31 AM

When I was looking for DDR memory about a year ago, the price was ridiculous! cost nearly twice what DDR2 did!

I think a new board is in order here, sorry!
September 12, 2008 9:01:47 AM

If I were you I would just wait. The games will still be there to play later on. I know you want to play newer stuff with better game play and graphics, but you gotta do what you gotta do sometimes.. Unfortunately.
September 12, 2008 1:07:57 PM

I find DDR memory, although expensive, justifiable. Of course I also pass my old systems off to family and have several PCs that can use the older modules :p 
September 12, 2008 9:14:14 PM

Ok, so if i'll have to upgrade to a new mobo, memory, and cpu, what would you recommend me?

sort of want it to be good for gaming for games like CoD4.

And also keep it on a reasonable price, no top of the line material since its expensive.

I should be able to keep my PSU, GPU, Case, OS, and HDD's.
September 13, 2008 4:52:43 AM

My opinion is neither. A good HDD upgrade usually boosts performance more than a CPU or RAM. If you are having stuttering issues, you might want to consider RAM. Since you have XP, the MAX I recommend is 2GB. (By performance, I don't mean all programs, but generally speaking, most people have fairly crap HDDs in their system, the biggest reason why they have slow boot times, slow application load times, and most importantly slow work throughput times.)

All of that considered, if you are thinking of an upgrade, you will need more than just either a CPU or RAM.
September 13, 2008 5:34:00 AM

Well ya my upgrade im deciding to do is the post on top of yours...
September 13, 2008 12:52:06 PM

60 dollars for 2gb memory is not that big of an investement, however, u could get a a mother board,cpu, and 2gigs of memeory for about 60 to 80 dollars more. I would save the extra money so your not kicking yourself for not being patient.