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January 1, 2011 1:38:37 AM

i know with 6gb hd,s 2gb is used to run system. what about 8gb is the other 2gb used? when would you need 8gb?
also when would you need 1gb graphics card over a 512 mb
my processor will be i5-560 2.66ghz boost to 3.2ghz

i have choice of 512 card and 6gb mem or (1gb card and 8gb memory) for $90 more is it worth the money?
i,m not a big gamer but i like speed going from site to site. if the memory and graphice card will substatially increase
my spend then ie woud be worth it. one more thing whats the advantage of having a split hard drive like 320 x2 instead of 640gb

thanks
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January 1, 2011 2:33:14 AM

I'd recommend 6GB of memory, and 1GB of graphics memory. (and a 64 bit OS of course)
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January 1, 2011 3:15:26 AM

gulu said:
i know with 6gb hd,s 2gb is used to run system. what about 8gb is the other 2gb used? when would you need 8gb?
also when would you need 1gb graphics card over a 512 mb
my processor will be i5-560 2.66ghz boost to 3.2ghz

i have choice of 512 card and 6gb mem or (1gb card and 8gb memory) for $90 more is it worth the money?
i,m not a big gamer but i like speed going from site to site. if the memory and graphice card will substatially increase
my spend then ie woud be worth it. one more thing whats the advantage of having a split hard drive like 320 x2 instead of 640gb

thanks


1) For a i5-560, you do not need a discrete graphics card if you use a motherboard with a H55 or H57 chipset

2) You do not need a discrete graphics card if you are not playing demanding games. Something like civ2 is fine.

3) Graphics ram is not an important metric of graphics performance.

4) If you are not a big multitasker, then 4gb is fine. Considering that ram is so cheap, I like 8gb and windows-7 64 bit. The extra ram is used to keep apps in ram in anticipation of reuse.

5) The biggest performance enhancer for your $ is a SSD. Spend about $125 for a 64gb unit for the os and apps. If you need more storage, get a second conventional hard drive.

6) I see little value in two small drives vs one larger drive. A single drive is easier to manage. A larger drive will be less expensive per gb, and will perform better. Do not buy into the raid-0 hype. It is not worth it.

7) Next week will see the launch of sandy bridge. I would plan on that. They will include graphics capability about the equivalent of a $50 discrete graphics card. Read about it here:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/3871
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January 1, 2011 5:41:23 AM

the memory gb come with the system graphics: 512 is all i need 1gb would be over kill? (but if it speeds up going from site to site i would like it)
that sounds right
its that i have 2 systems in mind for same price

one offers 6gb free upgrade w/1gb graphics card the other 8gb w/ 512 graphics
i have to pick one of the upgrade for $50 to get the $400 dicount other wise i would just go with 6gb and 512 if i spend $50 more i get extra $250 off system
of the the two options i listed which would give more speed going from site to site SPEED i am more concerned with speed with everyday use!
thanks for your info
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January 1, 2011 5:49:53 AM

i have to spend $1250 to get $400 off the system is more than what i need. but since i have to spend on upgrade an extra $100 to get $400 off i just want to know the best way to spend it memory or graphics or i couold upgrade the processor to i7 and stay with 512 graphics and 6mb memory would the i7 run hotter or be better than the i5 560 and is it that much faster


thanks michael
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January 1, 2011 5:52:33 AM

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January 1, 2011 6:04:39 AM

thanks i think that wht i will do my other option is 15 560 or 17 720qm the i5 has 3mb cache the i7 has 6mb cache
the if has more ghz one thing i have no knowlege about is how the 3mb cache vs 6mb cache is to i5 and i7

is i5 vs i7 ghz vs the 3mb cache vs 6mb cache
the i5 has more ghz but the i7 has more cashe which one gives more speed? going from site to site page to page with normal graphics not gaming

thanks michael
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January 1, 2011 2:43:46 PM

It sounds like you are being offered a choice of two pre built PC's.

List what is included in each, and the price.

For what it is worth, I suspect that a vendor is trying to take advantage of your ignorance. Let us help you.
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