I am planning to upgrade my CPU and motherboard.
CPU : AMD ATHLON II X4 630
Motherboard : Confused
Already have a 9800 Gt Geforce 1GB graphic card. I am also running Windows XP 32 bit.
500 W PSU in place too
Now, i have read and come to the conclusion that the RAM speed will not drastically affect gaming speeds. But would still like to confirm before buying
I have 2 GB DDR2 RAM
(1 GB 667 MHz, 2x 512 MB 533 MHz)
Now, my question is : will this RAM be enough for decent gaming on 1600x900 resolution using the CPU + GPU config mentioned above (mind u, GPU has 1 GB RAM of its own ).
The thing is, i would like to put off spending a lot on the RAM since this will be a config which i intend to keep for only 2 years. Also, if at all i need an upgrade, i would like to stick to DDR2 since there's not much of a performance difference and i would like to save up a bit by buying a mobo that supports DDR2 instead of DDR3.
So guys, shall i upgrade my RAM to 800 MHZ ?
And regardless of this, could u please suggest a motherboard ( costing under $ 100) ??
I'll be really grateful for any help u can provide
Thanx in advance
RAM speeds may not be that much of an bottleneck but the amount surely is.. Games nowadays are generally coming with min requirement being 2gigs of ram wherein 4gigs is recommended.. For a build to last atleast a couple of years, you should definitely upgrade to 4 gigs of ram..
Thanx guys.. might go for 4 GB RAM as u said ..
That brings another question to my mind
So can i keep my current RAM and buy 2 GB of 800 MHz RAM ?? I know saint said 4 GB of 800 MHz .. but would still like to save up on those 50 odd dollars .. but then i'll have 1GB 533 MHZ, 1 GB 667 MHz and 2 GB 800 MHz .. but will it cause the other sticks to operate on a low frequency since my slowest memory is 533 MHz ??