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Need help choosing which CPU to use

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August 18, 2010 1:53:26 AM

Hi everyone.
I have 3 computers I can use, all rather similar ( I think.. ).
The motherboards are as follows:

Computer 1] Gigabyte GA-8VM800PMD-775-RH (Brand New) Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.06GHz
Computer 2] Gigabyte GA-MS1GM-52G (Old) AMD Athlon™ 64 Processor 3500+, MMX, 3DNow, ~2.2GHz
Computer 3] Gigabyte GA-K8NS1GMF-9 (Old) Dont know what the processor is but I think it's the same as Computer 2

Between the 3, I have 4 Patriot PSD1G400K 512 Sticks of RAM, 2 Kingston KVRS33D2N4/512's, and a Corsair VS1GB533D2.

What's the best combination of things to use? I was thinking about using Computer 1, but then I can only max out at 1.5gb RAM, because there are only 2 slots on the motherboard.

Thanks a ton in advance!

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August 18, 2010 2:02:42 AM

I too say #1 is your best bet.
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August 18, 2010 2:21:28 AM

I agree with asus x48 that Computer 1 is your best bet.

Or you can look to sell all three PC's and build new (if that could be an option). You could sell all three for about $150 each and build a more powerful system for $450 or so.
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August 18, 2010 2:51:59 AM

Ehh selling isn't that much of an option. Any idea which 2 RAM sticks I should use?
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August 18, 2010 3:05:24 AM

I would say the Corsair 1GB stick and call it a day & look for the same model and everything to add for a 2GB setup. You could run the Corsair and a Kingston stick for 1.5GB but you have to make sure timings, voltage, speeds all match to decrease possible BSOD or even a no boot.
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August 18, 2010 3:09:27 AM

I would go for #2, Athlon 64 CPUs are MUCH more efficient than P4 and should beat one by quite a margin.

How much RAM can you put in that board?
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August 18, 2010 3:43:26 AM

2.5 GB
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August 18, 2010 3:52:43 AM

Then go for hat, RAM is pretty essential and youll get much better performance from this combo.
Though I would consider using all 4 sticks of the patriot so you have a matching dual channel
setup.
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August 18, 2010 4:28:13 AM

Alright, I'll see how it goes. Thanks to everyone for the opinions
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