Best bang for buck PC upgrade Tags: CPUs Last response: May 15, 2012 6:41 AM in CPUs Share fr0g May 12, 2012 4:08:15 PM Ok, I haven't really kept up with CPU advances in the last few years. My desktop PC is currently a socket 775 with Core2 Duo E8500 @3.16 GHz I have Windows 7 Ultimate and 4GB of DDR2 (PC2-6400) Will a memory upgrade to 8GB improve performance? That's cheap and simple. Or would I be better upgrading CPU (and motherboard) and memory? I wouldn't want to spend more than £300 (UK, so maybe $400 or so) or so on CPU and mainboard. My main use is Photoshop (currently CS4). More about : bang buck upgrade al360ex May 12, 2012 4:58:21 PM Hello ! Do you have a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows 7 ? If you have the 32-bit version, you cannot have more than 4GB of RAM. Also, I've checked and your CPU is 64-bit compatible. Good luck, al360ex fr0g May 13, 2012 8:32:30 AM Yes, I am running 64 bit Windows. My worry if I buy RAM now is I'll want to upgrade again soon and my memory will be useless as I'll need DDR3 Related resources Need best bang for the buck upgrade - Forum Building best gaming " bang for buck " PC at $1,000 - Forum Best bang for buck gpu and cpu upgrade ? - Forum Best Bang for Buck ? - Forum Best bang/buck over the long term GAMING PC - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer abekl a b à CPUs May 13, 2012 11:34:42 AM You're right on about the memory issue. If you're going to upgrade, do the memory, cpu, and motherboard at the same time. It's just more efficient that way overall. fr0g May 15, 2012 6:33:54 AM Yep. That's the conclusion I have reached. I wonder which is the best CPU/mobo combo right now? sarinaide a b à CPUs May 15, 2012 6:41:09 AM Sub $300 Board and CPU combo; FX 8120 + Asrock Fatality 990FX Sub $400 Board and CPU combo i5 3570k + ASUS P8Z77 V-Pro Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources : ForumDoing an Upgrade , Want Best Bang for Buck ForumUpgrading from 8800GT. Best bang for buck . ForumMid level gaming PC advice, best bang for your buck ForumBest Bang For Buck Gaming Rig - May 2012! (Ivy Bridge + Kepler/Island) ForumBest bang for buck 2011 socket? ForumBest bang for my buck ? ForumBest bang for your buck ? Forum212 evo fan replacement ForumShould I upgrade my sound card? (Creative X-fi XtremeMusic) ForumMy pc is newly upgrade. Is my system good? ForumWhich proccesors will work please(largest/Best) ForumBest CPU for Dimension 3000 ForumBest bang per buck CPU under 100$ Forum[Solved] How to upgrade core 2 duo processor to i5 Forum[Solved] Using amd dual-core 3ghz 6000+, upgrade to phenom ii x4 or x6? help me More resources Read discussions in other CPUs categories AMD Intel Intel i5 Intel i7 Phenom Cooling Performance !