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February 4, 2012 10:07:00 PM

Hello, I built my computer some years ago. When I first built it I have enough for everything except for ram. Only 2 gigs of ram. I have a Asus P5Q PRO mobo, QQ600 quad core, great video card. My computer is sometimes slow though due to memory. So I was planning on upgrading to 8 or 16 gigs pc800 or pc1066 DDR2 if I can find it. If my computer needed further upgrading in the future, I was going to get the best quad-core Core-2-Quad Q9650 3.0GHz 12MB L2 Cache 1333MHz FSB LGA or something. So I am upgrading a generation behind. Should I continue down this road? Or get a new mobo, cpu, and memory (DDR3) and upgrade the whole system to the current generation? I was thinking stick to the older generation (still a lot of upgrades to do there) and wait for the an even newer generation of sockets and DDR4 to come out... then upgrade sompletely.. What do you guys think?

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February 4, 2012 10:13:37 PM

Only upgrade RAM to 4Gb DDR2-800 is enough.
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February 4, 2012 10:15:19 PM

its at 2Gb DDR2-800 right now and super slow at times... 4Gb would be enough?
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February 4, 2012 10:23:03 PM

2gb > 4gb would be a help.

But ddr2 ram is expensive.

I don't think I would throw good money at your current pc.
For $300 or so, you can get a 2500K, mobo, and 8gb of ram.

Subtract what you can market your old unused parts for.
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February 4, 2012 10:23:16 PM

Even 2Gb is plenty for 32-bit OS as long as it's DDR2-800.
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February 4, 2012 10:29:10 PM

geofelt is right, in my opinion. I wouldn't throw anymore cash towards upgrading that machine. Either sell the parts or make it a media server or something. If DDR2 was more readily available and cheaper, then it would be a different story. But I think to upgrade it instead of investing in a new machine would be a waste. If your PSU is a quality unit and the case is useable, then there isn't much to buy.
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February 4, 2012 10:29:14 PM

You didn't spec OS. 64-bit? Then sure, go higher. It WILL help. 32-bit? 4 is max.

RAM is really cheap right now. I just ordered 24G of pc1600 DDR3 for my i7 box - for $140. Peanutz! But DDR2 won't likely move with you if you get a new mobo & CPU later, so keep that in consideration to decide how much to boost.
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February 4, 2012 10:57:27 PM

+1 it's not worth it to dump money in old hardware unless you can find cheap used stuff off ebay or craigslist, etc. My laptop has 2gb of ram and I don't even game on it but browsing with lots of tabs fills the ram and slows to a halt. My parents' core 2 duo desktop has 4 gb and gaming doesn't even fill it, it's all you need.

BTW that's 2 generations behind not counting ticks. DDR4 doesn't come out til at least 2014 and still won't catch on really til a year after. By then 2 more generations would have been released and you'd be in the stone age. Ivy bridge comes out in april.
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February 4, 2012 11:33:32 PM

I am on a Windows 7, 64 bit. I was planning on upgrading to 8 gigs pc 800 for like $100. This is my main gaming machine... I could play all the games I wanted since my graphics card is great and on a quad core.. but some thigns are just slow =(
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February 4, 2012 11:41:18 PM

That's most likely b/c you have 2Gb on 64 bit OS. If you have more DIMM slots available, get another 2Gb otherwise go for 2X2Gb. However, make sure all RAM sticks are exactly identical to avoid compatibility issues. Use MemTest86 if there is an issue.
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February 5, 2012 3:48:40 AM

ekubaskie said:
You didn't spec OS. 64-bit? Then sure, go higher. It WILL help. 32-bit? 4 is max.

RAM is really cheap right now. I just ordered 24G of pc1600 DDR3 for my i7 box - for $140. Peanutz! But DDR2 won't likely move with you if you get a new mobo & CPU later, so keep that in consideration to decide how much to boost.

DDR3 RAM is really cheap right now.
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February 22, 2012 1:06:16 PM

What did you end up doing?
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February 29, 2012 12:12:31 AM

ericmet said:
What did you end up doing?


I bought 8 gigs of additional ram, DDR2-800 for $100. And boy its flying now... I can pretty much do anything and its not slow at all. From 2 gigs to 10 gigs was a huge difference. Windows says the bottleneck I currently have is the hard drive's performance. But its so fast it looks like I won't need any more upgrades for another year.
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February 29, 2012 12:13:45 AM

Best answer selected by Diverious.
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