I get paid this thursday (woo!) and rather then spend the money on crack and hoes I decided this month im going to upgrade my computer. The question is what do I get? I dont want to spend more the £200 (british). Here are my current system specs:
2.6Ghz P4 @3.25
2x256 Geil ultra PC4000
2x120Gb seagate 7200.7's in RAID0
Radeon9800pro (flashed to XT)
The two things that really jump out at me are the RAM and the graphics card. I can get 2x512MB of crucial ballistix for £160 or I could get a radeon X800 SE for £193? Which would give the biggest performance boost? I want to be able to run battlefield2 really well when it comes out, and the levels are sposed to be big so im leaning towards the memory (also the memory is cheaper, which leaves more money for crack and hoes). Anyone got any better ideas?
Oh wicked, I really wanted a comparison of the new cards to the old ones. The card I was looking at was the X800 SE which i think has 4 less pipelines than the X800 though. So Im not sure if that would be worth it.
Your running an Intel setup. First I would think the RAM is no doubt the way to go. The question that I have is whether you should get the 2X512 of Ballistix. Dont take this to be wirtten in stone, but somewhere over at Anandtech there is an article that talks about the optimal amount of RAM and also the best configuration or # of slots to populate. I may have this backwards, but I seem to recall that in the case of 1 - 2 Gig of RAM that the system would perform better with all 4 slots populated. So im wondering if you wouldnt be better off getting 2X256 of the same Ram that you have now for a total of 4x256. This of course would be based on the assumption that I am remembering this correctly. I will see if I can find that article.
BTW- I promise that I will PM the RAM info that we have been discussing sometime today. School has swamped me lately.
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Gots to go RAM...the original bf 1942 runs better with 768 vs 512 and does a little better with 1024 vs 768. If you're playing DC on 1942, then 1 gig kills 512. I think i heard the guys who made DC were helping with bf 2...so they liked having lots of ram for their previous bf product...go RAM!
Btw-Chk out the post by Chipdeath on A64s under CPU, it has a couple of useful posts in it.
Really? I woulda thought 4x256 would but more strain on the northbridge. I kinda wanna go for 2x512MB because it gives me more upgrade options in the future and I can put my 2x256 in my other machine. The other thing is that ballistix will propably give me better timmings than my current RAM.
Na my CPU cant get to 3.5, 3.25 is the best i can reach even with huge voltage increase and 2:3 RAM FSB ratio it just wont go higher. Its watercooled aswell, I think its because im using the 2.6c according to crash they are pants overclockers.