RAM and cpu questions
Posted 13 October 2008 - 04:26 AM
Posted 13 October 2008 - 10:43 AM
There isn't too much difference in "budget" RAM. Crucial is a fine brand.
Technically, it should be okay to use different RAM brands in the same computer, assuming they are all of the same type (ie. all DDR, all DDR2, etc.). However, in reality, some motherboards don't handle mixing RAM too well. I'd recommend just spending ~$40 on a 2GB kit and use that and then you'd be set.
As for the CPU, it depends what type of CPU you have. A lower-clocked CPU based on the Core architecture (such as a Core 2 Duo or Pentium Dual-Core) will always outperform a higher-clocked Pentium 4. If you are happy with your CPU's speed, I really wouldn't worry about it.
Posted 13 October 2008 - 11:38 AM
As far as size, go with 2 GB if this is a Vista build. I've had issues with Vista when running only 1 GB of RAM.
The CPU is the heart of your computer, so that would be one of the best places to splurge a little. To match the current technology, with a decent speed, you have the Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 for $120. Even though you don't plan on playing any games, or anything like that, it should still be a decent improvement. However, until just recently, I was using a desktop with a 3 GHz Pentium 4 processor. It did a good enough job for what you need it for.
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