Are there any computer gurus in here?
a 32bit OS only allows your computer to utilise 3gb memory (combined with GPU VRAM). a 64bit OS will allow you to utilise as much memory as you like.
post your specs mate
Intel Core2 DuoE6550 @2.33Ghz Win XP 32
I've got 2, 2 gig sticks of ram but I can't remember what freq.
GeForceGTS 250 1Gig. DDR3 PCIE 16pin.
610Watt 12V PC power and cooling Silencer PSU.
Asus P5Q PRO Turbo MoBo.
a) youll be spending money on old technology which will date even quicker
b) newer tech is quicker, more reliable, cheaper to run etc
c) newer technology tends to be cheaper due to it being mainstream
and so forth.
1000ca is a solid budget for a new system. the question is, is that what youre prepared to do? the c2d and gts250 are a good 3/4 years old now so id suggest getting a new system if you have that much dollar to spend
with your budget id stick with an AMD phenom ii x6. ive just put together 2 systems for 2 different guys on here as its the best CPU you can get for your money. 2.8ghz hex core for £120 or less.
not my fault you have sausage fingersM Carey wrote:When they workMikaRaymond wrote:ive just put together 2 systems for 2 different guys on here as its the best CPU you can get for your money.
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and i'm the other guy with the AMD chip. I'm very happy with it, I paid 134euro for my chip.M Carey wrote:When they workMikaRaymond wrote:ive just put together 2 systems for 2 different guys on here as its the best CPU you can get for your money.
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on another note, SSDs are currently priced at more than £1 per GB. however the upside is the longer time goes on the vcheaper theyll become - theyve started becoming more mainstream in the past 12 months. id imagine you could pick up a tidy 120GB corsair or OCZ drive for less than £100 after xmas.
in todays world, i wouldnt recommend one just yet. picking up a conventional 1tb 7200rpm drive offers more than enough performance for most people. you dont really "need" an SSD unless youre stupid, have too much money to blow (or both )
with HDDs, you can do something called short-stroking, whereby you partition the drive to an extent where the C:/ (boot) parition is on the outside of the disk, meaning the spindle will read the data quicker than the D:/ drive, which will be located more to the middle of the disk.
i can give you a quick rundown of the best system you can get for your budget if you like?
Asus P8Z68-M PRO
4x2GB Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz DDR3 Cas8
Nvidia GTX570 (GPUs are a tough one atm. both Nvidia and AMD are about to release their new gen cards early 2012)
Corasir 650w PSU
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
Coolermaster HAF-X (already own)
Optical drive etc
id really hold on until early 2012 before upgrading.
nvidia, intel amd AMD are about to release their new line of CPUs and GPUs (early 2012) which will mean you can either purchase the above system for a cheaper price or get the brand new gear which will perform slightly better. whether the price : performance will be justifyable is completely up to you. however the above is the best system you can get for your price in todays market.
im personally holding on until the new line of nvidia GPUs. i kinda want to upgrade my GPU (currently running a gtx285 - which is fine for the games i run) but i believe ill need more power for BF3.
again, if you decide to buy now then the above system is the best. however if you can wait (till Q1 2012) then do. itll give you much more options
you never really know what's gonna outperform what until the actual release. there are too many fake charts and bullsh*tting comments from fanboys thats its not even worth bothering reading into until theyre released. id hold out for another couple of months (which isnt long, im sure you can cope ) until you have solid reviews and benchmarks to compare.