PC performance boost: more RAM or a new processor?
January 19, 2009 7:28 PM Subscribe
How can I find out if I'll get more of a performance boost in my desktop PC by adding more RAM or replacing the processor?
posted by gottabefunky to Computers & Internet (22 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm trying to figure out which will give me more bang for my buck in terms of processing speed: adding more RAM or replacing my processor.
Here are my stats: Dell Dimension 4600, Pentium 4 CPU, 3.06Ghz, 1.5G RAM, Win XP SP3; Intel Springdale-G i865G motherboard chipset; NVidia GeForce 7600 GS video card.
I've already added more RAM, but I'm willing to give the processor replacement a go if it's worth it; I just can't figure that out. I use the machine mostly for word processing, email, web surfing, photo editing (I know, I know), and some gaming.
It may be my imagination, but (as usual) the computer seems to move slower every year. Programs take forever to load, images longer to process, occasional minute-long hangups with multiple programs running . I defrag, virus scan. CClean and delete unneeded stuff regularly. What should I do? (Please don't say buy a new one.)