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Which should I get: a faster CPU, or more memory?

I'm ready to buy a new desktop PC with Windows 7, and I can't decide whether to spend more money on a faster CPU or more memory, if either. Which would be better in the long run: i7-860 (or even i7-920) with 6 GB RAM, or i5 with 8 GB of RAM? Considering the CPU alone, is an i7 instead of an i5 worth the extra money? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on May 7, 2010 - 12 answers

Why is the System process spiking to 50-100% of the CPU?

The "System" process on my work PC is intermittently causing the CPU utilization to spike to 50-100%, freezing the computer for a few seconds each time. Why, and is it fixable? [more inside]
posted by gemmy on May 3, 2010 - 7 answers

Make computer run faster

Please help me make this computer run faster. It's running Windows XP, and I'll tell you everything else I know inside. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Apr 7, 2010 - 18 answers

Reusing salvaged PC fans for the connector-challenged

Firstly, I apologize for asking about computer cooling, as I'm sure there are tons of questions about it, but my problem is with the specifics. The fans in my gaming computer have been running much more lately, probably due to the warmer weather making my room quite hot. (My current fans are adequate, the computer's never been above 128f, they're just loud and high-pitched) I salvaged 2 fans from older Dell desktops, but I'm pretty clueless about the many types of connectors involved. It looks like I'll be buying a fan controller, but first I need to know what connectors it needs to have. In addition, I want to make sure that the added fans won't be too much for my power supply In short, can you please give me advice on the best way to cool my computer, preferably with the fans I already have? [more inside]
posted by N2O1138 on Apr 5, 2010 - 6 answers

Windows 7 desktop gizmo reveals annoying escalating RAM demands.

Windows 7 paranoia: the desktop CPU/RAM clock doohickey is now the central preoccupation of my life. But I'd like to know why does my RAM usage continually creep upwards? [more inside]
posted by Kandarp Von Bontee on Mar 30, 2010 - 9 answers

Help me install a new CPU/mobo

I broke my PC's motherboard :( Please help me pick a replacement and guide me through the installation process... [more inside]
posted by mullacc on Jul 3, 2009 - 4 answers

I'm confused about computer specs

How do computer speeds vary with different core counts? Is a twin core 3000 as fast as a single core 6000? What about a quad core? Is there any point in multicore chips for home use and gaming, or does this need fancy threaded software to take advantage of it?
posted by talitha_kumi on Jul 31, 2008 - 11 answers

XPSP3AMD6440003GBetc.

Games PC CPUFilter: Is it worth upgrading from an Athlon64 3500+ Venice to a 4000+ San Diego? (plus a bonus question on 3GB RAM in XP and dual channel memory). [more inside]
posted by boosh on May 30, 2008 - 12 answers

Need for speed

I want my computer to work exactly the same, but faster. I can't add any more RAM. Motherboard/CPU upgrade? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 on Mar 2, 2008 - 16 answers

Overheating PC problems - is my sensor lying?

Overheating PC problems - is my sensor lying? [more inside]
posted by twine42 on Jun 18, 2007 - 4 answers

Why is my PC overheating?

My computer is making a funny noise and overheating. Can you help me fix it? [more inside]
posted by MrZero on Dec 29, 2005 - 17 answers

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