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Admiral Haddock (2)

choosing between 2 laptops - more RAM or better processor?

I'm choosing between 2 laptops, identical except for processor & RAM. I'm unlikely to buy more RAM, and thinking the one with more RAM will be generally better than the one with the better processor, all else being equal. I tend to keep lots of stuff running, and max out RAM on my current boat anchor beat-to-death laptop. [more inside]
posted by theora55 on Mar 26, 2014 - 16 answers

Best Value PC for My Needs

Spec me a processor for a machine running VMs. [more inside]
posted by bfranklin on Sep 11, 2013 - 5 answers

I don't know about processors, but I know what I want?

I will need a new laptop soon, and the one thing I can't stand is lagging programs. So I know what to look for, explain processors to me like I'm a small child. I know enough to know that I don't know what I'm doing. For example, I know that the ability to not jitter, lag, and occasionally freeze isn't down to one factor, but is (I think?) a combination of RAM, processor speed, and some other things. Cores, maybe? Info on my current problems and what I need inside... [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs on Aug 9, 2013 - 14 answers

No 64-bit stamp

For a fairly new iMac, how do you determine whether the Intel processor is 64-bit or 32-bit?
posted by yclipse on Jan 11, 2012 - 11 answers

Why does a processor seemingly run slower as it ages over years?

Why does a processor seemingly run slower as it ages over years? [more inside]
posted by supyo on Nov 13, 2011 - 21 answers

Less is more, except when your boyfriend says it.

I love notepad. But I need more. But only a very, very little more. [more inside]
posted by Garm on Oct 4, 2011 - 15 answers

Which knob am I supposed to turn to 11?

Continuing on my progression to Rock God status, I hoped you could enlighten me with everything you know about getting particular sounds out of amps and effects--both as a general proposition, and with respect to the infinitely tweakable Line 6 Pod HD. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jul 19, 2011 - 10 answers

The Admiral Haddock Experience

I'm getting back into playing my electric guitar. Two questions: 1) how do I tell whether it's worth throwing money at the existing guitar vs. getting a new one (details inside, I'm in Boston); and 2) what's a good effects processor these days (details also inside). [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on May 26, 2011 - 16 answers

What is Intel doing with all that die?

Why do the specs of some non-x86 processors seem so much better than those of the latest Intel chips, even though Intel's manufacturing is more cutting-edge? [more inside]
posted by Xezlec on Dec 7, 2010 - 8 answers

27-inch iMac buying advice: processor, video card optiions

Advice on choosing between the two 27-inch iMac options at the online apple store. [more inside]
posted by cahlers on Jul 30, 2010 - 22 answers

SP3 installation worries

I've decided to install SP3 on my Windows XP Home version computer. But I've read horror stories about installing on an AMD machine. [more inside]
posted by bryon on Jul 8, 2010 - 12 answers

Marking essays with a red pen -- on the computer?!

Is there any quick, easy way to mark essays in a word processor so that they end resulted is again to a handwritten paper, torn apart by a red pen??? [more inside]
posted by MostHolyPorcine on Jul 5, 2010 - 13 answers

“Weigh your… pancakes… move your… pancakes…”

Why are ATMs and similar machines (gas pumps, self-serve checkouts) so damn slow? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on May 7, 2010 - 33 answers

I don't want an iMac that cries "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!"

How long does it take for the Peter and Bobby of iMacs, to get Greg iMac's processor? [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Apr 20, 2010 - 9 answers

Speed?

Laptop processor question [more inside]
posted by A189Nut on Feb 11, 2010 - 7 answers

Recipes requiring food processor

Looking for everyone's favorite recipes that require the use of a food processor. [more inside]
posted by cranberryskies on Feb 1, 2010 - 22 answers

Processor Upgrade

I'm interesting in upgrading the processor on my computer, but I'm having a hard time getting good information on how to determine a viable upgrade. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Jan 6, 2010 - 10 answers

Do I 'need' a gaming laptop to play MMOs?

Do I 'need' a gaming laptop to play MMOs? [more inside]
posted by Kurichina on Nov 9, 2009 - 9 answers

Is there good sites that provide ranking of computer processors performance?

Is there good sites that provide ranking of computer processors performance? [more inside]
posted by idyllhands on Oct 30, 2009 - 17 answers

What do I need to look at when buying a new laptop?

I'm in the market for a new laptop. Should I get a PC or Mac? What specs are important for me to look at when making a decision? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 2, 2009 - 31 answers

Real-world microprocessor performance based on specs.

Help me understand Intel Core 2 Duo processors. Wikipedia has a confusing chart that seems to indicate matching processor to the RAM is more important than the actual specs of the RAM or processor. [more inside]
posted by brenton on Apr 8, 2009 - 15 answers

Can you help me find a good processor to go with this Motherboard?

FINALLY getting my own media center/boxee box/VM Toy runner. I realize that I won't be able to run any beefy creatures on this, but I intend to use the VM's mostly as toys, or to occasionally sync my finance's iPod. NO BLURAY/HD Content required for now. I've already decided most parts, but I need a bit of help picking a processor. And if you can find some better parts then the ones I've chosen, please let me know, I'll happily take 'em into consideration. Oh, and I'm trying to go as little over $300 as I can... [more inside]
posted by TrueVox on Apr 5, 2009 - 13 answers

ohshitohshitohshitohshit

Why won't my computer post? [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on Mar 13, 2009 - 12 answers

word processor

Word Processor with Excel-like tabs for Windows? [more inside]
posted by amsterdam63 on Feb 12, 2009 - 5 answers

PC performance boost: more RAM or a new processor?

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? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Jan 19, 2009 - 22 answers

Need new motherboard for an emachine

Should we replace the motherboard and processor or buy a new computer? [more inside]
posted by socrateaser on Dec 29, 2008 - 10 answers

QL-60? T3200? Laptop processors make no sense!

Yet another laptop question - somebody please explain the difference between the processors for me? [more inside]
posted by antifuse on Dec 28, 2008 - 8 answers

Math students, you are getting such a raw deal.

Why doesn't Moore's Law apply to graphing calculators? [more inside]
posted by skryche on May 28, 2008 - 21 answers

I am an Audio/Video/Graphics designer looking for the proper machine for multi-media production. Please help me find the right components I need. ANYTHING BUT DELL!

I am an Audio/Video/Graphics designer looking for the proper machine for multi-media production. Please help me find the right components I need. ANYTHING BUT DELL please! [more inside]
posted by bostonhill on May 21, 2008 - 22 answers

Upgrade! (To contined obsolescence)

Budget upgrade: Will my PC game performance improve more from upgrading my Athlon 2100 XP (1.7 Ghz) processor or my GeForce 6600GT (256mb) AGP video card? [more inside]
posted by Annon E Moose on May 8, 2008 - 26 answers

Upgrading a video card vs. upgrading a CPU for gaming?

I just got a relatively new PC secondhand. What should I upgrade first in order to most successfully play games? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway on Feb 9, 2008 - 18 answers

Why did CPUs stop getting faster about 5 years ago?

Why are CPUs not getting faster any more? This plot is some data I scraped from a few sources around the web. I know it's not exhaustive, but I'm looking to pick out long-term and general trends. It's clear to me that processor clock speed has plateau'ed around roughly 4 GHz. Why? [more inside]
posted by sergeant sandwich on Dec 9, 2007 - 30 answers

I need a Magnetic and Photbeam Sensor!

Can you show me a photo beam sensor or a magnetic sensor that is close to the size of my pinky? [more inside]
posted by kaozity on Dec 3, 2007 - 8 answers

Will CS2 run on intel processor?

will creative suite cs2 with system requirements of powerbook g4 or 5 processor run on my new macbook pro (which has an intel-based processor)?
posted by nicknd23 on Nov 15, 2007 - 8 answers

Need MB, CPU, RAM.

Best bang for $300 total: Motherboard, CPU and Memory. [more inside]
posted by |n$eCur3 on Nov 4, 2007 - 17 answers

dual-display & more RAM vs. new iMac?

Which would be more beneficial for a Photoshop user: dual-display + more RAM, or a new iMac with a faster processor? [more inside]
posted by blastrid on Nov 2, 2007 - 18 answers

How do I accept PayPal for a foreign country?

Are there any payment processors who will accept PayPal payments for my company? [more inside]
posted by torpark on Oct 7, 2007 - 2 answers

Hz attack

Where did half of my processor go? 1.5ghz is showing up as 599mhz. [more inside]
posted by penciltopper on Aug 21, 2007 - 12 answers

Overclocking my processor.

Overlocking-filter: I am building a new computer (my first attempt) and I wanted advice on overclocking my processor. I'm installing an Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 and I've heard it's great for overclocking, even with the stock cooler. Can anyone give me tips or a guide to doing this? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Jun 20, 2007 - 12 answers

Remotely determine processor socket type?

Remotely determine processor socket type? [more inside]
posted by mysterious1der on Jun 8, 2007 - 9 answers

Quad-core - what is it good for?

I'm thinking of buying a quad-core PC and want to check that my understanding of what a quad-core PC could do for me is correct. [more inside]
posted by tobtoh on Apr 9, 2007 - 6 answers

Weird error box while working in docs folder

Here's a weird error that I only get when I'm in My Documents or Windows Explorer (so it seems)... [more inside]
posted by moonbird on Jan 28, 2007 - 11 answers

Hack my Cuisinart

Will the BFP-7 food processor attachment work on my Cuisinart SPB-7 blender? [more inside]
posted by jclovebrew on Jan 18, 2007 - 1 answer

When is Microsoft going to put the new processor in the Xbox 360?

When is Microsoft going to put the new processor in the Xbox 360? And does anyone know of any future price-drops for the console? [more inside]
posted by Paul KC on Dec 29, 2006 - 2 answers

How to revive old Apple IIc floppy disks

Is there a way to retrieve the old files I have saved on 5.25" Apple IIc floppy disks? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Oct 25, 2006 - 4 answers

What processor should I base my new machine on?

Building a new computer: Athlon 64 or Pentium D? [more inside]
posted by dammitjim on Jul 18, 2006 - 15 answers

AMD or Intel, Now or later?

I'm trying to choose a new processor, and don't know which one to buy. [more inside]
posted by tdreyer1 on Jun 8, 2006 - 22 answers

How can I slow my computer down?

My computer's on/off fan is driving me mad; and I don't need the power. How can I limit the available processor power so that I can run it silently? [more inside]
posted by jamescridland on May 29, 2006 - 13 answers

CPU heat epoxy solvent?

How can I de-epoxy my P4 from its heatsink? [more inside]
posted by ChasFile on Dec 2, 2005 - 7 answers

Processor Install?

Why can't I get my new processor to work? [more inside]
posted by ewkpates on Nov 3, 2005 - 8 answers

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