Solved How can I make my PC faster?

June 3, 2012 at 19:17:29
Specs: Windows XP, Intel(R) Core(TM) Duo
I have Intel(R) Core(TM) Duo CPU, E8200 @ 2.66GHz, 2.13 GHz. 2.00 GB of RAM. If I add an additional RAM will it make my PC faster? I'm using it in school with CAD programs in it. And is DDR2-800 the right specs for my RAM?

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June 3, 2012 at 20:00:22
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CAD like Photoshop does run better with more memory but you have XP and probably 32bit so your installed limit will be 4GB and your actual recognized limit will be a bit over 3GB (probably around 3.2GB).
Note that what graphics you are running can effect the speed images are rebuilt and displayed.
If you are running a custom built system (not a factory built one, not a laptop), you may be able to overclock your system for additional speed. For advice on this you would need to post a list of all of your components. I am running an E8200 at 3.2GHz currently.
Your memory should be run at a Ratio of 1:1 with your CPU. For the E8200 at stock (FSB1333MHz) which runs at a Frequency of 333MHz, you would also run your memory at a frequency of 333MHz (DDR2 667MHz) which is an underclock to achieve the optimal Ratio. If you were able to run (Overclock) the CPU at a Frequency of 400MHz (FSB1600MHz), you would then run your memory at the same 400MHz (DDR2 800MHz) for your optimal ratio and a better overall bus speed (FSB). A Frequency or 400MHz with a Multiplier or 8 will give you a CPU final speed of 3.2GHz if your system is overclockable (not factory built). If it is a factory built system then you should just underclock your memory to run in step with the CPU's speed.
Eventually a new system, Core-i series, Windows 7 64bit, 8GB or more memory, graphics card with an additional 1GB or memory, Fast hard drive, etc. would be your answer. If you will be running Photoshop also (very likely for a design or architect program) you can read up on (Google) 'Optimizing your system for Photoshop and AutoCad'.

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June 3, 2012 at 20:33:56
Fingers pretty much covered the hardware end of things, but you also need to address the software end. Do you have SP3 installed? Have you tweaked XP for optimal performance? Have you managed your startup apps? Are you running a lightweight anti-virus program? Do you regularly run a cleaner & defrag?

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June 4, 2012 at 01:05:35
Thank you very much for the information.

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