Should I upgrade or not? (Advice Needed)

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October 17, 2011 at 17:46:07
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate x64, 2.793 GHz / 2047 MB
I managed to save up some money and I was thinking of getting a new system. I wanted advice that should I spend the money on a new system or not. Keeping Laptops aside and just focusing on Desktop. I do not do any gaming. I only watch movies and browse the web. Movies are high definition 1080p. These are my current system specs:

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 @ 2.8Ghz
RAM: 2 GB DDR2 @ 800Mhz Kingston
Graphics: nVidia 9400GT
HDD: 500GB Seagate SATA
2 DVDRW+ Drives
23" SAMSUNG LED MONITOR

If you were at my place would you upgrade the system or not?

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#1
October 17, 2011 at 18:44:20
You didn't list which motherboard you have? If you have a decent board, I would overclock the CPU, upgrade to at least 4GB RAM & get a decent video card.

FYI, DDR2-800 is the wrong RAM for a 1066MHz FSB CPU. You should be running the CPU:DRAM frequency ratio at 1:1 or 1:2, so you should either have DDR2-1066 or DDR2-533. Or you could underclock the RAM to 533MHz to match the CPU. Or if you were to overclock, you'd have a whole slew of options.


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#2
October 18, 2011 at 10:54:16
The Motherboard I have is ASUS P5KPL-VM. This is not at all good for overclocking. The RAM usage on my system never exceeds 60 percent on my system even when watching 1080p movies and my GPU supports 1080p. Will adding 1GB More RAM with 533Mhz improve performance. The current RAM will automatically be underclocked to 533 Mhz.

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#3
October 18, 2011 at 17:33:10
Is the problem that you don't know how to overclock? Because I had a look at the manual & the board sure seems overclockable, just make sure to do it manaually, not by using a "profile". And why would you add just 1GB RAM? Assuming you have a single 2GB stick, get another 2GB stick to max out the board at 4GB.

http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/In...


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#4
October 19, 2011 at 05:46:39
I do know how to overclock but I avoid it. I like keeping things at stock value. I am affraid to add 2 GB of RAM. I did add 2GB awhile back getting to max 4GB Capacity but it caused problems. Whenever the new RAM came into use by the system it hanged and I had to switch it off from the main and then restart. The RAM I currently have is different to the ones available in the market. My RAM is the normal length but half the height of normal DDR2 RAM. When I got the new RAM I used CPUZ to check the values and every value and voltage was same and also the make was same Kingston. I returned that RAM. Does this normally cause problems or was something wrong with the RAM? If this does not cause problems then I will get a 2 GB but will it show any improvements in system performance?

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#5
October 21, 2011 at 16:37:21
Come on....

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