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Upgrade the Vid Card or Memory first?

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  1. matrim

    matrim Thread Starter

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    Hi,
    I was going to upgrade memory but cant decide now what to upgrade first. Here's my specs, what would you upgrade first?

    Win 7 64 bit
    Gigabyte Mobo: ga-m61p-s3
    AMD Athlon II X2 255 3.1 Mhz
    4 Gb dual channel DDR2 800 (could upgrade to 6 GB with my budget)
    Nvidia 250 GTS 512 Mb
     
  2. metallica5456

    metallica5456 Trusted Advisor

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    why do you think you need to upgrade? Are you into heavy gaming or CAD or video editing? What do you plan on doing with this machine? If you answer these questions we will have much more answers for you :)
     
  3. Triple6

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    In response to this thread and your other thread:

    Dual channel is not a feature of the RAM, it's a feature of the motherboard or memory controller in the processor. You can run dual channel pretty much as long as you have an even number of memory sticks, so 2, 4, 6, or 8. In fact some new system will allow you to run dual channel even with three sticks and that's called asynchronous dual channel. Also going from 4GB to 6GB is very little and not likely worth the cost, 8GB would make more sense IF needed. For gaming you'd want tto upgrade your graphics cards first.
     
  4. flavallee

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    Here is the support and downloads site for the Gigabyte GA-M61P-S3 motherboard.

    You might want to add and save this site in your browser favorites/bookmarks list so you can readily refer to it when needed.

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    You haven't provided any information on the power supply in that computer.

    You don't want to upgrade to a more powerful video card and use that computer for functions that the power supply can't handle.

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