dvd speed and ram query

  pookie 13:38 17 Aug 05


asus a7n8x-x mobo, 1 Gb pc3200, xp home, 3 Ghz (2.16) barton, x800 pro graphics and 550 watt psu.

I have a slave drive, cdrw and memory stick for backups so don't need dvd rw.

i have a 3 year old dvd drive at x8 speed.

as some games like far cry still need disk inserted in order to play games is it worth getting a x16 speed dvd drive - will it increase game speed or just say loading times.

also, as games like Fear and the new expansion for HL2 recommend minimum 1Gb ram is it worth upping mine to 1.5 or 2Gb. i have 2x512 with one free memory slot. mobo is single channel.

many thanks


  citadel 18:04 17 Aug 05

the games only need the cd inserted to run the game, you will notice while playing the disc is not accessed after the initial start up. I would see how the new games play before installing more ram.

  pookie 09:21 18 Aug 05

thanks for the reply and advice



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