Processor or RAM upgrade.

  mehim 08:30 26 Jun 11
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Which is better to do when selecting options from a design your site?

For instance, upgrading from an Intel® CoreTM i3-2310M 2.10GHz with 3 MB L3 Cache to an Intel® CoreTM i5-2520M 2.50GHz for £100 or increase from 4 gb to 8gb ram for £60. The price is not really an issue as the difference is not to great, it is more which will increase the overall performance better.?

  gengiscant 08:37 26 Jun 11

If you only use a 32 Bit operating system then increasing the ram will have no effect at all.

  mehim 08:42 26 Jun 11

Thanks gengiscant, it will be 64bit.

  woodchip 09:00 26 Jun 11

CPU works better at all speeds under all conditions, Extra Ram is only good if you are working on Video or big Photo Editing. 4 Gig should be good enough for anybody any more to me is just throwing money away

  woodchip 09:01 26 Jun 11

Will the Motherboard take the bigger CPU? check motherboard Manual for CPU support on size

  woodchip 09:01 26 Jun 11

Will the Motherboard take the bigger CPU? check motherboard Manual for CPU support on size

  mehim 09:28 26 Jun 11

woodchip it will be custom built such as here

  canarieslover 10:30 26 Jun 11
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I always work to the theory that it is cheaper and easier to increase the ram at a later date than it is to upgrade the processor. Also processors seem to be replaced fairly quickly in the manufactures lists and become quite difficult to source after a couple of years. Go for the fastest you can afford now and you will be at least a little bit more 'future proof'.

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