RAM or Card?

By kal_lmn ·
This is just an input question, as I don't have any real problems. I only wish to get some feedback so I can make a wise choice.

First off, I have an old computer with a celeron(R) 2.4 processor, a GB of ram, and a GeForce FX 5200 video card.

Now I have some money and wish to buy a new computer. I am currently thinking of buying an alienware area51 but cant decide if I should customize with 4GB DDR3 RAM (2 preinstalled), or go for a Dual GeForce 9600GT setup (1 preinstalled). Both options cost an extra $200.

Which setup would be better for gaming? Do you think the one GT will make due for now and not go for the extra RAM, or the opposite.

Oh, and the whole Area51 will cost about $1700 after I make my choice.

Alternatively, If you know of any great deals on gaming computers (better or equal to the Area51 for cheaper) please do tell.

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If i were you, i would self build.

If you build the computer yourself you would be able to choose what ever you want. Plus it would most probably be cheaper. But that would be your choice. If you still want to purchase form this company then i would go for the graphic card. Memory you will be able to get cheaper somewhere else.

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.
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I completely agree!!

by ---TK--- In reply to If i were you, i would se ...

Building your own rig will be cheaper now, and when you decide to upgrade different parts of the PC.

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by JamesRL In reply to RAM or Card?

The greatest impact on most gaming computers is GPU, then RAM and CPU. I assume you are running a 32 Bit OS, if so, you will likely only get 3 - 3.5 GB of RAM effectively, depending on your MB chipset.

$1700 seems an awful lot of money. I would seriously shop around some smaller shops who can custom make a similar spec machine for a lot less. If you are handy at all you can do it yourself.

Or check out something like this:

or this:


And add a video card for $134.


which is a 9800 GT, better than a 9600.


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Card, agreed

by jdclyde In reply to Card

As long as you have a decent processor and amount of RAM, games today are more graphic intensive than anything.

Games about 4/5 years ago, I would have said RAM.

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by kal_lmn In reply to RAM or Card?

Sounds good to build one myself, and I am familiar with computers enough to build one, its just that I am mostly familiar with main components, and not the smaller details. For example...

I am currently taking a programming class, and the teacher was talking about cpus and motherboards, which then lead to FSB, which I knew nothing about. And it turns out that is the cpu has a higher frequency than the motherboard's FSB, its a waste... meaning buying an expensive cpu with a slightly less than adequate motherboard will be a waste of money...

So if such an important detail I knew nothing about, I am kind of scared of building my own. I only know the components I need and how to put them together, not the specifice of how they depend upon eachother.

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Well if you start off with Great Components

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Building

Then compatibility isn't an issue. It's also not possible to fit a CPU with a faster FSB to a M'Board that what the M'Board can support so you can not fit a !K + FSB CPU to a 800 MHZ FSB M'Board.

You need to look at the makers of the Chip Sets on the M'Board though to get the best performance and here the AMD Chip Sets currently are not up to scratch no matter what anyone says. Intel has it all over AMD here for the very reason that they make the M'Board Chip Sets and CPU's so they can tailor things together that work better. AMD while owning ATI who are making Chip Sets for M'Boards still are not up to speed right now. In a year or so Economic Conditions depending they may be but as yet they are still unable to match Intel for a Integrated Design Platform. And NVidia has Issues with their Chip Sets Design and while they are reported to have set aside 20 Million $ every commentator seems to agree that this will not be enough to repair the mess that they have made, so for the moment at least you need to avoid NVidia Chip Sets.

If you look at Brand Name M'Board like Gigabyte and your chosen CPU type it's very hard to go wrong. About the only place it is possible to go wrong is with Video Cards particularly for Gamers with SLI, Crossfire and so on being used it is very easy to make mistakes with suitable Video Cards for a M'Board. Again here all the Chip Set makers build for Intel Chip Set M'Boards and sometimes the Non Intel Chip Set M'Boards do not work with these Video Cards.


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Barebones Kits

by JamesRL In reply to Building

Barebones kits are designed for people just getting into building themselves. They vary in whats included, but most include a motherboard, CPU, RAM and a Case. You can then pick your own OS, HD and video card.


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Got to watch it with the bare bones

by jdclyde In reply to Barebones Kits

MANY do not have a slot for a video card, as they are AFFORDABLE mother boards, not high end.

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by JamesRL In reply to Got to watch it with the ...

You can get barebones kits for everything from a no slot MB to a MB that will take three video cards (yes three not two).

You definately want a MB that will do PCI Express 2.0 which is theoretically twice as fast. Your new 2.0 compliant video card might not be any faster, but your next upgrade might.

You also want to think in advance if you ever want to run multiple video cards in your computer. The MB will be either compatible with nVidia's SLI or ATI's crossfire. If you go that route, even if you only want to run one card for now, invest in a good powersupply that will handle the two cards should you add one later.


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The problem from there

by jdclyde In reply to Depends....

if you add in the price of the OS, you are now not saving much, if anything, if you are not careful.

I have seen a wide range of barebones systems, but never one that handled dual/tri cards, but then again, I wasn't looking for that either. It is rare to have a real need for multiple video.

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