I built my system 18 months ago:
Athlon 64, 3000 CPU
DDR 3200 two sticks of 256
With the recent AMD price drops, I think it is time to upgrade. I’ve read threads where people say upgrade to 2GB Ram creates better performance than an upgrade to entry level dual core. My main interest is NOT games, but rather video encoding and multi-tasking. I’ve read comments that such performance IS aided by both faster CPU and more RAM so I think I’d like to upgrade RAM and then the CPU? ((Each upgrade should “feel” like a new computer to me??))
As a small aside–a friend just gave me a single stick of 256MB RAM and I can’t get a “clean” answer on this–I’ve read that AMD processors are so “efficient” that they don’t really benefit from DDR! On my motherboard, adding a third stick of RAM reduces the speed of the front bus ((don’t know how much–from 800Mhz to 400 I assume–anyone know?)) but I wonder==>
which is faster–DDR/800Mhz running with 512MB RAM, or NOT DDR/400Mhz running with 512+256=768 RAM??
Is 2GB overkill or would increase to 1GB be sufficient. I assume by time I upgrade to Vista, DDR2 will be mandatory?
How can I get the FSB over 800MHz? My motherboard is variously described as capable of 1000 or 2000(!?!) MHz capable with hypertransport. Is the increase over 800Mhz achieved by “overclocking” or by buying compatible Ram–eg DDR4000?
Alot of questions/unknown assumptions/etc==thanks for any answers/directions etc. /// bobbo.