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Jonathan Steel
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I want to buy a new computer and i cant decide between these two options.

For $175 I can get either...

2GB DDR 400 RAM instead of 1GB DDR PC3200

OR

AMD A64 3800+ Dual Core instead of AMD A64 3500+

For gaming whats gonna give me the most bang for my buck?
Gregg Bolinger
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For gaming I'd go RAM and Video card in terms of where to spend the most money.


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basha khan
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More and more and more RAM plz..
Gregg Bolinger
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If you are a big game player, then I'd assume you will be running Windows. The big performance killer on Windows is usually swapping memory from RAM to virtual memory on disk and back to RAM again. So the more RAM you have, the less this will happen. Disk I/O kills performance.

Also, some video cards will claim to have n amount of video RAM. But in reality half of that amount is being shared with the pc RAM. Mid to high end brand name video cards like ATI and nVidia won't do this. So just buy wisely.

Tom's Hardware is an awesome resource full of hardware benchmarks on many different custom systems using many of today's popular games.
Mark Spritzler
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I was just reading a review magazine, and in the video card section the highest scores all seemed to be NVidea Video cards.

Mark


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Gregg Bolinger
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Originally posted by Mark Spritzler:
I was just reading a review magazine, and in the video card section the highest scores all seemed to be NVidea Video cards.

Mark


This year, yes. Last year it was ATI and next year will probably be ATI then nVidia the year after that. It's been a pattern that way for a while.
 
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