Ram and Graphics card upgrade questions.
Posted on 2008-10-01
Hi, Current spec:
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.4GHz
Memory: OCZ 2GB Kit (2x1GB) DDR2 1000MHz/PC2-8000 Titanium Alpha VX2 CL4 2.3V
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512 Zotac Amp! Edition
Motherboard: ASUS P5K AiLifestyle Series iP35 Socket 775 eSATA 8channel Audio ATX
O/S: Windows Vista" Home Premium (6.0, Build 6001) Service Pack 1
My current hardware is all up to scratch (at least I would like to think it is) and runs everything I want including Crysis + Warhead (which seem to be the benchmark for everything these days) anyway I don't want to replace any of my parts, but rather thinking of adding too them, but I'm not sure if it is worth it.
My first question is about my RAM, my RAM is half decent and is fast enough to do everything I want but I can get another 2GB set for not half as much as I paid for it these days and I was wondering if with my 32bit Vista if upgrading to 4GB of RAM would work? I read countless forums of people saying it only reads 3.2 and that it will just crash or it works fine blah blah, from what I have gathered it doesnt all work properly in 32bit but I have also been told that with Service Pack 1 it fixes it to be able to use 4GB of ram, is this true? Should I buy it? To be honest its quite cheap and even if I get an extra 1GB out of it I'm sure in time it will be fixed to host 4 without 64bit.
My second question is with my Graphics card, I have been looking at benchmarks and the 8800GT seems to work fine, currently, I have a Zotac Amp! edition, which is clocked a little faster and has the use of HDMI output which is nice, but after looking at benchmarks it seems that having two 8800GT SLI is beating alot of newly brought out cards hands down and I was wondering if this was worth doing? I have enough space and power to run both and they dont get very hot, so is it worth it? I can pick up another Zotac Amp! for about £90 so not very expensive at all if its going to be a big boost.
Also if I did do that does anyone know if my HDMI would still work properly? It has an internal connection for sound I didnt know if having two graphics cards in would mess that up.
But for very little money I could go from 2gb ram and single core 512 graphics card to 4gb and duel 1gb graphics card.
So let me know what ya think,