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Poll Results: Which should I get

 
  • 90% (9)
    7200RPM Hard drive
  • 10% (1)
    2 Gig 667 MHZ RAM
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post #1 of 11
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OK.....So I have a E1705 from Dell. (This is my Laptop)
Specs are:
17in monitor
2.0 GHZ C2D
2Gig 533MHZ Ram
80 gig 5400 SATA HD
7900GS Vid Card

I am getting some extra money from working some overtime these past few weeks at work and want to upgrade the Ram in my Computer to 2 Gig 667MHZ or to an 80+ gig 7200RPM SATA HD....

Which one would give me better performance...??? and which do you think I should get...
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post #2 of 11
This is a Desktop, right? Are you sure the HDD is 5400RPM?

Either way, the Hard Drive would be a better choice. The DDR2 667 will still run at 533, since you can't change the multipler/FSB in your BIOS.
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post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Mootsfox View Post
This is a Desktop, right? Are you sure the HDD is 5400RPM?

Either way, the Hard Drive would be a better choice. The DDR2 667 will still run at 533, since you can't change the multipler/FSB in your BIOS.
No this is my laptop...Sorry forgot to mention that in the previous post...
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post #4 of 11
Either one would probably give you a very little boost in actual "performance." I can almost guarantee that you won't notice faster ram and a faster hard drive (depending on what you get) MAY decrease your loading times.
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post #5 of 11
HD, but know your going to get less battery life out of it.

My laptop has a 7200rpm with a turion and 1gb ram and I have no problems with it. I have the 12 cell battery and I get 4.5hours on movies.
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post #6 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by saxahonker View Post
Either one would probably give you a very little boost in actual "performance." I can almost guarantee that you won't notice faster ram and a faster hard drive (depending on what you get) MAY decrease your loading times.
You won't run the RAM, since it would be running at the same speed.

You would notice a difference with the faster HDD though. If you want to upgrade your laptop, the hard drive would be the thing to replace.
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post #7 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by saxahonker View Post
Either one would probably give you a very little boost in actual "performance." I can almost guarantee that you won't notice faster ram and a faster hard drive (depending on what you get) MAY decrease your loading times.
How could going from the 5400RPM to 7200RPM...Decrease the loadtimes??
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post #8 of 11
The same way my raptors in RAID0 can boot Windows and load new areas in games faster than yours can.
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post #9 of 11
I would say the HDD. Faster RAM, but the same amount, would make minimal difference at best. Either splurge and get 4 GB of RAM (kidding...) or get a faster HDD. If you get a bigger HDD, you also have better performance and mroe storage space in one upgrade.
    
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post #10 of 11
I would say hard drive. Memory has a small and non-seeable effect on the laptops. I would know. I have a laptop, I changed the ram with a 1GB from 512Mb, you can barely feel any different. Maybe on some applications like benchmarking it will give you like a slightly higher score, but for a long-term result, buying a new hard drive would be optimal. It is most suggested like everyone here to get a hard drive; more space too!
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