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Not sure if this is the correct section to post in, but title is self-explanatory.

I have an old P4 system with
Intel P4 2.6Ghz
512MB of 166Mhz RAM (slow slow slow)
120GB HD

Would putting like 2 gigs of pc-3200 (400mhz) in it make it run just a bit faster? or should I buy a old P4 processor but a 3.6ghz HT version, or is there a better option?

I could always just replace the whole thing but I'm a 15 yr old working at Mcdonalds so my budget is very tight..
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Just put the extra RAM in, I think the 3.6Ghz P4's are LGA775 only, and it's $100 for a 3.4 478.
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Originally Posted by low strife View Post
Just put the extra RAM in, I think the 3.6Ghz P4's are LGA775 only, and it's $100 for a 3.4 478.
ah okay I'll just go with the RAM
but by spending like 50 bucks will I even notice any performance difference since my old CPU sucks so much already?
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ya you will definitely see a performance increase. just put the ram in there and then save up for a new build. only thing that sucks is after u build a new computer the ram will be to slow to use. so if you can wait a bit longer and just save up for a new rig, i would just do that.
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I'd go for the RAM. I think it'll make a big difference for you now and the money you pay out now will be small. So you can save $300-$500 for a nice budget build and enjoy what you have more until then.
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