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Vacations, upgrades…

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It’s been a busy few weeks for me & my (well-timed) 2 week holiday starts this Friday; off to the USA again. I’m happy to say all my time was not wasted though & I’ve finished an update to the XP Memory guide; rewriting much of it & clearing up the multitude of placebo’s & such which seem to plague memory related options in XP. I’m hoping to finish a section in the Soundcard Guide covering the Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi before I head off to.
Not entirely sure on what to buy while I’m over though; I’ve got 768MB RAM at the moment, should probably spend the $100 or so & just get the 1GB & be done with it. Then again maybe not. I was initially considering a new CPU, Motherboard, RAM but similarly felt, well is it really worthwhile doing so unless I’m actually doubling my specifications? My final alternative was to get Sennheiser HD-650 headphones as I listen to music at work most days.
Thoughts, sugestions?

Written by Julio Franco

October 3rd, 2005 at 11:46 am

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  1. It figures don’t it? Since finishing there’s been 2 or 3 articles posted covering the XP Prefetching & a few related misinformed options.


    5 Oct 05 at 4:01 am

  2. Well, I went for the 1GB RAM after all – 2x512MB DDR PC3200. The current 768MB’s a mix of PC2700/2400 so might as well just ditch the old mix altogether. Hopefully upgrading to a Barton XP after christmas.

    64Bit might be all the rage at the moment but lets face it; how useful is it really for most people? I can’t speak for everyone of course but the potential native 64Bit application I’d be able to use would be Far Cry so far. Who knows, maybe if Microsoft starts offering reduced price 64bit products I might get something better (Office 64bit, Microsoft published games, etc.)


    11 Oct 05 at 9:43 pm

  3. The 64bit portion is now very useful right now but it has so much more that you can enjoy out of the box that it would be a shame to overlook it.

    Cool’n’quiet make it much more silent (& cooler), the performance compared to an AthlonXP (even with the same clock & ram speed) is so much better. It just happens to be more futur proof as when a proper 64-bit OS is ready (with drivers, etc.) it will only get better.


    15 Oct 05 at 12:05 pm

  4. I meant “not very useful right now”. ;-)


    15 Oct 05 at 12:06 pm

  5. Future proof? Ahh, I never believe those arguments :) In cases like that I just recall the Geforce 256’s T&L unit. By the time T&L was widely used it was useless. I know it’s not exactly a 100% fair comparison but at least this way I’ll not have to upgrade the motherboard either ;)


    17 Oct 05 at 10:26 am

  6. Lazy bum. :-p


    17 Oct 05 at 4:48 pm

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