Whether you need 8GiB will depend on what applications you are going to use.Lews Therin wrote:I want the desktop to be ideal for gaming and the laptop to be light and ideal for university work. I intend to get 4GB RAM for the desktop. My current intention is to get DDR2. However, due the rapidly dropping prices of DDR2 RAM , 8GB should be feasible by August.
Only great increase in paper speed. Actual performance (with applications and stuff) is still nothing to write home about yet because of higher latencies and the memory controller not keeping up.Lews Therin wrote:Should I get 8GB DDR2 or DDR3 with less memory? DDR3 prices are sky-high right now despite the great increase in speed. So, any ideas?
No point paying a premium for that. By the time DDR3 matters you will be looking at Nehalem (or its successor) and you need new everything anyway. Also, most boards I have seen are 2+2, with only a handful doing 4+2, meaning if you use that board to upgrade to DDR3 you will be limited.Lews Therin wrote:Oh, and another thing, if I do decide to get DDR2, is there any motherboard out there that will support both DDR2 and DDR3 in case I decide to upgrade to DDR3 in the future?
Desktop budget: Less than $1000
Laptop budget: Less than $1500
mortifiedPenguin wrote:are you bringing the desktop with you? This of course, assumes you live in the dorms, which is where space and theft considerations must be thought of.
Discrete GPU will use more power and add to heat production. If you are after true mobility you should stay away from it. Just don't get the "high end" notebook GPUs.Lews Therin wrote:I intend to get 256 MB dedicated graphics for the laptop. More is not necessary due the desktop ( ).
You are on the right track. I don't know how often you are going to carry the thing around and how strong you are, but for me >5lbs is going to be a bit heavy if you carry it around all day.Lews Therin wrote:About laptop weight: I'm not too sure about typical weights....somewhere less than 3kg seems okay I guess. My friends showed me a laptop with 4GB ram, 512 MB graphics and all that but that is just unnecessary and bulky. I mean, after all, notebooks were made for mobility, right?
Unless you are going to buy a 30" LCD monitor with your system forget SLI (don't make me repeat my SLI speech ).Lews Therin wrote:Thanx, 4GB DDR2 seems fine to me right now. I hope SLI graphics prices drop soon.
It's only 490 something posts to search from.Lews Therin wrote:Thank you flying fox. Could you tell me more about SLI and why you dont recommend it? Or please give the link to the related topic.
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