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thinking of doing a quick upgrade to my current pc before buying new in 4 months

#1Ivany2008Posted 12/11/2013 6:24:00 PM
So I'm using a Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-US2H v1.0 motherboard which I got about 3-4 years ago right before I went to college and found out I have just 4 gigs of ram in it. I'd like to at least get 8 gigs of ram in it to bide me through until I can put sufficient money aside to build a decent computer 5 months from now.

What kind of ram would you guys suggest I pick up if its even possible to upgrade?
#2Jprime666Posted 12/11/2013 6:32:50 PM(edited)
Are you on DDR2? Isn't DDR2 pretty expensive at this point?

I don't know the cost of a RAM upgrade would be, or how much it would even help to go from 4 to 6 or 8 for gaming.

EDIT: I'm assuming the rest of your PC is also 3-4 year old parts. That's why I'm wondering if a RAM boost would help much, or at least be worth the money.
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#3someguyshandPosted 12/11/2013 6:33:26 PM
Jprime666 posted...
Are you on DDR2? Isn't DDR2 pretty expensive at this point?.


Seems like he is.

I'm not even sure if it is worth upgrading the RAM on that machine.
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#4VIP86Posted 12/11/2013 6:34:09 PM
No use in upgrading your RAM as the board uses DDR2. I do believe DDR2 is more expensive than DDR3 right now. Just wait the 5 months, you will just be wasting money right now.
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#5arleasPosted 12/11/2013 6:36:00 PM
I upgraded to 8GB last year and yeah, it was hella expensive. I Only had two RAM slots on my motherboard so I had to totally replace everything. :I While I did see a little bit of improvement, it wasn't worth the price really and I wouldn't recommend doing it yourself unless you've got tons of money to burn or can get a good deal on some RAM.
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#6Ivany2008(Topic Creator)Posted 12/11/2013 7:12:56 PM(edited)
the only real reason i wanted to boost my performance was so that I could finish arkham city. Started it up and got maybe an hour in the game before I started having huge loading issues everytime I entered a door.

also wanted to play the dlc for Bioshock Infinite and maybe attempt Skyrim

Keep saying that I need to replace my computer but family is dead set against it as they want all my money to go towards college in the fall(despite me being in a free-ride government program I don't need to pay back)
#7arleasPosted 12/11/2013 7:15:34 PM
From: Ivany2008 | #006
family is dead set against it as they want all my money to go towards college in the fall


Translation: You should be studying and working hard, not playing those damn vidya games.
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#8VIP86Posted 12/11/2013 7:15:40 PM
Maybe get a part time job after school?
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#9Ivany2008(Topic Creator)Posted 12/11/2013 7:41:25 PM
No, they don't mind me playing video games as they know it keeps me sane. I don't plan on playing 24/7, but I would like to play a more recent game for even a couple hours on Saturday. While I do own a ps3/360, the majority of my library is on steam

Also, I do have a part-time job atm working at a grocery store for 11.5 an hour(Canadian) so I'll have a tiny bit of pocket change when I switch my shifts to Saturdays only when college starts.

My college program will be a tech program so it would be nice to be able to run some of the same programs they use at college as I really can't focus after classes what with people constantly fooling around and chatting up a storm with no consideration to those of us actually trying to work, and with my A.D.D it hinders more than most.

I eventually plan on building a 900-1000 dollar machine, of which I have 800 already set aside from vacation pay from work, but with christmas coming up and a few other expenses that I'm dealing with, 4 months is about when I'll be able to get the time to build a new computer.
#10arleasPosted 12/11/2013 8:23:17 PM
From: Ivany2008 | #009
4 months is about when I'll be able to get the time to build a new computer.


I'd still wait... You have four slots for RAM right? Assuming you've got 2 sticks of 2GB each you could fit 2 more in there at 2GB and have 8... and that would cost you: $70-$80 Canadian (it looks like) and even more if you went for a single 4GB stick.

$80 for 4GB is a lot. To put that in perspective: I just bought some DDR3 and I paid $71 US for one 8GB stick... You'd be paying roughly twice as much...If it was more long term then yeah, go for it...I lasted about a year with my upgrade and I feel like I wasted my money kinda :I
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