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Old 12-05-2003, 09:42 AM
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Default Computer Upgrade >> CPU or RAM?

Well, it's getting about that time to upgrade my machine.

Currently, I am running a 1.6 GHz P4 with 512 MB RAM. My motherboard (SOYO SY-P4ISR) will support up to a 2.4 GHz processor (which is what I will upgrade to).

My Question: Will I see better improvement upgrading to a 2.4 GHz processor first, or adding another 512 MB RAM first, or does it really make a difference?

Obviously I will eventually end up upgrading both - I'm just wondering what would be best to start out with.

Thanks for your input,

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Old 12-05-2003, 09:48 AM
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Default Re: Computer Upgrade >> CPU or RAM?

definitely upgrade the CPU first...
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Old 12-05-2003, 09:48 AM
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You've got plenty of RAM for now. ProTools and their plugins are CPU hogs. Get the faster CPU, you'll be able to do more plugins and tracks at once.

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Old 12-05-2003, 10:39 AM
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Default Re: Computer Upgrade >> CPU or RAM?

Neither.
There are no real improvements with more than 512 ram on PT Windows and since your motherboard is using a 1.6 now you need to upgrade the motherboard as well to the 533 bus this gives the performance that makes the P4's able to achieve the AMD type performance.
So either of the upgrades you are looking at won't move you to performance that is really better.
Remember until the Northwood 533 bus, the P4's really lagged behind in performance.
Ask around on the DUC and compare the numbers people are achieving with the early P4 configurations compared to the 2.4 533's and up.
A Northwood 2.4 should get you 32 + 10 with no problem.
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Old 12-05-2003, 10:47 AM
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There are no real improvements with more than 512 ram on PT Windows
This used to be true....mainly because windows 95/98/ME couldn't really take full advantage of > 512 MB of ram. Windows 2k/XP is a different story. Would he notice a difference in how ProTools performs? No...probably not. That doesn't mean there aren't benefits....there are....it's just that you might not really see them in a tangible way.

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Old 12-05-2003, 11:25 AM
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That was my point, since PT won't really benefit from the additional ram that money could be put to better use by applying it to getting the 533 bus to go with the 2.4 processor.
Now with the addition of Rewire you want to get as much horsepower for your dollar as possible.
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Old 12-05-2003, 11:30 AM
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Agreed there. - That was my point too. =) The more CPU you can throw at your plugins/synths the better!

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Old 12-05-2003, 04:59 PM
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Old 12-07-2003, 06:10 AM
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Default Re: Computer Upgrade >> CPU or RAM?

The new P4's at 800mhz are blowing away the Athlon64; especially in media creation and floating point.

A great buy is the P4 3.0ghz @ 800mhz...about $100 cheaper than the 3.2 but almost as fast.
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Old 12-07-2003, 02:30 PM
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The new P4's at 800mhz are blowing away the Athlon64; especially in media creation and floating point.

A great buy is the P4 3.0ghz @ 800mhz...about $100 cheaper than the 3.2 but almost as fast.
Well give us some results here in PTLE land that supports that then. Haven't seen anything yet that impresses me.

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