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which cpu/ram combo

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by muadebe, 4 Mar 2010.

  1. muadebe


    Joined: 14 Jan 2009

    Posts: 13

    Hi all,

    I am looking at a couple of new systems .

    The choice ( due to budget ) I have is x4 955 with ddr2 (800mhz) value range (M/board - Gigabyte GA-M770-UD3) or x2 550 with ddr3 (1333mhz) corsair brand (M/board - Msi 770 c45).

    The rest of the components will be the same.

    Use is mainly for gaming ( WOW & TF2 ) and general surfing.

    I will not be OC at this stage.

    I was wondering which combo would yield the best performance?
  2. Redmint


    Joined: 28 Jan 2010

    Posts: 3,190

    Location: Guildford

    Better CPU with slower RAM will almost always outperform lower spec CPU with higher RAM, so I'd suggest going for the x4 option.
  3. Dancer


    Joined: 17 Mar 2003

    Posts: 351

    Location: London

    From the articles I've read doing benchmarks it does indeed seem that better ram only offers a small improvement, so probably go for the CPU.