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Jan in CA 04-15-2008 08:42 PM

Running much ram and processor speed needed??
I am going to get a new computer soon and I'm looking at Dell since they've been good to me. I know VISTA needs more RAM... Is 3G enough and does it need more processor speed or something else as well?

Also...I would like to be able to play Roller Coaster Tycoon and Sims type games..what video card is necesssary? I got a new one for this computer a few years ago and it still tends to bog down when there is a lot going on on the screen. Maybe it's not the VC? :??

SteveDallas 04-15-2008 09:40 PM

I don't know what Dell is doing about Windows in the consumer market... but if you don't really want Vista, I'd suggest you push them to give you a machine with Windows XP. I believe they're still selling it on their business side. I don't know exactly what RAM to recommend, but in general it's often cheaper to just take whatever their base offering is, and then buy & add your own memory upgrade separately.

I don't know much about video cards, but I'd suggest looking at the system recommendations for the games you're interested in and starting there.

auburnchick 04-15-2008 09:49 PM

Jan, I'm a computer tech, although I don't really know the specs required of that.

What I can tell you is that if you get a good graphics card, up your ram. Get the most that you can get on the front-end. It's much cheaper that way.

Jan in CA 04-15-2008 10:07 PM

Most of the systems I'm looking at have 3 or 4 gigs of RAM. I know I can install more myself and I have, but I'd like to start with a good computer to begin with.

Oh and they do have some XP models still, but they are older ones and I don't want to start out any more obsolete than I have to. :teehee:

Here's the one I'm looking at as it seems to have the most bang for the buck.
Dell XPS 420

Look at the memory and video card options. This is where I really get tripped up. Upgrading memory is cheap, but is it better to stick to 3G and go up to 800mhz or go for the 4G and 667 or 800 mhz?????

The video card is more expensive. I've seen the nVidia 8800 on some gaming systems so I'm assuming it's better than the one that comes with it??

Gad this is difficult! Or maybe I"m just making it so.. :hair:

SteveDallas 04-15-2008 10:37 PM


Originally Posted by Jan in CA (Post 1095959)
is it better to stick to 3G and go up to 800mhz or go for the 4G and 667 or 800 mhz?????

I'd go for the extra memory myself.

Knitting_Guy 04-16-2008 12:01 AM

Well, as a Linux user I am obligated to say that Winblows sucks and Vista especially.

But as to your question, a faster processor with as much RAM as the board will support is always a good thing. A top notch graphics card helps a lot.

Cynamar 04-16-2008 12:11 AM

I have Vista and all of the Sims games. I bought a new graphics card when I bought the computer and have three gigs of RAM besides the half-gig on the graphics card. Everything on my computer runs fine and I have a LOT on it. Be sure, though, to download updated drivers for a graphics card if you install a new one. They tell you that Vista requires a whole gig of RAM to run properly. I'm not sure if that is really true.

zkimom 04-16-2008 07:26 AM

Hi Jan,

I found this article that may help:


Basically, this guy says that while there is an increase in performance if you increase your RAM from 1 gig to 2 gigs, there isn't a performance increase if you go from 2 gigs to 4 gigs.

So, 3 gigs should be fine.

Just so you know, my dh uses pcs and I think he's gone back to XP on all of them. I don't think I know anyone who actually likes using VISTA.


Cynamar 04-16-2008 10:01 AM

I like it fine but just had to get used to it.

sinistral_needler 04-16-2008 11:52 AM

Vista is fine, it just looks different and take getting used to. I have no complaints about it but I am a casual computer user. (Meaning that I don't use it very much, not that I don't know how to use it, which I DO! :))

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