PC hardware forum: RAM vs Processor Speed: When does more RAM become pointless?

by: TBermudez June 20, 2008 7:26 PM PDT

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RAM vs Processor Speed: When does more RAM become pointless?

by TBermudez - 6/20/08 7:26 PM

I'm no whiz when it comes to computers, but I have taught myself a good amount. In fact, I would say I know a good deal more than the average person (which isn't saying much). However, I have a bit of a conundrum I have been trying to get a handle on for some time now.

From what I understand is that RAM is mainly what will enhance your computers performance and speed. However, you still need to have a decent processor speed.

My question is (1) when does adding more RAM become basically pointless or does it ever become pointless. If I have an 2.01GHz AMD Sempron Processor with 1GB of RAM, will it noticeably boost my computers performance and speed if I were to upgrade to 2GB of RAM?

(2) Is there ever a point when I should either upgrade my processor or buy a new system all together?

In otherwords, is it worth having 4GB of RAM if you have a slow processor speed of say 1.67GHz or maybe even lower?

(3) Is there some kind of equation or standard that I should consider when upgrading RAM on any computer compared to processor speed?

Any help or information regarding this conundrum would go a long way.

Thanks,
JO

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