What is your current hardware?
P4-2.4 FSB533, 1GB dual channel ram. Raedon 9800, 2x WD1000BB, gibit onboard lan on a P4P800 SE mobo.
And..... in case ofloading to a network is an option.
P4-1.8 FSB400, 768MB memory, Matrox G450 dual head, WD300BB, NC7131 Intel server nic.
Plus some incomplete dual P3 500Mhz with onboard scsi.
Memory bandwidth usually isn't as important as the amount of memory you have. I would definitely recommend at least 2GB of RAM if you're running large SQL queeries
I'll try 2x512MB extra. That way I still have 2GB dual channel.
But I have little hope because even with 600MB free memory windows decides to swap to disk.
So I expect just 1GB extra to be unused.
Don't get me wrong, it's not mistrust in your advice but more that I think something is configured wrong.
URLs and info about dual CPU.
I need some reading before I can comment on that info.
But I would liek to ask a quick question.
Do 'normal' apps benifit from HT and/or dual CPU.
Say I only run excel. Does excel run on CPU-1 and windows itself on CPU-2?
One of the apps I use isn't updated anymore and is written in 1999-2000.
So likely unaware of HT?
The other app is only a few months old. It needs .NET framework.
Will that benefit from the new hardware?
And everyday tasks like winrar, surfing, etc.?
I have no problem spending some $ But I want to avoid that half of my PC is never used
because I use the 'wrong' apps.
Thanks for all the feedback sofar.
My 'dillema' still isn't solved but I already have some good
pointers in the right direction.
And that's a big step :-)