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Processor upgrade on a laptop vs. Ram upgrade. Also does ram always matter? [duplicate]

I have a Dell Inspiron 14r (N4110) with an Intel Core i3 and 4gb of ram. It runs very smoothly, however gaming on this laptop is very limited. This is mostly because of integrated graphics but i have ...
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Upgrading MacBookPro

I'm using a Late 2011 13" MacBook Pro with an Intel i5 @ 2.4 GHz and 4 GB 1333 MHz ram. The computer has started to get older. I was going to upgrade the ram but since Mavericks come out, the ram ...
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What type of RAM can I use to upgrade my system?

My machine certainly isn't the newest one. It can handle most current games when I turn down the settings to medium/low. Core specs are (according to SiSoft Sandra): CPU: Intel i5-2500 RAM: 4GB of ...
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add more RAM or time to get a new computer [closed]

I use a Mac Pro with dual 2.4 Ghz quad-core Xeon processors. The machine has 6 GB of DDR2-667 RAM and two 500 GB drives in RAID 0. I am running OSX Snow Leopard because newer versions of OSX are not ...
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In terms of performance, which processor is more suitable? [closed]

My computer specs: Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3 OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate CPU Socket: LGA775 CPU: Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor E4300 (2M Cache, 1.80 GHz, 800 MHz FSB) After I bought new ...
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How do I know that my laptop need more memory?

I sometimes feel that my laptop works slowly because of lack of memory (when I have LOTS of browser windows open or when I am running graphics applications or computer games) but I am not sure if the ...
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Why does my Mac OS X installation get so much slower with time? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I increase the performance of Mac OS X? I used a Mac OS X installation for approximately 4 years. Within this time period I upgraded from Tiger to Leopard to ...
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Getting More Performance out of a MacBook Pro

So I've got a mid-2009 MacBook Pro 13". Integrated GPU so not a games machine but fast enough for doing .Net development in VMs. I love the little thing and wanted to give it a Christmas present so ...
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Upgrading a computer with having only two options: RAM or CPU?

I have a computer and I want to upgrade it with the least costs and get the best performance consequently which way is the best? upgrading RAM or CPU? Any help is appreciated.
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Does Seven suffer of a performance decrease compared to Windows Vista?

I have to format and reinstall Windows on an old laptop (bought around 3 years ago) because of usual degradation of performance of Microsoft operating systems.. The computer had Windows Vista and I ...
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What things do I have to have in mind when buying a video card?

My current specs are as follows: Motherboard: ASuS P5NSlI Processor: Pentium D Dual Core 2.8Ghz RAM: 2GB DDR2 Video Card: XFX NVidia 9400GT I am having some video performance issues in my PC games ...
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What's the highest performance Socket 478 processor at 133MHz FSB?

Looking to upgrade an older box that has an Asus P4S8X-MX mobo.
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Photoshop performance gain - ram/disk

What performance gain would i expect to see when going from a 2.4GHz, 4GB RAM (2+2), 250GB 5400RPM system to a 2.4GHz, 6GB Ram (4+2), 128GB Falcon SSD (230/190mb/s)? (Ram is 1066Mhz) In particular im ...
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Snow Leopard upgrade is slow, I have 3 possible solutions, which would you recommend?

About two weeks ago I upgraded from the latest OSX Tiger to Snow Leopard using the $29 upgrade disc, and the first day everything seemed good. Now my imac has slowed significantly if I have multiple ...
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I'm running Symantec AntiVirus at work, what is the equivalent Norton version?

I'm running Symantec AntiVirus (i.e. Norton AntiVirus) at work: Program: 10.1.6.6000 Scan engine: 91.2.0.30 The About box says Copyright 2006 (not a good sign) As a home user, I've never been a ...
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Snow Leopard sluggish after upgrade from Leopard

I recently upgraded from Leopard to Snow Leopard on my white Macbook (mid-2007) and immediately noticed a bunch of performance issues: Finder is a lot slower at displaying the Applications folder. ...
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Tools to find bottlenecks in hardware configuration

I'm thinking of upgrading my notebook and I want to find the tightest bottlenecks in its hardware configuration to target my money in the most efficient way. So what software tool can you recommend to ...
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System performance myths [closed]

What are examples of advice on system performance, maintenance or upgrade that don't actually provide benefit or can actually result in detrimental changes? As examples: Zapping the PRAM on a Mac ...
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Onboard video vs. PCI-E video card

Would a separate PCI-E video card provide benefits to a user who currently uses onboard video? The onboard video card is on an Intel DG35EC. The onboard video is Intel Graphics Media Accelerator ...
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Measuring performance before and after upgrade

What is the best free software to measure computer performance? I want to make couple of small upgrades and i'd like to see if they were worth the money/time spent.