Should I upgrade my rdram, or buy a dvd burner?

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  1. JohnTKline

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    Hey, just wanted to see what you all would do. I've got 256MB of RDRAM now(2 128Mb 1066mhz), but I thought of upgrading to 512MB or 768MB total. Or I could buy a dvd burner and start putting my mini dv's onto dvd, and start learning how to do that.
    Should I wait until prices drop further on dvd recorders and get faster or what?

    john
     
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    I would get your ram up to at least 512, then go for the burner.
     
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    Ditto what Kyle said; however, if you are upgrading memory just for the sake of upgrading and not for any noticable system performance issues, then just go for the burner.
     
  4. JohnTKline

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    Well I'd like to know I had enough memory to do video editing with my home movies and for other pc games,etc. I've got two more available slots for memory so I could just get 2- 128mb chips, or opt for the 2- 256mb ones so I'd have 768.(Or 2- 512mb chips, but that would be costly!)
    My motherboard supports 2 GB of ram, but I don't really wanna attempt that!

    John
     
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    RAM is cheap...do both!
    You can probably double your RAM for $60.
     
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    Where can you find 128MB 1066 RDRAM for $30 each? I'm looking to add 512MB 800 RDRAM to my Dell. But I can't fathom paying $288 ($144x2).

    BTW, I see that one criteria for RDRAM will say 40ns or 45ns. What is the significance of this and does it have to match that particular criteria in your system? The Dell memory does not list this but I've seen it listed on Kingston's website.
     
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    Upgrading to 512MB (2x256) would run you about $180 using 1066 RDRAM. It would cost less if you can resell your old 128MB RIMMs for a market value.

    4X DVD-RW go for $200 or less nowadays. I can regularly find a Cendyne 4X DVD-RW (rebadged Pioneer A05) for $170 after MIR at my local Fry's.

    The RAM would be a good general purchase, you may see a small increase in normal everyday productivity and a larger one in RAM-intensive apps.

    A 4X DVD-RW would record full 4.7GB discs in 15 minutes, but 4X media is between $1.50-$2.00 per disc.
     
  9. Camp

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    Sorry...I missed the RDRAM part. :b
     
  10. JohnTKline

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    Masood Ali- Hey that's a good point that I could buy 2 256mb sticks, have 512 total, then sell my 2-128 sticks on ebay I suppose. I wonder if there are any sites that buy back rdram or trade-in??


    john
     
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    I personally would check out your Commit Charge (Total & Peak) in your Windows Task Manager. If you never use more than 256MB peak (or so), then I'd suggest getting the DVD burner.
     

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