Hi all, not so new here, was on years ago but forgot details, ok heres my problem:
a month ago my other computer decided to play up, by which I mean either Shutting itself off instantly or showing a BSOD - it was quite a humid time and the computer got quite hot from time to time, but even when cool and had just started running it, it decided after 5 minutes to shut off again, now recently it seems to be fine, just abit laggy in the games department and abit on the slow side in general ie opening a web browser.
The computer itself is not a new machine but likes to be upgraded type of thing, and is currently running:
AMD Athlon 64 3200+
AsusTek K8N Motherboard
2x 512mb Samsung DDR PC3200 Memory
NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GS 256mb Graphics Card
Even now that the computer is running better and has stopped the hissy-fits shut downs and BSOD's the CPU Usage is usually not far off 100% but manage to play World of Warcraft for a full night, the game loads up longer than about 6 months ago but its manageable, but none the less is still a cause for concern.
The Hard Drive is new less than 3 months old (I consider as new anyway) so I am ruling it out, and it is a fresh install with no viruses or any downloads, just warcraft and all windows standard installs.
I will be upgrading Graphics cards soon, however I am thinking the main problem lies within either the CPU or Memory, one of my main questions is...
my motherboard has 3 memory slots and I want to increase my memory to 2gb which is standard everywhere nowerdays, if completly honest I dont know enough about memory because you have to pair them?
is it possible to have:
2x 512MB and
1x 1GB sticks?
I am on Crucial
at the moment and they have suggested some memory, would I be safe in putting this in?...
"1GB, 184-pin DIMM, DDR PC3200 memory module"
or does it have to be identical to the ones I have in already?
one last thing, CPU with high CPU usage is it more likely CPU or Memory, what would be my best option?
Thanks in Advance.