Components for Building Computers From Scratch/Processor


QUESTION: My problem is that the desktop I use sometimes runs slow and stalls
The operating system is Windows 7 Ultimate
The  processor  is a 1.65 gigahertz Intel Pentium dual.

The amount of RAM I have is 2 Gigabytes and the hard drive has 119.91 Gigabytes of usable  capacity.

I think I may need a faster processor
Can you recommend what type of processor I should get and how many gigahertz I may need?

ANSWER: I can't say this with 100% certainty but I think with a dual core processor and Windows 7, you are not running enough RAM. If your OS is 64bit you can go over 4GB (if your motherboard will hold that much), but I bet it will hold 4GB. Get back with me on what kind of motherboard you have and I can be more certain about the RAM. In my experience the easiest and most expensive way to increase the performance of a PC is to install the maximum amount of RAM that is compatible with the motherboard.

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QUESTION: My system is 32-bit .
The motherboard is an Abit IP35 pro.

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The maximum amount of RAM your motherboard will hold is 8GB. You should at least go up to 4 and do some research into whether you would have to upgrade to a 64 bit OS or just do a BIOS update to add even more. I am 99.9% sure the reason your system is sluggish is because of a bottleneck that is occurring due to lack of RAM. If you are doing anything video intensive and not running a video card, the onboard video chip uses RAM also.
I would advise going to to buy more RAM.

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Keith Davis


I can answer most any question in this category for the home desktop builder and for most gaming PC builders. This includes what kind of case, cooling products, overclocking, all hardware, software, and safety issues. I can also advise on where the best sources for purchasing hardware are on the net.


100's of system builds from Win 2k through Win7 for customers as a self-employed PC technician with 100% customer satisfaction. Most experienced with XP and Vista.

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