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Windows 7: Worth upgrading HP DV6-1030US to 8GB of RAM, mostly for Media Center?

16 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Worth upgrading HP DV6-1030US to 8GB of RAM, mostly for Media Center?

The most demanding activity I do on my laptop is watch live TV on Windows Media Center. The picture is mostly smooth, just sometimes a little choppy. The laptop has a Core 2 Duo 2.0 Ghz processor and Intel integrated graphics 4500MHD.

Is it worth it to upgrade to 8GB, or should I save the money toward a new laptop? 8GB costs over $100 on Amazon.

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16 Jan 2012   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unoplayer View Post
The most demanding activity I do on my laptop is watch live TV on Windows Media Center. The picture is mostly smooth, just sometimes a little choppy. The laptop has a Core 2 Duo 2.0 Ghz processor and Intel integrated graphics 4500MHD.

Is it worth it to upgrade to 8GB, or should I save the money toward a new laptop? 8GB costs over $100 on Amazon.

Before upgrading I would figure out what the choppiness is caused by. It may be your Download speed and not the ram.

Add to that the fact that when adding ram you should through the old ram out and buy 8 gigs of new ra, I would be sure

RAM should be purchased all in one package, and all at once or you run the risk of having sticks that dont match
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16 Jan 2012   #3

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

That's very expensive for 8 GB of RAM. Have you checked Newegg or other sources?

You might not need to buy a full 8 anyway, depending on your slot situation and what RAM you have now.

But I'm not sure it would help at any rate.
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16 Jan 2012   #4

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
That's very expensive for 8 GB of RAM.
It's DDR2. Much more expensive than DDR3 SODIMMs at the moment.

At a guess, the upgrade won't help the OP much, if at all.
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16 Jan 2012   #5
whs

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Definitely not worth upgrading the RAM for the stated purpose. Your choppiness is probably more because of the weak graphics facility or your internet line speed.
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16 Jan 2012   #6

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

i agree - ram is not the problem here.

internet tv is highly compressed to reduce bandwidth. the downside is that the computer then has to work hard to uncompress it so you can watch it.

i would say you are better off saving the money towards a new machine. have you thought about selling this machine to recoup some of the cost?
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16 Jan 2012   #7
whs

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Right Mickey, I did not even think of the compression. For the decompression you also need a lot of CPU muscle which a 2GHz CPU may not have.
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16 Jan 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'm watching digital TV through an antenna, not Internet TV. Does that change any of your recommendations? Thanks for all your help.
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16 Jan 2012   #9

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

hmm, it's still compressed.

when you next notice the choppiness, open up task manager (ctrl-alt-delete or right-click on taskbar and select it) and see what your cpu usage is.

(does intergrated gpu usage show up as cpu usage in task manager, geeks?)
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25 Feb 2012   #10

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Is it when it's unplugged that it get choppy?
Make sure your power setting system cooling policy is set to active. Passive mode conserves battery a little but pulls back the power of your cpu to keep it cooler. Will make watching videos very laggy
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