Faster Matched Betting - Original by Doomed
This is probably bleedin' obvious but I will post anyway.
I have been cursing my laptop over the last few months for its slovenly performance. This happens most of the time but particularly when I want to take odds before they disappear. It is a big problem for MB-ing as I necessarily need to have quite a few tabs open in my browser at the same time and this consumes large amounts of memory, thereby grinding my laptop to a halt. Certain sites are extremely greedy - stanjames, 188bet, Mansion88 to name but a few.
My laptop is not that old - 3 years - and has a reasonable processor - Intel Core Duo T2300 processor (1.66GHz, 667MHz FSB). But what was letting it down was its 512MB of memory. I hadn't really appreciated how easy and inexpensive it now is to upgrade the memory. I did a bit of googling and found that my laptop could take 2x2GB of memory. I then checked ebuyer.com who I have used before and found very good: a 2GB card for under £20. All the reviews (which ebuyer display on their website) were positive so I bought 2. And now my laptop can run with multiple tabs open all day and its performance seems only to be affected by the internet connection or speed of the website's server. No more cursing.
I should have done this a long time ago.
BTW if you use ebuyer, select the cheapest delivery option - it's difficult to imagine how the stuff can come any quicker.
Have a plan and stick to it
That's true only for 32-bit systems (although I believe I have read somewhere that there's some way around this issue). The 64-bit ones will use as much as you provide them with.
Originally Posted by nixonite
Ebuyer are cracking, have used em for years and the reviews make it a lot easier deciding what's worth getting and what's not.
I have to upgrade this machine I'm on right now desperately as well, it's an old Athlon XP 1500 - about 5 yrs old - and the main problem is the CPU, just doesn't cut it at all...
So I'm trying to decide right now whether to splash out on the new Intel i7 CPU or whether to just go for the older Core Duo type system (well, go for a quad core q7770 is it?).
The trouble is the older core duo architecture as I understand it is now obsolete - so even though they're still selling them for a couple more years, they won't be doing any more production on them. All of the new work will go on the i7 series instead. And the i7 cost about twice as much as the current CPUs... so I don't know what to do, whether to hang around and wait a while until the prices come down or just jump in and go for the i7.
I have to admit I'm just about persuaded to go for the i7, will end up costing at least £800 I think, but should last another 5-10 yrs hopefully.
And re the memory thing 32bit vs 64bit, I only just found out recently what dulence says above re memory limits... I'm definitely going for a 64bit version of Vista for my new box, get in 24Gb memory
Just wait til the forthcoming tale of my gramophone upgrade.
Originally Posted by nixonite
Does vinyl still exist?! Or is that the reason for the upgrade?
Most of the high street vinyl shops in midlands are disappearing very quick (not that I'm a huge fan of vinyl but I have a mate who is and get regular updates on how rare it's becoming!).
I cannot recommend Crucial highly enough when it comes to RAM. I've been using them for years & they are quite simply peerless (IMO).
Their site will scan your machine for you (if you want it to) & tell you what RAM you currently have, what the max allowable is etc - then provide a link for you to buy it from them. They are cheap & delivery is very quick.
Never EVER upgrade memory at POS when buying a laptop or desktop (e.g. from somewhere like Dell). Buy it with the least memory possible then upgrade via Crucial.
(disclaimer - needless to say no connection with them)
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