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  1. #1
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    RAM or Processing Speed; Which is More Important For My Site?

    I currently have 2 clustered dedicated servers. They are both Pentium 4 2.8Ghz , and they both have 1GB of RAM. I run a very resource intensive website (forums, file creation/editing) and have a lot of processess going on at the same time. Currently I have absolutely no issues with downtime at all; however I would like to increase the performance of the main server in the cluster.
    Would I be better off spending my money on upgrading the processor from 2.8Ghz to 3.4Ghz, or would I be better of upgrading my RAM from 1GB to 2GB. Also exactly what would each change affect?

    Many thanks!

    And BTW on WHM here are my load averages:
    Server Load 0.25 (2 cpus)
    Memory Used 48.4 %
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    Probably better to have more Ram and less CPU than the other way around.

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    You should get the RAM upgraded. I wouldn't run any resource intensive website on anything less then 2GB.

    Going from a 2.8ghz to 3.4 ghz CPU doesn't give as much of a performance boost as you may expect... especially if you aren't upgrading to a Xeon 3.4.
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    Well the two servers are clustered, so it comes out to a toal of 2GB.
    Anyway... thanks guys

    I think I'm going to look into a RAM upgrade over a processor upgrade.
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    Well that's still 1GB per box. Having 2GB per box will definitly help.
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    Well after experiencing my first downtime yesterday, I have gone with an upgrade to 2GB of RAM.

    Thanks
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    Caching will help you a lot! Hence the need of more RAM. I once had to tweak a site and I found that I could lower the server load by half if I used theoretically twice the storage space by caching the generated HTML content. The parser was the upstream culprit but overall even now after I have optimized the parser the caching continues to lower server load by around 15-20%.

    I've heard a lot of people who've overclocked their CPUs from their stock before and they haven't really noticed any difference. The high GHz is to win benchmarks, and a higher benchmark point doesn't always mean a better result.
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