A study of the precision attainable by two methods of -ray photopeak computation has been carried out. The total peak area method (TPA) and the proposed new method have been compared. The method offered is digital and simulates repeatedly accumulations of -ray spectra. The method described here computes the apparent net peak area without a clear distinction between peak and non-peak related channels. The proposed method is considered to be the most advantageous because of its relatively high precision.