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What To Do For Ram In A New Build


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#1 bentheimmigrant

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 10:07 AM

So I'm planning a new PC, and thinking about 4Gb of Ram (DDR2 800, PC6400) ... The question I have is, would it be better to use all four slots on the mobo with 1 gig each, or would a 2x2Gb setup work better? The timings on the RAM would probably be 4-4-4-12 for the 1Gb modules and 5-5-5-15 for the 2Gb ones. The pricing works out about the same... Or would I want to pay an extra 10 % for 2x2Gb at 4-4-4-12?

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 11:05 AM

I don't think that it will make a significant difference as long as you use matched pairs. The downside to using 4 - 1gB sticks would come if you decide to use more than 4 gB of RAM.

Beware the limitations of 32 bit versions of Windows with 4 gB of RAM (Windows will generally only recognized 3.26 gB or so of it). I'd recommend a 64 bit OS to take full advantage of the RAM that you have.
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Posted 22 January 2008 - 01:18 PM

That is the other question... I have been trying to plan with a view to expand in the future (spending an extra $20 here and there to make sure I can do things like go SLI if that's where the wind takes me). But I figured if there was a marked increase in performance I'd go for 4x1Gb.... I'm leaning towards the pair of 2Gb so I can max out to 8Gb whenever I get bored and have extra money around (unfortunately these two things rarely go hand in hand)...

The site I'm planning on buying most everything from has Vista 32 bit and 64 bit for almost the same price (there's like $3 in it)...

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 01:57 PM

Ive read many times to just go with the 5-5-5-15 timmings unless your a diehard overclocker. If your just running comp a stock speed supposedly youll only see a difference in benchmarks or 3D scores.
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