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(3x1GB) or (2x1GB and 2x512MB) for upgrading RAM?


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#1 Ryan 3000

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Posted 05 July 2009 - 01:30 PM

I've got a Dell Dimension 8400 and it's not the most impressive piece, probably 4 years old now? Anyway, I want to upgrade the RAM to 3GB, among other upgrades, and I've got two dual-channel pairs on my mobo, 4 RAM slots in all. It's DDR2 max 667. My question is, should I buy 3x1GB sticks, and have 1 stick out of dual-channel, or buy 2x1GB and 2x512MB, to keep dual-channel?
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Posted 05 July 2009 - 01:41 PM

Why 3GB? Seems odd, to me.

FWIW, I have XP with 4GB on this system and 3.37GB available right now (4GB minus onboard video, etc.).

I would just get two 2GB sticks, probably a little cheaper with no dilution of quality...edited to say that 1GB is the largest module that system takes.

http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.asp...dia%20Center%29 OR http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.asp...208400%20Series

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Posted 05 July 2009 - 01:48 PM

The reason I ask is because I already have 2x1GB in the system. To get up to 3GB, near the max for XP 32-bit, I would simply buy a 2x512MB partner for the RAM I've already got in-system. Since I'm trying to get the most performance, but save money, I suppose my question breaks down to: is 2x512MB equal to 1x1GB in performance?
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Posted 05 July 2009 - 02:28 PM

Do you ever run out of ram now? 2 Gigs is plenty with xp and all the single core cpu's I see.
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Posted 05 July 2009 - 04:29 PM

I'm not sure, I don't know how to gauge it. When I ran Everest on idle, I came up with 798MB consumed, I assume Crysis would take it up a notch? Probably most games keep below 2GB but I want to be prepared to handle newer games as well as I can.
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