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#1 attak sekwence

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 02:52 AM

So I'm building a media PC using mostly old components and I have 2 options for ram. This is not going to be a heavy use machine running games or anything intense. Multi-tasking will also be at a minimum using xbmc software.

I have 2x 1 GB sticks of crucial gaming RAM dual channel, heat shields attached, extremely low latencies something like 6,6,6,20 or 22

or 1x stick of crucial 2gb budget ram very high latency 11,11,11,24 or 26 and one stick of the 1 GB crucial ballistex from above

specs are approximate because I don't want to go downstairs and ground my self and all that to look up the actual specs lol but I know I am in the ball park. I know they are the same clock rate as well. The ballistex was extremely fast and the budget ram was very slow. In concept is it better to go with a higher amount of available memory and slower access times. Or less memory with fast access times. I apologize for my laziness :P

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 08:45 AM

I f this computer is capable of running the RAM in dual channel I would go with the matched pair. Running in dual channel reduces some of the bottleneck between the RAM and the CPU.

Edit: The reason that I suggested the matched pair is because the RAM being used in dual channel will perform at its optimum when the module are matched.

It would help to know the make and model of the motherboard. It would also help if we knew what operating system you will be using.Posted Image

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 03:31 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157274


thats the motherboard

dual channel is supported

crucial ballistex ram was listed as 4-4-4-12

crucial value ram 11-11-11-24


OS to be determined, it may be XP running xmbc on top of it
or it could be linux not sure which distro i will choose yet as there are many media PC oriented flavors like geexbox, an xmbc operating system and quite a few others and they vary from what base distro they are built off of (ubuntu, kubuntu, fedora, opensuse, and red hat are some of the common options I've seen)

I think I'll go with the ballistex




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