2Gb DDR2 1066 vs 4Gb DDR2 800 ?

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  1. maxsilver

    maxsilver New Member

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    Well actually it seems that those 2 options cost about the same and I am wondering which one would give a better performance.

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    Windows Vista 32

    thanks in adavance :)
     
  2. soprano_boy

    soprano_boy Master Guru

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    i donno lol i would say the 4gb of 800 but i could be wrong i would like to know this as well
     
  3. Pzykotik

    Pzykotik Ancient Guru

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    4gb of 800Mhz, somebody's explained the math behind all the speeds of memory and that and 800Mhz is fine.
     
  4. acrane76

    acrane76 Member

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    The 2G 1066 especially since you are using 32 bit OS.

    If you want to use the 4G then you need to install a 64 bit OS. You can try the 4G at 1066, but you will have to loosen the timings most likely. I still haven't seen a great benefit of 64bit gaming at this time. Once games are developed to take advantage of the 64 bit architecture only then will you see any benefit. Drivers and compatiblilty seems to be of concern running 64bit.
     
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  5. v3x?

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    depends what latency/make/OC ability of each
     
  6. zigihammer

    zigihammer Master Guru

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    For 32bit OS 2GB, for 64bit OS.

    4GB 800MHz > 2GB 1066MHz for 64 bit Vista
    2GB is fine for 32bit OS (max is 3.5 +/-)
     
  7. Keitosha

    Keitosha Ancient Guru

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    A simple rule now: go for the bigger ram. PC6400 ram is fast enough and you can switch to windows 64-bit later on (why not?).
     
  8. Pzykotik

    Pzykotik Ancient Guru

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    Why would anybody suggest only getting 2Gb of RAM because Windows Xp only sees 3.5? For one the extra gig and a half could come in useful, secondly for the same price he's ready to upgrade to Vista without the need to buy more ram and thirdly... Well I don't have a thirdly, it's stupid to only get 2Gb when 4 is the same price.
     
  9. N00bst3r

    N00bst3r Master Guru

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    Id also get Vista 64bit instead of the 32bit one. I mean if your going to by a new OS you might as well get one that will last you a while with 64bit and DX10 functionality. Also Crysis runs in 64bit mode as well as HL2/Farcry and supreme comander if i recall. Still, get the 4Gb you might not need it now, but you will some time.
     
  10. RKOver

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    You can get 4GB DDR2 800 and overclock them nearly to 1000MHz :).
     

  11. isidore

    isidore Ancient Guru

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    4gb of A-Data vitesta ddr2 800+ extreme ..oc them to 1100 with 2.1 voltage increase very stable..:)...and they're very cheap...and very good performance..

    here's the review http://www.guru3d.com/article/memory/475/

    i'm considering of buying them very soon...
     
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  12. Wicken

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    you can get 4 gigs of gskill DDR1000 memory on newegg for 99 bucks. That can be oc to 1066 with very little effort.

    That's the route I took anyway.
     
  13. yep go for 4 gigs, I recommend the g.skill kit as well.
     
  14. bLinkZor

    bLinkZor Maha Guru

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    Is this kit good right here? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122
    sorry for posting in this forum because I recently made another forum about this and no one posted anything.

    What RAM would run @ 4-4-4-12 T1?? because my sticks are running at 4-4-4-12 T2 and Ive just got done building a new computer for my friend and it was the OCZ reaper and the timings were 4-4-4-15 T1 and it loads his computer very fast than mines.
     
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  15. maxsilver

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    Thank you to all that replied. It was really helpfull although not everybody agreed on the same answer :) .

    I'm not much onto overclocking, although I plan to star with this system (after reading how much potential Wolfdale has got), so I decided to buy a fast memory and not mess to much with Voltages on memory when OC.

    At the end I decided to go fo 4Gb of DDR2 1066 :dave: .. I think it has all the advantadges, except the money :bang: (but it was just the last strech).

    I will keep Vista 32bits.. and will wait probably until I update to Nehalem architeture in couple of years to go 64. Still 3,5Gb will be better than 2Gb.

    Again. thank you all for helping make up my mind. :smile:
     

  16. RandyB

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    Yeah, G.Skill! :bounce:
    I don't know why you peeps, building a brand new, contemporary system even consider 32bit Vista!
    I just had a thought (I get at least one per year:banana:) ; on the one hand, we've got peeps complaining that their 'puter won't use enough of their RAM; on the other, we have peeps complaining that their 'puter is using too much of their RAM. :bounce:

    Vista's using half of my RAM - I need more! :banana:
     

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