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Upgrading 1GB to 2GB (4x512) Is this a good option?

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4X512 OR 2X1024

Total: 5 votes

  • 4X512
  • 40 %
  • 2X1024
  • 60 %
February 22, 2006 9:40:41 PM

I recently built a reasonably fast computer. 3500+ 939, 6600gt, a8n sli and so forth. Later this week i'm getting a new Raptor 74gb or 150GB 10000RPM sata. I thought that while i ventured to the local store that i mite as well pick up sum extra ram. I currently have 1GB Corsair Value Select ram in two 512 sticks. I noticed that on higher settings on BF2 that my game shuddered and lagged a bit. I was just wondering whether it's worth upgrading by buying another 2X512MB and putting them in, or whether it's a total waste of money. I'm buying a Raptor this week with it so would this theoretically lower my page file times? The two sticks are about 60 bucks each (CANADIAN DOLLARS)
Any advice is appreciated
thxs
EDIT: also, i realized that my page file in windows task manager says it's constantly using 368M but at the bottom, the commit charge is also 368M/1424M. Does this mean that i'm not using any of my ram at that specific moment? :?
Also, i like to game a lot with the latest games i can find and also multitask lightly, usually running winamp, firefox, msn and other small apps.
The RAM i plan to get is http://www.infonec.com/site/main.php?module=detail&id=3...
keep in mind that's canadian dollars
thxs in advance
February 23, 2006 12:19:11 AM

Keep in mind that running 4 sticks will knock the FSB down to 333. Also some boards will only recognize 3 gb even when you have 4 gb installed.
For better performance you would be better to sell the 2 512s and get two 1gb sticks.
February 23, 2006 12:28:09 AM

so basically, i shuld try to flog the two sticks for a bit and get two 1 GB sticks and run them in duel channel?
also, a stupid question. But what about keeping the two 512MB sticks and adding one 1Gb stick?
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February 23, 2006 1:05:33 AM

I was in exactly the same position as you once...I had 2x512 Geil value ram and was playing battlefield2. I bought exactly the same again(2X512 Geil value ram) and I must say, with two gig battlefield 2 plays much much better. The best results I got by setting my windows page file to zero...try it; you won't be disappointed,

greetz
February 23, 2006 1:24:38 AM

Since you have an AMD 64, 4 sticks is always slower than 2 sticks except when you are using more than 1GB of memory.
February 23, 2006 2:00:20 AM

i understand that four 512 sticks reduces the FSB to 333, but does this make a noticeable performance difference. Will the improvement by a gig of ram show or will the slowed down FSB be more obvious.
basically, is it worth just the two 512 sticks for 100 bucks, or shuld i sell my current two 512's and buy 2 onegig sticks for bout 230 bucks (canadian)

sry guru, but when u said "except when you are using more than 1Gig", does that include two 512's if u get what i mean :?
February 23, 2006 3:15:32 AM

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i understand that four 512 sticks reduces the FSB to 333, but does this make a noticeable performance difference. Will the improvement by a gig of ram show or will the slowed down FSB be more obvious.
basically, is it worth just the two 512 sticks for 100 bucks, or shuld i sell my current two 512's and buy 2 onegig sticks for bout 230 bucks (canadian)

sry guru, but when u said "except when you are using more than 1Gig", does that include two 512's if u get what i mean :?


I had a link to a benchmark where they compared 2x512MB, 4x512MB and 2x1GB. But I can't find it right now. Anyway the difference in performance is very small. 5% tops I think and when memory is used 4x512MB is faster than x512MB. It's not really a big thing....

And yes, I meant 2x512MB when I said "more than 1GB".
February 23, 2006 5:48:56 PM

I'd personally go with 2x1GB... better for overclocking, and it would be a bit faster, I believe. :) 
February 23, 2006 6:39:10 PM

thxs all for the replies
i think i'm just going to shove in another 2X512 so i get 2 gigs of memory with 4X512. As guru said, the difference in performance appears to be minor and i cant be bothered to go out and sell my previous RAm to get 2X1 gigs.
thxs again for all the help, u guys r great
i wont b getting it for a couple of days still so any additional comments r welcome

EDIT: also, i dunt do overclocking (although i'm curious to read sum stuff and get started 8) ) so 2X1 benefit for overclocking doesnt really apply for me. thxs anyway
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