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4x1Gb or 2x2Gb PC2-6400

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November 28, 2007 11:15:22 AM

Hi guys,
I'm getting 4Gb of PC2-6400.

Which is the better option:
4x1Gb sticks
or
2x2Gb sticks

Both cost about the same.

I'm not interested in upgrading later. By the time I'll get around to upgrading next I'll have to replace everything.

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November 28, 2007 12:24:46 PM

2x2GB.

1.) You never know when you may need to upgrade, so it doesn't hurt to have more room.

2.) Its much easier to OC with (2) sticks of memory than it is to with (4).

3.) Less chance of having a bad stick.

4.) Less strain on your mobo.
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November 28, 2007 12:37:59 PM

2x2gb
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November 28, 2007 1:17:01 PM

Also 2x2GB should use less power.
a b } Memory
November 28, 2007 1:40:06 PM

forgot to say, what are the timings of those rams ?
November 28, 2007 2:07:23 PM

The 4x1Gb kit is:
Crucial Ballistix BL2KIT12864AA80 4-4-4-12

The 2x2Gb kit is:
OCZ OCZ2VU8004GK 5-6-6-18
or
OCZ Reaper OCZ2RPR800C44GK 4-4-4-15
a b } Memory
November 28, 2007 3:48:16 PM

Well the Crucial one has better timings compared to the OCZ one, but
4-4-4-12 doesnt have alot of difference with 4-4-4-15,and alsoe the Reaper one has a better cooling so go with the Reaper
November 28, 2007 5:19:23 PM

Thanks Maziar for the advice.
I see from your sig that you use OCZ Reaper, so I think I'll go with that.
November 28, 2007 5:35:20 PM

What OS will you be using?

If its Windows XP 32-bit, may I suggest you look into:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/237740

XP CAN handle a maximum of 4, but you may want to confirm your motherboard can handle it.
November 28, 2007 5:51:13 PM

Thanks blueeyesm for the advice. I'll be using Vista 64-bit so I'll be ok with the 4Gb limit of 32-bit.
I'll be using an Asus Striker Extreme - I havent 100% checked yet but I'm pretty sure it should work.
a b } Memory
November 29, 2007 4:53:07 AM

They will fit fine on StrikerExtreme, however if u still havent bough the Striker, then go for ASUS P5N32-E SLI PLUS, its alot cheaper and has the same features (the reason that Striker is expensive is that it has some extra features like LCD poster and also ASUS has called it a gaming motherboard which is mainly advertising)

Good Luck
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