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DS3L - Want 4GB memory - which 2x2 will work? (**UPDATE FROM GB)

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March 9, 2008 5:26:31 AM

I'd like 4GB (DDR2/800) of memory on my DS3L board using just 2 sticks (2x2). However, when looking at GA's website of approved memory, there are NO 2GB sticks on the list AT ALL. Just 1GB...

Any advice? I was going to go with Kingston HyperX 2GB (2 x 1GB) memory (on the QVL), but... I want more memory now.

A-Data is ALL over GA's QVL on it's website but just not in a 2GB stick, and A-Data has a 4GB 2x2 kit; think that's the safest bet? Or just do what everyone else does and get some G.Skill?

I just want whatever is most likely to cause the least problems. :)  Maybe ya'll can recommend?

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UPDATE!!! I heard back from Gigabyte, for those interested, here's the 2GB stick of memory they recommended to me;

"hello,
please log on this web for corsair memory which have been tested P35-DS3L board and refer to their 2G size model :
http://corsair.com/configurator/product_results.aspx?id..."

Here's the details from the link;

Details for TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX
Memory Type » DDR2-800 (XMS2-6400C4)
Size » 2GB Kit (2 x 1GB)
Latency » 4-4-4-12-2T
» 2.1v
Format » 240-pin DIMM
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March 9, 2008 11:39:23 PM

Update... I e-mailed GB's support for assistance... probably won't get a response but I'll let ya'll know if I do.
March 9, 2008 11:59:21 PM

Check my configuration. It works beautifully.
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March 10, 2008 12:12:28 AM

I saw a couple of people build a DS3L with OCZ Reaper modules so I guess it would be safe. You have 2 choices depending on how much you want to pay: CAS5 for 61$ after MIR or CAS4 for 96$ after MIR (heard this one might overclock better)
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March 10, 2008 1:31:56 AM

OCZ Vista Upgrade DDR2-800 will work, and it's the cheapest 2x2GB DDR2-800 at my local shop. I'm using it with my DS3R.
March 10, 2008 1:33:05 AM

homerdog said:
Check my configuration. It works beautifully.



Homerdog, how does Vista 64 treat your system with 4GB? Does that feel like enough?
March 10, 2008 2:39:33 AM

Motherboard manufacturers don't seem to keep up with memory at all, but you rarely hear of incompatibilities any more. I just buy memory and assume it will work. My friends and I usually buy Patriot memory due to price/performance. Right now I'm running a 2x2GB DDR2-800 kit that's really solid. They always seem to have good rebate deals on newegg, but you do have to save the rebate immediately because they cycle them every two weeks and you can't find them when you need to send it off.
March 10, 2008 12:56:35 PM

SpinachEater said:
Homerdog, how does Vista 64 treat your system with 4GB? Does that feel like enough?

I feels like plenty. I can run multiple games at the same time, not that I would ever want to...
March 10, 2008 9:45:08 PM

Well, the G.Skill 4GB (2x2) cas-4 seems to be on many people's config these days. The price is right too, I'm on a budget..

I plan on OC'ing an e2160 ($70, hope to push to 3GHz maybe) to hold me over until the 45nm's prices come down in price, so hopefully this memory can take it!!
March 10, 2008 9:50:44 PM

homerdog said:
I feels like plenty. I can run multiple games at the same time, not that I would ever want to...



Wow, you can play two games at the same time? Screw the RAM, how do you even do that? :ouch: 

Haha, jk. 4GB seems to be the new 2GB. Just checking if Vista 64 agrees with that or not.
March 10, 2008 10:09:43 PM

SpinachEater said:
Wow, you can play two games at the same time? Screw the RAM, how do you even do that? :ouch: 

Nah, I'm not that good. I just tried it out one day because I was bored. Although I guess I could get in a round of TF2 while I'm waiting for my capship to finish building in Sins :p 

But seriously, even 2GB should be plenty of RAM for most if not all games right now. I just got 4 because the stuff is so cheap and I might need it some day.
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March 10, 2008 10:35:21 PM

Go to the web site for the memory you are considering. They will usually have a configurator which will tell you which parts will run on your mobo. Corsair 6400C5 should work, along with others.
March 12, 2008 8:02:17 PM

I edited the very first post in this thread to show gigabyte's response to my question..... FYI
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March 12, 2008 8:48:50 PM

Crucial just released 2*2GB a few days ago. So you might want to check it out.
a c 105 } Memory
a c 245 V Motherboard
March 12, 2008 9:45:12 PM

@MichaelPBFL: Good job on the update. So many times the OP gets an answer, leaving the contributors guessing.

On Corsair, the DHX models are the same as their basic counterparts, except for a fancier heat spreader. Get whichever is cheaper, the spreaders don't reallly help. they just look good.
March 13, 2008 12:33:33 AM

Sometimes I swear the heatspreaders actually hurt. If they're big enough they don't leave much room between the RAM sticks for airflow.
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