Intel D805 proccy @ 2.66Ghz
Intel 945 GNT oem mobo
1Gb + 512 MB ram in single channel
Win XP 32 bit SP2
I plan on buying new ram stick(s). Ive got 4 ram slots out of which 2 are occupied with 1GB + 512 MB. What would be better, Dual channel (new 1GB + 512 MB in the two remaining slots) or single channel (new 1+ 1GB sticks in the two remaining slots)?
Are there any significant performance gains in dual channel? What will happen if i put sticks of different timings and clock speed in dual channel (like 512 (DDR2 533) + 512 (DDR2 633)? Will it run?
So, what should i buy, 1GB +512 MB or 1GB + 1 GB (my total memory cant go beyond 4GB)?
Also plz tell any tips on what to look out for while buying ram. How do i judge while buying which one performs better?