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Need help in RAM configuration.

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March 16, 2009 2:50:24 AM

Hi,

My current config is

Intel D805 proccy @ 2.66Ghz
Intel 945 GNT oem mobo
Nvidia 6200
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?

Thanks!

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March 16, 2009 1:25:07 PM

Yes, you could add another 1 gig and 512 gig to get dual channel.
Buy memory that is the same timings, voltage, speed, and preferably the same make of what you have already.
March 16, 2009 1:38:53 PM

what if timings and speeds are different? Will the other ram automatically downgrade itself?
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