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January 19, 2010 7:52:24 PM

I currently run windows XP (32 BIT) with 4GB of RAM.

I am upgrading to Windows 7 64 Bit version.

I have a Asus Motherboard P5K-VM.

My question is about the Ram to buy.

I plan to get 4 x 2GB modules.

Will i not a massive difference between the follow:

DDR2 PC2-8500 CL5 -
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY...

PC2 -6400 (800MHz) DDR2-SDRAM Unbuffered Non-ECC CL6 (as in http://www.lambda-tek.com/componentshop/index.pl?prodID...)

I understand the second the second is slower but will i notice with 8GB? Its a lot cheaper but i dont wanna cripple my machine

On a second point which is going to be quicker PC2-8500 CL5 or PC2-6400 CL4

Cheers

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January 19, 2010 8:22:53 PM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

1- The difference between 800MHz (PC2-6400) and 1066MHz (PC2-8500) isn't significant.

2- For Win 7 x64 is enough with 4GB or 6GB, this depends of your processor.

3- Maybe you never use the 8GB with the games and applications that exist today.
January 21, 2010 11:52:34 AM

Thank you for the help.

I have read that setting up 1066MHz ram can be a bit of a pain. Is it work just sticking to 800Mhz?

Cheers
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January 21, 2010 1:37:02 PM

So its best of going for the cheaper PC28500
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January 21, 2010 2:20:48 PM

azreal1983 said:
So its best of going for the cheaper PC28500


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No, the PC2-8500 is more cheap, but is not too good. The CL is high and the Voltage too (2.1v). The recomended voltage is 1.8V or less.
January 21, 2010 2:22:16 PM

The motherboard can support upto 2.1v
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January 21, 2010 2:43:46 PM

Yea, but isn't recomended.
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