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Upgrading RAM in GA-P35-DS3L - help please

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April 7, 2010 5:40:53 AM

Greetings,

I am looking to add some RAM to my existing (2gb RAM) system and don't have a ton of experience with mixing/matching RAM/mobos, etc. I use my computer for things like Maya, After Effects, and Premiere and I'm thinking that beefing up the RAM will help the performance. I'm thinking of going to 4gb but if anyone thinks 8gb is doable, please let me know. I really just want to know what RAM to buy. Also, should I be swapping out the old RAM for the new, or can I combine them? I'm not really into heavy overclocking or anything too fancy. This computer is about 2.5 years old and has held up very well so far....

Below are my current specs...thanks!

Win XP 32bit Home

EVGA E-GEFORCE 8800GTS 500MHZ 320MB 1.6GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDTV HDCP DIRECTX10 Video Card
(I've softmodded this card to a quadro fx 4600)

Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Dual Core Processor LGA775 Conroe 2.66GHZ 1333FSB 4MB

Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L ATX LGA775 P35 1333FSB 1PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 3PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN Motherboard

OCZ Platinum XTC REV.2 PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 CL4-4-4-15 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit

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April 7, 2010 10:15:05 AM

I would look for some used on craigslist. You might find 2 gb for around $30. I've used patriot, pny, samsung, corsair, kingston, and crucial. All work fine. Or you can sell your old ram first, and get a 2x2gb kit. I've also seen those as low as $50 on craigslist. Be patient; no need to hurry. DDr2 prices have stabilized lately.
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April 7, 2010 2:24:42 PM

The cheapest and simplest thing to do would be to buy another 2x1gb kit of DDR2-800 CL4 ram and add it to your system. The brand really doesn't matter. Don't bother getting more than 4gb total because WinXP x32 can only use 4gb of ram maximum.
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April 7, 2010 2:34:17 PM

orangegator said:
Don't bother getting more than 4gb total because WinXP x32 can only use 4gb of ram maximum.
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Although 8GB will work just fine on that board (I got 8GB on mine :p ), there is no point if you don't have a 64 bit OS. And if you are wondering, Windows XP 64 bits is NOT good; the only viable option is Windows 7 (or Vista if you can get it much cheaper than Windows 7).
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April 8, 2010 2:14:18 AM

+1 for above post.
DO NOT get XP x64 now since Win 7 runs MUCH better. I'v used x64 OSes since XP x64, and I can tell you Win 7 x64 wins hands down in terms of drivers,etc.
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April 8, 2010 3:06:05 AM

I also used Vista 64 bits for a while and it's ok, Windows 7 is better. All the horror story you might have heard about 64 bits probably come from XP 64 bits so you be the judge ;) 
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April 9, 2010 5:08:59 AM

thanks for the advice..i'll look into getting more of the same RAM that i currently have to get me up to a total of 4gb

thanks again!
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April 13, 2010 5:46:15 PM

Best answer selected by JubbaTheHott.
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