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Upgrade from 2gb ddrII 667 to 4gb ddrII 800 or 1066?

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July 31, 2010 8:28:36 PM

hey guys,
i'm looking to upgrade my ram. i use my system for some gaming and its always on...either playing music or downloading...never ever gonna overclock, and i want my system to be stable and as quick as possible without any crashes.

here's my specs so far:

intel e7400
asus p5q se plus
mushkin 2gb ddr II 667
ocz mod stream 520 watt

i'm looking into a 800 or 1066...dont know what difference i'll be getting.
for sure i'm looking at 4gb's because i'll be running windows xp 32 bit or windows 7 32 bit.

please help me decide on my speeds and which type of ram to get!
a b } Memory
July 31, 2010 10:00:23 PM

If you're not ever going to overclock then another kit of DDR2 667 MHz RAM wouldn't be a bad idea. Might as well go for 800 MHz modules if they're similarly priced. Note that when you run a 32-bit OS you'll most likely only recognise 3.5 GB or so, why not upgrade to 64-bit if possible?
August 3, 2010 7:30:57 AM

i'm scared the 4gb won't be sufficient enough for a 64bit, so at least with the 32 i can maxmimize everything.
i'd like to be able to run a game in the background, music, chatting/webcaming, surfing, and maybe a tv tuner on too.

is it true that 1066 ram isnt as stable as the 800's?
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a b } Memory
August 3, 2010 7:34:15 AM

The minimum that Microsoft recommends for Windows 7 64-bit is 2 GB of RAM, you'll be fine.

1066 MHz is just as stable as 800 MHz RAM if it works properly... sounds a bit weird but if configured correctly it should be just as stable as 800 MHz RAM.
August 5, 2010 5:15:25 PM

ya, im too lazy to configure at this stage.
i guess i'll stick to the 800's then.

will i see a big significant difference from 667's to 800's?
a b } Memory
August 6, 2010 4:28:26 AM

No. Just like there's no noticeable difference between DDR3 1066 MHz and 1866 MHz.
August 6, 2010 4:35:45 AM

You can notice it in tests like 3dvantge etc etc. other wise you wont notice them much. may be in gaming, but i don't think so.
a b } Memory
August 6, 2010 5:59:19 AM

^ Except in benchmarks I should have added. You'll get an extra frame or two but I doubt you'd notice it. In SiSoft Sandra you'd probably see a difference too.
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