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DDR2 RAM options:

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March 25, 2010 8:25:01 PM

Keep it simple :

Asus p53n-e SLI Motherboard
Q6600 Intel Quad
4 gigs of PC2-5300 RAM (Don't know brand)

What I want to do:

Upgrade to 8 gigabytes of ram

What I have to ask:

I have been reading around for the past couple of hours and there have been varying opinions whether the Mhz has a visible effect on performance. So does it?
There is a similar story with timings. Is it worth extra money?

A few cards I've been looking at :

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-4GB-800MHz-DDR2-Memory/...

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/143844

They have different clocks, timings and I am just unsure of what to get. My budget would be about £200 for the 8 gig set. But I wouldn't mind spending less than that. :) 

Opinions?

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March 25, 2010 8:43:14 PM

If your memory is a PC2-5300 RAM, that is what you have to buy. It's the same you buy the fastest DDR2 ram in the market because it will run at the speed of the slower RAM (667Mhz PC2-5300). Therefore, buy the cheapest ones.
March 25, 2010 8:47:29 PM

Hi new comer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

My 1st question before an advice is: Why you want 8GB?
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March 25, 2010 8:56:30 PM

@Henry Chinanski : What are you talking about? I was talking about the RAM I have installed already, but my baord is compatible with all the ranges.

@Saint19 I do a lot of multitasking / gaming and RAM intensive tasks, I am also looking at running a VM in the future, so if I have a greater amount of RAM I can still keep an amount back for my actual machine.
March 25, 2010 9:04:32 PM

Ok, good reason, so, you can get one of this, all are really good.

Options

Like a personal option, I'm using Crucial Ballistix Tracer 800MHz and are very good, even, you can OC until 1066MHz without problems.
March 25, 2010 9:12:39 PM

Scarletfury said:
@Henry Chinanski : What are you talking about? I was talking about the RAM I have installed already, but my baord is compatible with all the ranges.

@Saint19 I do a lot of multitasking / gaming and RAM intensive tasks, I am also looking at running a VM in the future, so if I have a greater amount of RAM I can still keep an amount back for my actual machine.


If you are gonig to make a sustitution of the old modules by a newer ones, then I misunderstood your question. Go for a Corsair DDR2-1066 CL5.
But if you are going to add the new modules to the old ones, my reply was correct. Don't waste your money buying anything faster than the old ones.
March 25, 2010 9:21:42 PM

@saint Sorry Saint, but your link returns an error, something about ticking boxes before hand. I think you may need to link them on their own.

Ah yes, i don't think im a newcomer although my status my say so I have been around for a while "lurking" so to speak.

@Henry I see what you mean now. To achieve the 8Gig I want id need to do a complete substitution as you said. Sorry about the misunderstanding.
March 26, 2010 3:51:48 AM

^Fixed.
March 26, 2010 8:59:28 AM

Still won't work, just post them separately if you can :) 

Thanks
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