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Memory Upgrade

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December 11, 2012 8:23:15 PM

I have this memory in my system:
Crucial 4GB DDR2 800MHz Memory
- 2 x 2GB Kit
- PC2-6400
- CL6 1.8V

I am considering this memory:
Corsair 4GB DDR2 800MHz XMS2 Memory
- 2 X 2GB Kit
- PC2-6400
- CL5 (5-5-5-18) 1.8V

Would I notice an improvement, and is my system compatible?

My motherboard is a Medion MSI MS 7358 (Manual: ). With a Core 2 Quad Q6600 and a GeForce 460 GTX. I have been playing Deus EX: Human Revolution, and will probably buy Borderlands 2 & Sins of a Solar Empire next.

I only have 4gb as I run Windows Vista 32 bit, would I benefit more from upgrading my OS to 64 bit?

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December 11, 2012 8:27:01 PM

Not a significant improvement if you simply intend to switch the kits, it would not be worth it. If you are adding that RAM you will have to upgrade to 64-bit, I think they should be compatible, they will probably just run at the timings of the slower kit.
December 11, 2012 8:29:30 PM

There would not be even the absolute slightest difference from making that purchase.
And DDR2 memory is so aged now, it's not even worth paying for even the best DDR2 Memory.

8GB of DDR3 1600Mhz RAM, twice the capacity twice the speed can be had for LESS THAN half the price.

In short, I advise sticking to your current setup, until you can upgrade your motherboard and CPU, and with it you will have DDR3 support.
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December 11, 2012 8:29:47 PM

No you will see close to zero improvement. Save your money
December 11, 2012 8:35:57 PM

Sounds good, thank you.
December 11, 2012 10:36:36 PM

You might see an improvement if you use Dual Channel Mode. Just make sure you buy a Marching Pair of Ram Modules also referred to as a KIT. Basically these are identical Modules and are sold together as a pair.

Other than that, you won't see any significant improvement. You will mostly only see improvements when you increase the amount of Ram.