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RAM: size vs. speed

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April 23, 2004 10:54:06 PM

Maybe the answer to this question is just really obvious, and that's why I haven't been able to find much info on it, but here it is. I'm going to be building a new machine based around an Athlon64 3400+ and an ASUS K8V Deluxe mobo, and I am very unsure as to what RAM to get. This machine will mainly be for playing games, but I also want to run audio editing software, and multitask etc. Should I get 1GB (2x512) of RAM (DDR400 probably, but open to suggestions here) with really fast timings, or might I be better off with 2GB (2x1024) of RAM with slower timings? For the purposes of this question, price is not a concern, I just want to know what will perform better. Also, I do not plan on doing any overclocking on this machine.

Specific recommendations for memory modules are also greatly appreciated.

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April 26, 2004 3:05:13 PM

IF you dont do any video editing or photo editing with massive file or anything that is memory hungry you dont need 2 gig of ram. Some people even had small drop in performance using 2 gig because of the larger ammount the memory controller has to address...

As for the impact of memory timming here's a good read
<A HREF="http://www6.tomshardware.com/motherboard/20040119/index...
" target="_new">http://www6.tomshardware.com/motherboard/20040119/index...
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Asus P4P800DX, P4C 2.6ghz@3.25ghz, 2X512 OCZ PC4000 3-3-3-8, Leadtek FX5900@450/875, 2X30gig Raid0
April 26, 2004 8:07:50 PM

Thanks, labbby, that's rather what I expected. Thanks for the input, and that link as well.
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