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Need HELP with 4x512!!!!! Please!

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July 15, 2005 6:39:16 PM

Hi everyone. Ive got a pretty decent system, but im comtemplating getting another gig of ram to go with my OCZ 2x512 PC3500 Dual channel kit. Id really just rather get a second set of 2x512 of the same stuff, but im not sure if thats a good idea or not. its way cheaper and way easier for me to just throw in a second set, and id like to still have a decent OC. I am upgrading from an P4 3.2e@3.6 to an AMD 64 3700+ San Deigo. Here are teh specs...

AMD 64 3700+ San Deigo
ASUS A8V Deluxe mobo
1 gig OCZ Performance dual channel DDR433
BFG 6800GT@ultra+ settings

Please let me know what you think, and keep in mind, it'd be REALLY convineint for me to just get a second pair, rather than sell it, and get 2x1gig.

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July 15, 2005 9:33:19 PM

Of course the better choice is 2x1024 because it is more stable than 4x512MB for a desktop motherboard. You should, however, be okay with 4x512MB- though in some cases the system may clock the modules down for stability concerns.

For certain newer chipsets and motherboards, you may not suffer a performance hit with 4 modules. But, in anycase, 4 modules is normally less stable than 2.

Just some additional info <b>(DDR2 only)</b>:
Many of the tier one manufacturers are gearing for higher density modules. The roadmap for DDR2 already includes 4GB and 8GB modules.

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July 16, 2005 4:12:47 AM

The first thing I would recommend is getting a mobo with an nForce chipset. I like the <A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?descripti..." target="_new">DFI Lanparty UT nF4 Ultra-D</A> and the <A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?descripti..." target="_new">Epox Ep-9NPA+ Ultra</A>. Both are rock-solid stable and are top OC boards.

What is your reasoning for getting 2GB? Ar eyou going to be doing a lot of video work? Multi-tasking? The only games that MIGHT use that amount of RAM in certain cases, would be WOW or EQ2 - maybe BF2.

With 4X512, you'll be doing good to keep 1T command - much less getting a good OC. You'll probably have to use a divider to keep the RAM at a stable, low setting and OC the CPU. Best bet is to get the 2X1024 if you want any kind of OC for the RAM.

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July 16, 2005 8:17:56 AM

You increase the likelyhood that your memory timings must be sacrificed in order to achieve stability, with 4 modules. The Intel controller actually LIKES 4 modules, while the AMD controller doesn't.

If you were sticking with the old system, 4 modules would be a great idea. While it may also work with the AMD system, 2 modules would be better for your new system.

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July 17, 2005 7:24:50 PM

my purpose is mostly for gaming, and i know games coming out soon will use an upwards of about 1 gig or ram, if not more with high resolutions. On my current intel system, my timings are 2.5 3 3 4. If i wanted to spend a little extra, i could get 2 gigs of OCZ 3200 for around $220, but i have the new Diego core, so will i get an unstable system for overclocking if i went with 4x512?
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