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August 25, 2005 5:22:13 AM

Hey guys, I'm about to upgrade my system by adding a single 1GB stick of PC 2700 Unbuffered and Non-ECC memory. I was wondering which one would be the best choice.

Contestants: Micron($105), Crucial($115), Corsair($135) and Kingston($100/$125)?
Thanks.

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August 26, 2005 3:02:05 PM

Sorry that I haven't posted the QVL yet. I contacted HP customer service and they said any brand as long it's PC2700, Unbuffered and Non-ECC. So I went to ASUS and asked for the QVL section for my A7V8X-LA. I'll post that info as soon as they answer.
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August 26, 2005 3:15:38 PM

I'D say go with micron, the least expensive. And micron are usually at the top when it comes to compatibility!

But yeah checking the QVl might be a smart move...

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August 27, 2005 10:56:34 AM

Might as well just go for PC3200, PC2700 will be harder to get hold off, worse quality and probably not any cheaper. DDR RAM is backwards compatible so PC3200 will run at PC2700 speeds no problem.
August 27, 2005 11:17:10 AM

Might allow for a mild OC if the rest of the components will support the extra speed.

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August 27, 2005 8:27:39 PM

That idea sounds good, having PC3200 would be great. But I think my Asus board (A7V8X-LA) would not let me.
Asus site doesn't have info about it, it's not listed. I'm waiting on them to give me the qvl for the memory, no luck yet.

Right now I have 512mb PC2700 would that conflict with a new 1 GB PC3200 stick if I wanted to have 1.5GB of ram?

Motherboard Info:
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/genericDocument?lc=e...
August 28, 2005 1:21:40 AM

Roger that, I'll do that as soon as I get the QVL. Thanks for that info about the PC3200 being backwards compatible.

Btw I like the ocing idea A LOT. I just received an X800 Pro. I would love to increase the pipelines from 12 to 16, if possible. I know the speed can be oced thou. I need to investigate lots about OCing, haven't done it ever.
August 29, 2005 12:19:38 AM

Asus contacted me today, they have no qvl for my motherboard. They said HP should be the one giving me the QVL. Asus did recommend Corsair, Unigen, Smart and Mushkin memory unofficially.

I'm not familiar with those brands except Corsair, so I'm leaning toward it. Any recommendations would be appreciated. I have a budget of $100 for the memory upgrade but if there's some huge difference in quality and performance I could spend an extra $50.

Thanks.
August 29, 2005 2:27:43 AM

I found the following:

<A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682..." target="_new"> Corsair Valueselect $106 </A>
<A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682..." target="_new"> Corsair XMS Pro $138 </A>
<A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682..." target="_new"> Corsair XMS C2 $150 </A>

I'm a PC enthusiast, so I'm lost about the timings and which ones would be the best for my mobo (XMS Pro vs XMS C2).
August 29, 2005 2:34:45 AM

The Value Select will be good for your system.

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