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Old 05-03-2005, 09:10 AM   #1
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Hi just wondered what the most effective or fast memory to buy is..

I've found out my motherboard supports DDR400 "www.orcacomputers.co.nz/motherboard.htm+k78sx+supports+memory&hl=en"

As im a newb at installing hardware such as memory i just wondered which i should go for, I use 1 stick of 512mb @ PC2700 so far and i have 2 slots left

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Old 05-03-2005, 09:40 AM   #2
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DDR400 ram I'm pretty sure is PC3200

If you got two more for example at 256mb each to make another 512mb of RAM or 2x 512mb to make 1024Mb, they'd be slowed down by your 2700 speed RAM since it'd make the rest run to the slowest available if you got the highest your motherboard would support, PC3200.

If you were to get 3200 speed RAM, the only way to make it a good option would be to get rid of your 2700 speed RAM for two sticks of 512Mb 3200 speed RAM instead to make up for it, and to make 1024mb which would be a worthy option

I use Geil RAM which is a rather good make. Other good makes are Ballistix which I've heard of from this forum (Think there expensive though), Crucial are okay, and erm... I'll have to get back to you on the rest
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Old 05-03-2005, 09:51 AM   #3
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Cool mate, thanks for the reply do you think 2x512mb 3200 would run along side one stick of 2700 (512mb) or would it still slow down..

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I beleive it would slow it down. Computers run the speed of the slower ram in the system. Why not just run with that. 1G should be fine, and you should get better performace over all than with having that slower RAM in there.

As for brands, I heard Geil was good, of course this is after I get my Corsair, but so far I'm pleased with it ;P
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Ah yea, Corsair is good too

As for the RAM, like The_Other_One said, just buy another 512mb of speed 2700 RAM then if you don't want to replace this with faster speed RAM too.
To tell the truth, you probably wouldn't notice that much of a difference with normal tasks anyway unless you ran alot of memory intensive programs
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Old 05-03-2005, 10:29 AM   #6
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okay then mate ill probably go about buyin two sticks of 3200 512mb memory.. Do you know anywhere thats cheap or cheaper to buy it?

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Are you sure?
You probably wouldn't notice a difference if you got another 512mb of 2700 speed ram, but it would be good to go to the best your motherboard can handle, knowing your pushing it to the extreme of its capabilities, so yeah if you can afford 2 sticks of 512 DDR PC3200, go for it
You could then probably sell the speed 2700 RAM since 512mb is quite alot just to throw away...

if you live in the UK, I would go for MicroDirect for its great prices, and delivery speeds. I just could'nt beat it and I trust them

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Whats ballistix PC4000 like?
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No idea, I know that this is way too fast for his system being DDR400 speed = PC3200...

Ballistix is a great make though and 4000 is fast! I'd assume you'd be able to overlclock with it quite well - To 99Nasha
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THE BEST memory would cost you to much, you just want 2x256 Pc3200

http://www.emergetech.co.nz/memory/ddr_memory.htm
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Would 512 of ballistix run games ok? Becasue thats all I can afford.
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Yeah I'd say so. You have a good video card to back it up and that 3000+ CPU will have no probs. That speed RAM will be perfect too, so yeah, you shouldn't have any problems.
I would get another 512mb though for your system once you get it all up 99nasha
That make also uses low latencies which is why its more expensive, so should be faster still
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Cheers kage! Youve stopped me worrying now
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Holy crap i didnt know that the PC4000 ram costs soooo much. 600 for 1gig yikes.
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Thanks for the posts, ill look at microdirect.com later - got work soon , ill probably look into gettin 2 512 pc3200's, how much would i sell my current memory for do you think? - Kage

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