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How significant is the ram's core speed for gaming?

Are ddr2 rams with different core speeds (say 800MHz and 1066Mhz) compatible?

Does buying from a brand like Corsair, Kingston better than buying the cheaper alternatives?

Would a single 4 gb stick be better than two 2 gb ones?

Thanks for your time.
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Yes different speeds should work together, but there are potential incompatibilities with that, and if you run the memory in dual/triple-channel it will underclock the higher ones to accommodate for the lower speed RAM.

Brands matter about as much as any other product... I'd focus mainly on the reviews of seperate models.

I'd get 2x2GB sticks if you can run it in dual-channel mode, or 3x2 if you can do triple-channel. I don't think a single stick has any inherent advantage.
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1. for gaming its not really significant
2. yes they are, but the 1066 would run at 800
3. yes, since they offer better overclockability
4. well 2x2 in dual channel would be better than a single 4gb though you wont really notice the difference in real world usage, especially gaming. my mobo has only 2 slots so i went with a single 4gb so i can upgrade to 8gb if ever i need to.

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How significant is the ram's core speed for gaming?

Are ddr2 rams with different core speeds (say 800MHz and 1066Mhz) compatible?

Does buying from a brand like Corsair, Kingston better than buying the cheaper alternatives?

Would a single 4 gb stick be better than two 2 gb ones?

Thanks for your time.
Im not sure myself about the speed of ram, but generally it is compatible. They'll both work, but the slower speed just means a slower ram is all.

As for buying name brands, Id go somewhere like newegg.com and find a kit that is popular and rated highly in the reviews. That shows a lot of people bought the kit and like it, and it probably wont die. No-name brands generally can use whatever they want making the ram, so it might work, or it might work for a while.. I only buy stuff highly rated by the community.

As for 1 stick or two, ive always been told that 2 sticks are better, because the computer can use 2 channels for data, as opposed to single channel on only one stick. Unless you're planning on buying a second 4gb stick in the future, I would go with 2 sticks.
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Thanks for clearing things up guys, just one last thing: What about latencies, how much of a role do they play from a gaming point of view? Would 5-5-5-18 be acceptable?
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I've always stuck by the policy of getting RAM with equal timings.

DDR3 example: a RAM with 8-8-8-24 is IMHO preferable to 7-8-7-24.
 
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Thanks for clearing things up guys, just one last thing: What about latencies, how much of a role do they play from a gaming point of view? Would 5-5-5-18 be acceptable?
i dont really bother myself with timings when it comes to gaming, since ive read a few reviews regarding ram with different timings and the "best" ram only yielded a 1-2fps difference vs the "worst" ram. 5-5-5-18 is standard for ddr2 1066.
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Thanks for all the help, everyone.
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