Originally Posted by Mattb2e
What OS are you using? Unless you can get the ram on the cheap, I wouldnt bother. DDR2 is too expensive, you would be better saving your money for a new build.
The speed difference is negligible, and unless you completely turn off your pagefile, or have a use for more than 4gb of ram, you will not benefit from 8gb of ram on your system.
Do you have your system overclocked? Adding 4 modules will create more stress on the NB of your motherboard. if you speaking of a 2x4gb kit, make sure that your motherboard will support 4gb modules before you do so.
In addition to my post, I forgot to mention specifics about the ram you have. If your current ram module is good enough, you may be able to overclock it to 800mhz and save yourself some cash.
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64
As far as a new build, it isn't in my future any time soon, so I'm considering upgrading what I have.
As far as my use for more RAM, the primary reason is Firefox. I am an insatiable multitasker, and often have tons of tabs open. Firefox alone ranges between 800 MB and 2.1 GB of RAM usage. At 2.1 GB it begins to stutter and lag badly, and if left to its own devices, it will crash (the app only) and have to be restarted.
The system is not overclocked. I know the forum's name-sake favors overclocking, but I have never felt especially comfortable pushing components beyond their rated specifications, since my goal is a stable, cool, long-running system, without having to add all manner of extra of super hi end cooling devices. At the moment, the system has only a stock CPU HSF, x2 120mm fans (front/rear), and whatever stock HSF unit is on both of my Nvidia 9400GT's. (SLI, with hardware card bridge installed)
I'm currently cycling the air conditioning to get an idea of my sysem's average temps with and without AC, and under gaming load. Although I'm not sure which temp indicator in CPUID Hardware Monitor is my NB.
I was considering x4 2 GB modules, dual channel, as the motherboard manufacturer specifies. It's an MSI P7N SLI-FI.
As far as specifics on my current RAM, I have no idea, nor do I have the desire at the moment to go digging to find out.Edited by SweetBearCub - 11/26/11 at 5:15pm