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As you can see from my system specs, I only have 512MB of RAM. I want to upgrade to a gigabyte now, and eventually sometime in the future 2GB. If I buy a 1GB stick and run it in single channel would there be noticeably less performance than if I had 2x512 in dual-channel?

Should I get 2x512 sticks now and another 2x512 later or would the motherboard not like that? What if I got 2x256 now for a total of 1GB and then overhauled the memory later on?

Hopefully I didn't make that sound confusing... what would you do?
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If you want to do 2x512 find some BH-5 chips. Does anyone know if they even sell them anymore? I'll try to find out for you. The only bad thing about them is that they can burn up, but they are screaming fast and can give you some nice overclocks.
    
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I heard BH-5 chips require a lot of voltage and my motherboard only goes up to 3.0V on the RAM.
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I heard BH-5 chips require a lot of voltage and my motherboard only goes up to 3.0V on the RAM.
Ouch...yeah that's lower than you would want. Well TCCD Chips are great and I think the other option out there is TCC5. RAM prices are nuts right now...I got my 2x1GB kit of G.Skill HZ for $150, now they are running about $100 more.
    
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You are better off with some good PC4000 or faster ram. 2x1gig would be the easiest (albeit costly) approach. Running 4 sticks forces 2T, and can mess with your already nice overclock. Higher FSB and 4 sticks puts quite a burden on the memory controller.
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I got my 2x1GB kit of G.Skill HZ for $150, now they are running about $100 more.
Damn, I wish I was in the market when RAM was cheaper. Right now it's almost impossible to get a gig for under $120. Unfortunately, I don't think prices will be coming back down. I heard the same thing happened with PC133 SDRAM back in the day. The stuff is still expensive even though it's incredibly outdated, just because of supply and demand.

If I bought 1GB of PC4000 and ran it in single channel, how much slower would that be than having 2x512?
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Originally Posted by Xavier1421
You are better off with some good PC4000 or faster ram. 2x1gig would be the easiest (albeit costly) approach. Running 4 sticks forces 2T, and can mess with your already nice overclock. Higher FSB and 4 sticks puts quite a burden on the memory controller.
Wouldn't he be better off going with 2x512 rather than 1x1GB? Then when he upgrades go to 2X1gb?

If you've got the money just make the jump to 2x1GB, but if not I'd just hold off till you do. RAM prices are through the roof right now and this isn't the time to buy.

:EDIT:

Check out this link:http://forums.anandtech.com/messagev...&enterthread=y

I just realized that I saw the same RAM on craigslist last night! http://seattle.craigslist.org/est/sys/223886094.html I'll go get it for you if you kick me some gas money and pay for shipping
    
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Holy crap that's a good price. Nobody better buy it, this is my thread!

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Im thinking of getting this memory. It says it's 2.8v and my motherboard only goes up to 3v. Think this will do for overclocking?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148009
Crucial Technology Ballistix 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 500 (PC 4000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT6464Z505 - Retail
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For about $60 more you can get the DDR500 2x1G Ballistix. Well worth the price, but you do have a MIR in that sale.
    
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