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Ok so im sick of stutter in games, so il be buying and OCing an AMD 3700+ with a nice DFI motherboard. but the ultimate test is to buy 2 Gigs of RAM, i got 2x512mb right now and i dont really wanna spend $200 on DDR RAM just so i can spend $200 on DDR2 in 6 months or so. So i was thinking would i be smart to just buy a 1 Gig stick of RAM and pair it with a 512mb stick, i heard more than 2 sticks doesnt do well in alot of motherboards (specifically AMD ones like the DFI im getting) but would this do ok, and would i see a good reduce in stutter/lag?

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Stick to 2 sticks (LOL, pun)
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So then a 1 gig stick and 512 stick wont hurt?
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stick to two sticks as mentioned above, 3 sticks would just be a headache of unstability on the mobo's side, Im guessing its worse then 4 sticks running T2, either stick with yer current 2 sticks of 512 or find a good pair of 1 giggers equaling a good 2gbs on T1 timing, stable oc's all the way with this setup.

maybe its just me but I wouldnt advice 1 gig and 512 stick in my honest opinion, the number is soo....odd, I mean 1.5gbs spread through 1gig and 512 sticks, bud find some money, work, get a paper route, eat ramen for a month, just get those 2 1gb sticks, remember you can always sell your ram through this site with 50+ rep or through friends, or just hold them out for a folding rig, or just another comp, or maybe if your giggers burn out, you got safety ram in stock.
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Def go with 2 sticks. 3 sticks will get a little messy in windows and in games. Windows def doesn't like 3 sticks of memory. Plus, if your running dual channel on those 2 512MB modules, you will get more lag and stuff, because you'll be running dual and single channel at the same time. Memory controllers don't like that kind of stuff.
    
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So then a 1 gig stick and 512 stick wont hurt?
1GB + 512 would be better then 2X512 + 1GB.
    
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I would just stick with your 1gb. Dual channel makes alot of difference, especially with overclocking. So either go with 2x512mb or 2x1gb
    
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or just go with the 1GB stick - my overclock is atleast 50% more stable when I keep my mismatched RAM out and just use the one stick of Kingston Hyper X
    
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I can't really speak for the two vs. three stick thing, but I do have experience with 1.5Gigs vs. 2Gigs. I have a computer with 3x 512MB and one with 2x 1GB and the 2GB system is MUCH faster at loading everything. There is really no comparison. I'm not sure if it's having three sticks or 1.5GB that makes it so much slower (it's an older system), but it's slower for one of those reasons.
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I can't really speak for the two vs. three stick thing, but I do have experience with 1.5Gigs vs. 2Gigs. I have a computer with 3x 512MB and one with 2x 1GB and the 2GB system is MUCH faster at loading everything. There is really no comparison. I'm not sure if it's having three sticks or 1.5GB that makes it so much slower (it's an older system), but it's slower for one of those reasons.
It is much faster because the memory controller only has to communicate with 2 sticks instead of 3. It is more streamlined for the memory controller.
    
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