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I have 2 sticks of 256 and what I am hoping is that replacing with 2 sticks of 512 will improve my cpu performance alot. Am I dreaming?
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Yes, of course it will. lol =)

Depending on what you do, you will see a huge improvement. =)
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Your computer will respond to everything so much faster. It is a huge improvement.
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GREAT! that was all I wanted to hear......now where am I gonna get the RAM?
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I recommend the memory I just bought. It says it's DDR 433 but that's a very conservative rating. I can do DDR 510 speed at 2.65V with 2.5-3-2-6 timings and 1T command rate. Corsair RULES!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145029

This is one of the cheapest (and best) performance dual-channel 1GB kits on newegg.
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Looks nice but my board only supports up to 266 mHz or pc 266. My question is ...is this stuff copmpatable. my understanding of this is that it would work, just would be running at 266mHz. Please correct me if I am wrong.
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Ram does increase speed to a point. Windows XP pro uses up to 600mb of ram while broswing the internet/email/word processing. Games will use up to and a bit over 2gb. Having more ram makes your computer faster because it decreases the time reading from your hard drive.
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post #8 of 27
I think cos you have DDR that you currently are at 133mhz - pc2100 this is an effective speed of 266
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post #9 of 27
It is probably compatible. If your motherboard allows overclocking, buying DDR 400 or 433 would give you lots of headroom. My motherboard uses up to DDR 400 but I'm running the 433 so I can overclock easier.

Or you could just save money by getting 2x512 DDR 266. By the way, DDR 266 actually runs at 133MHz. You can find the actual speed of DDR memory by dividing by 2.
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I recommend the memory I just bought. It says it's DDR 433 but that's a very conservative rating. I can do DDR 510 speed at 2.65V with 2.5-3-2-6 timings and 1T command rate. Corsair RULES!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145029

This is one of the cheapest (and best) performance dual-channel 1GB kits on newegg.
Just another drop on the same ram....that's about 550 and was easy to obtain, Now @ 2.5-3-3-7 1t
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