Okay, so my current setup (AMD FX-55 in an MSI K8N-Neo2 Platinum) has 1.5GB of RAM in 4 sticks -- 2 x 512, and 2 x 256 -- of OEM Samsung RAM.
I've had it for a little over a year, but as of now I haven't OC'd anything, not even the FX-55. I'm just now starting to read up on how to do this stuff, and want to push my system harder for faster Battlefield 2 and other newer games, and faster loading in general.
Meanwhile, my buddy is building a PC that will basically just be used for word processing and multimedia, and he picked up a gig (2 x 512) of Crucial Ballistix PC3200. I know that it has 2-2-2-6 timings and heatspreaders and all, so it's more than he needs. Needless to say, we're negotiating a deal where he may take my Samsung RAM and I'll take his Ballistix for my gaming PC.
But I'm wondering if this is the way to go. Would I find improvement going to the higher performance RAM, even though I'm dropping from 1.5GB to 1GB? Or should I stick with my 1.5GB?
Similarly, looking to eventually add more, I see that Ballistix PC3200 is only available in 512 sticks... no 1GB sticks. So with 4 DIMM slots, the most I can ever get is 2GB, while with the OEM Samsung, I could get 3 to 4GB (pricewise, realistically 3GB max, adding two 1GB sticks in place of the 256's). In that case, how would 3GB of Samsung (2x1GB + 2x512) compare to 2GB of Ballistix (4x512)?
Any advice is much appreciated. Thanks in advance.