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Stick with the 2x512MB Crucial sticks - speed over size
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Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Duke View Post
Ballistix DDR400 is still available in 2x1G sets as is there DDR500.... find them is a bit difficult though.
But.... these should work well...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231032
or if you don't mind paying the price ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820146034
Hmm... I've found some Ballistix DDR500 (PC4000) in 1-GB sticks, but not PC3200.... Can I mix a gig of PC3200 with a gig or two of PC4000?

Or, if I can't find Ballistix specifically, can I mix brands, like the ones you linked or some Kingston or Corsair or something, with the 2x512 Ballistix?
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post #13 of 53
It's not recommended. If you need 1GB trade, if you need 2GB buy 2x1GB matched kit
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Yeah, I just googled my motherboard specs, and it only supports DDR 266/333/400 anyway. D'oh.
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So wait, can I run 3x512 for now, if I just pick up a 512 stick of Ballistix PC3200? And then add another 512 (for 2GB total -- 4x512) down the line?

Someone told me I needed to have an even number of matching sticks of RAM (2 or 4) for my FX-55, but I'm not sure if that's the case, or how that affects performance, running RAM in dual-channel (can I not run dual channel with Ballistix in my system)?

Uh oh, I think I've gone cross-eyed....
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post #17 of 53
OK, back one step

I would still recommend trading with your mate. PC3200 = DDR400.

However, if you want to buy some new stuff (2x1GB), remember that PC4000 is not a real JEDEC specification - it is simply PC3200 (aka DDR400) which is guaranteed to run at 250mhz rather than just at 200mhz. It will run like any other normal RAM at stock
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post #18 of 53
i changed over from cheap ram to the ballistix ddr500. made a huge difference. my cheap ram could tighten any more than 3-6-6-9, i'm currently running the ddr500 at 2-2-2-8. at 3-4-4-8, the ddr500 brought my 3dmark05 score from 7358 to 7461, at 2-2-2-8 i'm around 7480. my am3 score was 63,560 with the cheap ram, at 3-4-4-8 the ddr500 increased it to 64,120.

imo, i'd go with the ddr500 and run tight timings.
 
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Quote:
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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.
Let's say you don't want to OC the Ram, in this case (even with OCing) the Ballistix would be better for IN GAME play, BUT your current Ram would probably have better loading times. It just depends...PERSONALLY, I prefer in game play. Also, you don't reallly need more than 2GB in a rig. It will make it unstable with any more. At least until Windows Vista comes out...in that case it probably still will be unneccisary to have more than 2GB. So I would trade him. For what he is doing, your 1.5GB would be great. This way you both win. Make sure to let him read my post here
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I'd be surprised, SlowFriend, if he got slower loading times - with faster RAM XP will be able to load into the RAM faster...
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