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I plan on going DX10 this fall, and with that comes Vista. With Vista comes memory hogging out the whazoo. RAM is super duper cheap right now, and I can get a 4 GB kit of GOOD RAM for $250 or less now. Do you guys think spending money on that much DDR2 is worth it with DDR3 so close? I kinda plan on staying AM2 even after I get an AM3 processor until DDR3 really gets affordable and "worth it".

So, worth it?
    
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Yes DDR3 will not be worth investign in when it first comes out.

It will perform round abouts the same as DDR2 (high end)

And yes 4GB will be worth it for now, but only if you are running a 64bit OS as they are th eonly ones that will utilise it

When i go to Conroe/Barcelona i will definately be getting 4GB

It will become more and more necessary by the end of the year.
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I plan on going Barcelona, DX10, and 64-bit Vista all by the end of the year, and I was guessing 4 GB would be the way to go.
    
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post #4 of 11
SO far, EVEN if you're running Windows Vista 64bit (speaking from experience)
the performance gain is really minimal. 2GB is more than enough. If you can however get a good set of 4 GB for LESS than 180$, id say go for it(newegg ocz golds for 69.99 after MIR).

I dont think the ram prices will go any lower. Since DDR3 is out now, prices for ddr3 will start lowering as more manufacturers enter the market, ddr2 will lower maybe a couple of bucks here and there and then will start going UP as demand decreases(same as what happened with DDR1)

IN SHORT: performance wize, you might see a split second increase in 64-bit but not much. UNLESS you get good timings or super high clocks (1000mhz), dont even think about it.

Price wise: now is the best time to get 4GB
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post #5 of 11
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Yes DDR3 will not be worth investign in when it first comes out.

It will perform round abouts the same as DDR2 (high end)

And yes 4GB will be worth it for now, but only if you are running a 64bit OS as they are th eonly ones that will utilise it

When i go to Conroe/Barcelona i will definately be getting 4GB

It will become more and more necessary by the end of the year.
I agree, DDR3 just won't be as good as the DDR2 right when it comes out, go for 4!
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Or maybe I'll just wait and get 8 GB of DDR3 2500 some day...

Nope, not that patient. And I would get another 2 GB, but AMD doesn't like having 4 DIMMs... :/
    
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I say go for it, especially if you want to play the new games coming out. B/C Vista is a big hog.
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I still think 4 gb is too much but then again I don't do anything that requires that much and I don't use Vista so......
    
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unless you're using close to 2GB on XP i doubt you'll need much more than that for vista any time soon
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4GB of ram is awesome is vista, espically if you run a high resolution like 1920x1200.

I was getting "Out of Memory" errors at 2GB while running my games on max at 1920x1200. The newer games take quite a bit of ram at a high resolution on max.
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