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Since 4GB of RAM in Vista these days is practically the 2GB of RAM we all standardized in XP (do not argue if you do not agree, that's the the point of this thread). I'm going to go with 4GB of RAM. Now..is a new set of 2 x 2GB or 4 x 1GB preferable? I can add 2 x 1GB and I believe that is cheaper.
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post #2 of 25
The question is, do you ever think you will need more than 4GB?
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I believe 2x2gig is better in terms of performance. Less stress on the IMC, easier to manage power and timings as well. It is also easier to get identical pairs.
    
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2*2Gb is and always will be better for OCing, as well as future "proofing." I don't think 8Gb will be overkill in a year or two. However, you may want to keep in mind that faster (and cheaper) DDR3 may be available.
As the above poster said, the stress on the memory controller will be less. However, you may be able to get the same speeds and timings. Really just depends on the individual CPU.
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post #5 of 25
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Originally Posted by dannyyboii View Post
Since 4GB of RAM in Vista these days is practically the 2GB of RAM we all standardized in XP (do not argue if you do not agree, that's the the point of this thread). I'm going to go with 4GB of RAM. Now..is a new set of 2 x 2GB or 4 x 1GB preferable? I can add 2 x 1GB and I believe that is cheaper.
I'd get the same kit that you already have if the price is reasonable. You'll outgrow that rig before 4gb isn't enough and will be ready to move onto DDR3 or higher.
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I have 4 x 1GB HZ's and they run great. Honestly, go with which ever option is cheapest. (which will be the 4 x 1)
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Quote:
Originally Posted by pauldovi View Post
I have 4 x 1GB HZ's and they run great. Honestly, go with which ever option is cheapest. (which will be the 4 x 1)
Ditto. I have benched 2 and 4 sticks and the results are identical. And the stress issue is hardly a concern at least on my P5K...
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post #8 of 25
Depend if you will ever need more than 4GB. I doubt it though.

I say 4 X 1GB
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2x2gb... as it's easier to keep 2 chips running out of spec then 4...
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post #10 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by LiNERROR View Post
2x2gb... as it's easier to keep 2 chips running out of spec then 4...
Yes, get 2x2. Unless money is really tight.
    
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