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I posted before on cpu or memory upgrade for 939 socket.

I have 1 gig now of pc3200, not sure of brand, but it's kingston or pny 3200.

Can or rather should i get another 2 512 mb of ocz memory, or crucial?

Which is best, or should i ditch my 2 512 of pny and get just 2 1 gig sticks instead of 4 512 sticks.

Thanks! You've helped me alot allready
post #2 of 15
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Originally Posted by GraveFiller View Post
I posted before on cpu or memory upgrade for 939 socket.

I have 1 gig now of pc3200, not sure of brand, but it's kingston or pny 3200.

Can or rather should i get another 2 512 mb of ocz memory, or crucial?

Which is best, or should i ditch my 2 512 of pny and get just 2 1 gig sticks instead of 4 512 sticks.

Thanks! You've helped me alot allready
For performance reasons, (and possibly upgradeability [if that's a word ]) it's best to go with 2X1GB and remove your 2X512 sticks. That way you'll be certain that all the parts match up just right.
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you really want to go for 2x1GB... the AMD memory controller doesn't like having 4 sticks... or even 3 and will slow the memory down to 2T and maybe run higher timings.

go for a nice 2x1GB PC3200 or PC4000 kit... the PC4000 would give you more headroom when you overclock

Edit: either of the top 2 would suit you very well click me
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with ddr get 2x1gb because my abit board defaults to 2t if yo run with all the slots full. Plus two sticks oc better since amd's have built in memory controller.
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you really want to go for 2x1GB... the AMD memory controller doesn't like having 4 sticks... or even 3 and will slow the memory down to 2T and maybe run higher timings.

go for a nice 2x1GB PC3200 or PC4000 kit... the PC4000 would give you more headroom when you overclock
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If you have four sticks and a Socket 939, the sticks will run at DDR333.

Go with 2 x 1GB.
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post #7 of 15
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If you have four sticks and a Socket 939, the sticks will run at DDR333.

Go with 2 x 1GB.


I was always told it bumped the timing back to 2T instead of 1T.

RAM speed is all dependent on the FSB and ratio which can both be changed, and don't lock for either 2 or 4 sticks of ram.
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I was always told it bumped the timing back to 2T instead of 1T.
it can do either really... just depends on your mobo
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it can do either really... just depends on your mobo
Regardless of what you set in the BIOS, there is only 1 motherboard that will not override the CPC (Command Rate setting) when using 4 sticks with socket 939. The DFI Expert will allow you to attempt to run 1T, but all others will override whatever you set.
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Regardless of what you set in the BIOS, there is only 1 motherboard that will not override the CPC (Command Rate setting) when using 4 sticks with socket 939. The DFI Expert will allow you to attempt to run 1T, but all others will override whatever you set.
maybe my post wasn't as clear as it was to me

what i meant is depending on the mobo it may just go to 2T, or go to 2T and slow the ram down to something like DDR333
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