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currently I have 2G Crucial Tracer PC2 8500

and I was thinking of geting 2 extra sticks of ram 4GB total
would adding more work in my scenario ?

I understand I would need 64bit OS

edit> I would need to get a 2x 2gb sticks right? not 4x 1GB sticks
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You'd be right in saying that, yes. 32bit OS cannot utilise more than 4GB RAM, GFX Ram included, so you'd only see 3.something GB of RAM (Guys feel free to correct me if i'm wrong here)

Besides, there are very few programs out there that actually require +2GB of RAM to run properly.

You can run 4GB (I currently run 3), but it's a tiny bit pointless if you're not utilising it all.
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You can get 2 more 1gig sticks if you don't plan on OCing, but then you can still OC them good with 4 sticks. But you can OC better with 2x2gb. If I were you I would get vista x64 and 4gigs of ram, that would be rockin!
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You don't need a 2x2GB set, with an X38, the amount and size of memory modules is not a variable in overclocking.
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You can rock 4x1 just darn well. Go for it, and get Vista Ultimate x64!
    
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Originally Posted by J.Harris View Post
You can get 2 more 1gig sticks if you don't plan on OCing, but then you can still OC them good with 4 sticks. But you can OC better with 2x2gb. If I were you I would get vista x64 and 4gigs of ram, that would be rockin!
This is untrue...

You cannot OC more or better with 2x2Gb vs 4x1Gb. Good OC ram cost more money. If you really want high overclock potential the best bet is 1Gb (Micron D9xxx) ram modules (2 or 4) OC'ed.

Your NB might run warmer but when did hardware enthusiast worry about a little heat?
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This is untrue...

You cannot OC more or better with 2x2Gb vs 4x1Gb. Good OC ram cost more money. If you really want high overclock potential the best bet is 1Gb (Micron D9xxx) ram modules (2 or 4) OC'ed.

Your NB might run warmer but when did hardware enthusiast worry about a little heat?
True, I don't think there are any 2x2 sticks out with D9 yet... Nothing wrong with 4x1, just not future resistant, but 4gb will be plenty for a long time.
    
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True, I don't think there are any 2x2 sticks out with D9 yet... Nothing wrong with 4x1, just not future resistant, but 4gb will be plenty for a long time.
If you can find any RAM with Micron D9HNQ-B6-25E, it will overclock just as well as the GKX. However, no one uses/makes it.
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If you can find any RAM with Micron D9HNQ-B6-25E, it will overclock just as well as the GKX. However, no one uses/makes it.
What are you talking about... I am saying the D9 is great, but no 2x2 sets with it yet, so it's not a bad thing going 4x1...

You're weird.
    
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What are you talking about... I am saying the D9 is great, but no 2x2 sets with it yet, so it's not a bad thing going 4x1...

You're weird.
There are D9's in 2GB kits, however they don't overclock well because of their size. D9GKX and GMH (The best D9's around) have maximum densities of 512MB on each side of a PCB, that's why they can only make 1GB modules with them. The D9HNQ-B6-25E, is almost exactly the same as the GKX, except has a density of 1GB, that means you can have 2GB modules with HNQ ICs.

The part you have to pay attention to is the B6-25E. B6 is the size of the IC, and the -25E is the rated speed at 1.8v. -25E runs at 800Mhz with 5-5-5 timings. D9GMH use B6-3, which at 1.8v, run at 667 5-5-5.
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