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Hey what's better for Windows Vista, performance and overclocking? Having 4x(1GB) of RAM or 2x(2GB)? I've heard that it's harder to overclock 4 DIMMs then 2...
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Yeah, go for 2x2GB dude. It's pretty cheap too.
    
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2x2GB puts less stress on the motherboard and is overall a better overclock. Not to mention its "future proofing" so to speak. Get the 2x2GB G.Skill kit of either 800mhz or 1000mhz. The dark blue ones.
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Hey what's better for Windows Vista, performance and overclocking? Having 4x(1GB) of RAM or 2x(2GB)? I've heard that it's harder to overclock 4 DIMMs then 2...
Already discussed HERE.

I've had no probs with my 4x1gb Patriots.

I oc'd 2x1, then the other 2x1 separately and they both oc'd the same. Then combined them and could achieve the exact same oc...

I had troubles with 3 sets of 2x2gb corsairs, but they may have been bad sets..

This is DDR3 btw.
    
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2x2GB are easier to overclock now. also upgradable in future
    
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Cool thanks for the info guys. Currently I've got 2GB (2x1GB) Corsair 1066 xms2, but yeah, I've really been thinking I need to upgrade to 4GB for vista and have been struggling whether I should get 2 more corsair 1GB dimms or just ebay mine currently and go for the 2x2gb dimms. So it's looking like most everyone thinks I should go with 2x2GB's ddr2.

edit: I'll go check out the g skills and maybe some others on the Egg
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Cool thanks for the info guys. Currently I've got 2GB (2x1GB) Corsair 1066 xms2, but yeah, that I really think I need to upgrade to 4GB for vista after I install it
If you already have 2x1 GB, I'd just grab another set of the *exact* same memory. Make sure it's the same model to save on compatibility issues and overclocking stress. Most motherboards have decent enough memory controllers to handle 4 x 1GB DIMMS with relative ease. The 680i would be an example of a motherboard which I wouldn't recommend using all slots. But Intel Chipset motherboards should be fine. There are a lot of good 2x2GB sets out there, but I wouldn't bother if you've already got 2x1. It should perform just as well with identical DIMMS in all four slots.
    
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2x2GB puts less stress on the motherboard and is overall a better overclock. Not to mention its "future proofing" so to speak. Get the 2x2GB G.Skill kit of either 800mhz or 1000mhz. The dark blue ones.
QFT, the dark blue ones! (G.Skill "PQ")

I just got 8GB of the 1000MHz ones. It's very nice.
    
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If you already have 2x1 GB, I'd just grab another set of the *exact* same memory. Make sure it's the same model to save on compatibility issues and overclocking stress. Most motherboards have decent enough memory controllers to handle 4 x 1GB DIMMS with relative ease. The 680i would be an example of a motherboard which I wouldn't recommend using all slots. But Intel Chipset motherboards should be fine. There are a lot of good 2x2GB sets out there, but I wouldn't bother if you've already got 2x1. It should perform just as well with identical DIMMS in all four slots.
So you're thinking my p35-DS3L board would be okay with 4 DIMM slots full? for overclocking?
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So you're thinking my p35-DS3L board would be okay with 4 DIMM slots full? for overclocking?
I believe so. I have not heard of any issues with the P35 chipset boards (including Gigabyte) and the memory controller. There are plenty of people on the forums that are running all four memory slots. Just make sure you pick up the exact same model numbered kit. This will ensure better compatibility and could help with overclocking.

Question: Are you happy with your RAM and its abilities now? If so, then just grab another 2x1 set of the same. If not, then you could consider selling them and getting a good 2x2 set.
    
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