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I currently have 2GB(2x1GB) of Crucial Ballistix DDR2 800 running atm.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820146565

Well, with DDR2 prices being the lowest ever I was considering adding some more to my PC. (Can you ever have too much RAM?!)

What I would like to do is buy another pack of 2x1GB opposed to a 2x2GB. Because for one I can not fully utilize 4GB with XP 32-bit and two because it would cost me $25 opposed to the $80+ for 2x2GB, to get to the 3GB limit of 32-bit system.

So, that is what I would like to do, but will it hurt me to have 3-4 of my RAM slot filled opposed to just 2, and if I plan to upgrade to a E8400 or E8600 this summer would you recommend something else?

I basically just want to know if it is stupid to run 4x1GB of RAM.
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post #2 of 6
IT better for OC if you get 2*2GB.
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Opinions are divided here and you'll hear arguments pro and con.

It will work just fine, even though I prefer 2x2GB (less stress on the memory controller, less heat). But the differences aren't major.

Go for it, since the savings are substantial.
    
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Thank you both for the reply. I know it is harder on the memory controller. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't making a major OC fopa or anything like that, for being so cheap.
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Originally Posted by Ziggy View Post
Thank you both for the reply. I know it is harder on the memory controller. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't making a major OC fopa or anything like that, for being so cheap.
Yea, 4x1GB has both pros and cons when compared to 2x2GB, but for someone who already has 2x1GB, 4x1GB is usually the best solution due to the major price difference.

However, something to consider is the possibility of mixing different RAM. When did you buy your Crucial Ballistix 2x1GB set? Are they single or double-sided? The current 2x1GB and 2x2GB sets of Crucial Ballistix use the Micron D9HNL IC's, which overclock well but not as well as the Micron D9GMH they use to use in their 2x1GB sets. The GMH will be double sided, the HNL will be single sided. If you add Ballstix to your currnt setup, they'll be HNL, and if you already have GMH, then your overclock will be limited by the HNL set.

However, in general, the performance difference is insiginifcant when compared to the boost in performance from the extra memory. If you're using Vista, I'd upgrade by adding another set of 2x1GB Ballisitx. If you're using XP, it's probably a coin toss between adding more memory or leaving it at 2x1GB.
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post #6 of 6
I would save your money and go for another kit of 2x1. Hell, I have a mix of Ballistix and that cheap HP 667 ram, and I can still get a reasonable OC out of the both of them (around 425 @ 5-6-5-18 with all 4 running together).
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