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So I already have 2 gigs of ram (2x1gig) installed.

I read somewhere that having all 4 dimm slots populated is harder on your system. Which component gets stressed more?

Is it harder to overclock?
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Systems will normally respond better to OCing when using 4x1GB of memory however with 4 sticks ram the Northbridge (memory controller) tends to be under more load which in turns creates more heat.

Remember that to benefit form all 4GB of ram you'll need a x64 bit operating system, you will still notice some performance improvment if you install 4GB or ram but only 3.2GB or so will be seen/used by a 32bit operating system.
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That's generally true with AMD chipsets, but it can affect Intel systems as well, but not as badly.

If you have instability you can always up the NB volts, should help a bit.

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