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but suspect this difference to be fairly small compared with the initial difference that i will gain from going up to 2gb from 512mb
I don't think you'll notice much improvement between the 1GB and 2GB.
On the other hand, performance increase is noticeable when upgrading from 512MB to 1GB.
Go for the 1GB and don't pay for 2GB right now.
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i would look at getting some really top spec Ram (OCZ gold, etc.) if i could be sure that i would be able to re-use it in my next rig. probably PCI-E + SLI + top CPU etc.
as i am not yet sure about any of this, i am looking at enough Ram to suit my current upgrade and no more.
so i suppose i need to know : how re-useable will pc3200ddr/400mhz Ram be?

Z One, how come there would not be much improvement between 1gb, and 2gb?
is that 'coz the Games won't demand the full use of the extra 1gb?

some ppl are suggesting that to play BF2, 2gb is a minimum requirement.

but if your advice is right, i could get meself 1gb of better quality Ram for the same money.

then again, i have been told many times, "you can't have TOO MUCH memory"

.....all very interesting,lol
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Z One, how come there would not be much improvement between 1gb, and 2gb?
is that 'coz the Games won't demand the full use of the extra 1gb?
Exactly. But don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that future games won't require 2GB to run smoothly. I'm just saying that if you're on a budget then it's better to get 1GB of quality ram than to buy 2GB of crappy ram. Then when most of the games require 2GB of ram you can go for it

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some ppl are suggesting that to play BF2, 2gb is a minimum requirement.
BattleField 2 seems to be an exception as it is said to suck up around 800MB from your ram.

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then again, i have been told many times, "you can't have TOO MUCH memory"
I totally agree. Technology is advancing at a very rapid pace. You buy something, a year later it's outdated ! You wanna constantly stay on the technological egde... you gotta pay money !
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maybe i need this: http://www.crucial.com/ballistix/sto...T6464Z402&cat=

if i go for 1gb Ram, will i have to use 2 x 512mb sticks, so that i use both mem slots together?

or would i be able to get 1x1gb stick and leave a slot empty?

i see a 1gb stick as more re-useable in the future, especially a good quality on as above.

if that's the case , then the above Ram is within budget and i think balances out the rest of my upgrade.
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If you want to have dual channel memory (128bits) then it's better to have 2x512MB because the memory controller will move double the peak amount of data it normally moves with single channel memory.
Then again, 1x1024MB is better for future re-usability as your system will still have an empty slot remaining.
It's up to you. I think there's a trade-off in both cases.

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This is taken from Kipper's FAQ found here:
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First off, nowadays most gamers require dual channel memory. Two sticks of 256mb is not enough, two sticks of 1gb is overkill (and its timings are bad). Therefore, dual channel with two sticks of 512mb is the best (for price and performance).
Eventhough it was submitted 6 to 7 months ago, I still agree with that.
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Zed, i'm thinking more in terms of re-using the stick in a later Rig , rather than adding another to this rig later, but a valid argument.
Dual Channel...............now then, what's that all about, does it have to be compatible with my current Mobo/Cpu etc ?
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Zed, i'm thinking more in terms of re-using the stick in a later Rig , rather than adding another to this rig later, but a valid argument.
Dual Channel...............now then, what's that all about, does it have to be compatible with my current Mobo/Cpu etc ?
I doubt you'd be able to use DDR in future upgrades as Intel now uses DDR2 & the new socket M2 from AMD will also use DDR2. I'd buy for now
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post #18 of 30
Not related to CPU but rather to the onboard memory controller.
Most modern mobos support dual channel yes but I'm not 100% certain about yours.
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post #19 of 30
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cheers Ste, that was definaitely a point i overlooked.

can ddr2 ( is that "dual channel" ?) be used in place of ddr, by any chance,(like pc4000 can be used in place of pc3200, but not the other way around) for now, leaving it available for use later.?

it looks as though i am buying for now, as you say, and probably only need to decide whether to go for 1 x 1gb, or 2 x 512 mb.
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DDR2 uses a 240 pin arrangement versus a 184 pin arrangement for DDR, so the two are not interchangable. Dual channel is a separate issue entirely that relates to a motherboard's ability to use two identical DIMMs in a very efficient manner.
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