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1x1024mb DDR PC4000 vs. 2x512mb DDR PC4000

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Which is really the better option in terms of overall performance and overclockability?

I want to opt for the single stick, as it will make upgrading later on easier and cheaper. However, I've heard that having 2 identical sticks will give you slightly better performance when overclocking... is this right?
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Which is really the better option in terms of overall performance and overclockability?

I want to opt for the single stick, as it will make upgrading later on easier and cheaper. However, I've heard that having 2 identical sticks will give you slightly better performance when overclocking... is this right?
In order to run dual channel, you'll need two sticks of exactly the same ram. If you don't order them simultaneously, you won't get a matched pair, but that shouldn't be a problem unless you wait so long to purchase the second stick that you literally can't find anywhere to buy another from. There is zero performance difference between matched pairs and just 2 sticks of the same ram. It will either work in dual channel or it won't. With that said, I have yet to find anyone that has had a problem getting dual channel to work with 2 sticks of the same ram, even when not purchased together. I'm not saying it's impossible, but I have yet to see it happen. I think you'll be happier with 2 1 gig sticks than you would be with 4 512 sticks, so you're doing the right thing IMO if you can't afford both sticks right away.
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Thanks for that. I only have 2 DiMM slots, hence why the 1 1024mb stick would probably be more beneficial in the long term for me. I wasn't necissarily talking about dual channel though, but I guess the principles are near enough the same.
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Thanks for that. I only have 2 DiMM slots, hence why the 1 1024mb stick would probably be more beneficial in the long term for me. I wasn't necissarily talking about dual channel though, but I guess the principles are near enough the same.
Ahh, sorry about that. Didn't pay attention to your equipment. Having only 2 DIMMS makes your deciding factors a little different. You can buy better 512 sticks than you can 1 gb sticks at this point in time. (tighter timings) However, you can still clock 1 gb sticks as high as 512. They'll just have looser timings. On the other hand, I wouldn't want to limit myself to 1 gb total system ram in this day and age. You'll want 2 gb within the next year, so I still say you're doing the right thing.
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