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DDR2 is just the next generation of RAM. It uses a 240 pin interface instead of a 184 pin interface with DDR. DDR and DDR2 function very similarly; the issue is that newer motherboards only run DDR2, so DDR (on Intel systems) will gradually disappear as people upgrade (AMD currently only uses DDR with DDR2 support on the horizon).

The G.skill is rated at a higher speed (DDR500 vs. DDR400). You're currently running your system around DDR450 speeds. DDR400 can often be stretched to that point, but DDR500 won't even break a sweat and will leave much more room for future overclocking. If the timings and prices on the two products are similar, I'd go for the DDR500.
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Ok here is the deal:

OCZ 2Gb PC3200 DDR EL Dual Channel Platinum Edition

Timings: 2-3-2-5
Price: $250 Canadian


So i can get that or:

G.SKILL Extreme Series 2GB DDR 500 (PC 4000) Dual Channel Kit

Timings: 3-4-4-8
Price: ~$290 Canadian


I am not an expert on timings but i am guessing lower is better so the OCZ seems better in that regard. Any comments/suggestions?
post #13 of 16
Yes, lower is better. However, the OCZ will need to be OCed about 25% to keep up with your CPU, so the timings will need to be loosened to achieve that. The G.Skill will actually be underclocked (running at DDR450ish instead of stock DDR500), so you may actually be able to tighten the timings beyond the stock timings.

With all of the talk about timings, Intel systems don't respond nearly as much as AMD systems to tight timings. Saying that in another way, Intel systems don't suffer major losses in performance because of looser timings.

If you're serious about overclocking, the DDR500 is probably worth the extra money. It'll give you a lot more flexibility, including more potential to run a divider that favors the RAM (pushes the RAM harder than the CPU which can sometimes give a performance boost). If you can afford the extra $40ish, go for it.
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post #14 of 16
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Well, since it seems like in the future i will need to buy DDR2 RAM anyway and wont have much use for any current upgrades...wouldnt it make sense to get the cheaper OCZ 3200 and overclock it a bit??? Especially since i have read some reviews and it seems that almost every chip of that model goes up to 500+Mhz with no problems. Anyway let me know what you think, Thanks.
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Well, since it seems like in the future i will need to buy DDR2 RAM anyway and wont have much use for any current upgrades...wouldnt it make sense to get the cheaper OCZ 3200 and overclock it a bit??? Especially since i have read some reviews and it seems that almost every chip of that model goes up to 500+Mhz with no problems. Anyway let me know what you think, Thanks.
Humm, I would take the OCZ here, the OCZ platinum is a little worse than that G.Skill (seeing some of that G.Skill hit 280+) and isn't rated for PC-4000 usage, so it isn't certain that it will hit 250+ to start. But, It is 50 bux cheaper, and I see what you mean by moving to DDR2 soon. But that's a really good deal on that OCZ, so if I were you, I would take it.
    
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post #16 of 16
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Ok, made a decision and ordered the OCZ since it turned out to be almost 100$ cheaper than G.SKILL after all was said and done. So hopefully it will pull through for me till i get a new system a year or so from now.

Now i got 800GB+ of HD space, 2Gig ram, 3.15Ghz, ATI X800 XL. Should be enouph to last i hope lol.


Thanks again for all the suggestions.
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