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Gonna change the ram to some Kingston HyperX 2 x 2 GB 800Mhz DDR2's how do they perform?
Edited by LTC - 6/8/10 at 2:08pm
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Anyone?
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That should do the trick.

I don't know the latency of the Kingston you mention (they probably have a few 800's), but it won't matter much - reliability is the key there, and they're good.

I couldn't tell if the Mushkin WAS DDR3, but since I couldn't, I thought it best to prompt you to double check - that mboard is DDR2.
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That should do the trick.

I don't know the latency of the Kingston you mention (they probably have a few 800's), but it won't matter much - reliability is the key there, and they're good.

I couldn't tell if the Mushkin WAS DDR3, but since I couldn't, I thought it best to prompt you to double check - that mboard is DDR2.
I know And I'm very grateful that you did! Thank you!

The RAM are CL4, so they should be 4-4-4-12 according to the homepage!

I'm however still a little confused if I should take a Phenom X2 or that Athlon X4, the Phenom is cheaper...
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The X2 550?

As opposed to a propus based X4?


There would be a small fraction of noticeable performance difference in the usage profile you mention.

As such, you could save the cash and it would be of limited consequence.

All of these options are much faster than the machine you're replacing.

The 550 has slightly faster single thread performance than the X4 at stock, which might even favor it for the usage profile.

You can save the cash without negative results.

CAS 4 is excellent....if you find CAS 5 OR 6 cheaper, that would do ok, for this usage profile the difference is minimal.
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The X2 550?

As opposed to a propus based X4?


There would be a small fraction of noticeable performance difference in the usage profile you mention.

As such, you could save the cash and it would be of limited consequence.

All of these options are much faster than the machine you're replacing.

The 550 has slightly faster single thread performance than the X4 at stock, which might even favor it for the usage profile.

You can save the cash without negative results.

CAS 4 is excellent....if you find CAS 5 OR 6 cheaper, that would do ok, for this usage profile the difference is minimal.
The CL4 are the cheapest ones I could find Would there be any difference in temps between the Athlon and Phenom? Are they both 40nm?
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You'll find all the specs on them at

http://www.cpu-world.com/

But they're probably all 45nm

As to heat, well, a quad has more transistors than a dual, so the dual consumes less power, but the HSF on the stock unit is a match to the chip, so the temps are somewhat similar.
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You'll find all the specs on them at

http://www.cpu-world.com/

But they're probably all 45nm

As to heat, well, a quad has more transistors than a dual, so the dual consumes less power, but the HSF on the stock unit is a match to the chip, so the temps are somewhat similar.
Cool I'm just worried that the system will be load as hell! Maybe I'm just hysterical, because I got sound dampen-en foam and stuff in my case, and its filled with 8dba Scythe S-FLEX's so I can't hear a thing...
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How does it make any diff anyways since its only going to be used on word and excel? A Athlon II X2 or X4 would do it just fine as well. That's one benchmark of many,the phenom/athlon does better in some areas.
if it's just going to be used for word and excel, i'm pretty sure a pentium 3 will do just fine lol
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if it's just going to be used for word and excel, i'm pretty sure a pentium 3 will do just fine lol
Well, frankly, if the OS is XP, or Windows 2000....sure!


As to load...well, at stock I suppose it's not bad.

It's no louder than a Dell P4 (I have two around here somewhere)...they have very fast/loud fans that really spin to overcome the lint that usually builds up inside.

I don't think you can get this thing as loud as the Dell got.

That Corsair is rather quiet (not silent, but gentle), and the stock fan isn't much compared to the vacuum cleaner thing Dell put on some of those P4's.
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