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Hey guys, recently I'm in the market to purchase some new RAM for a system that I've been saving up for. The system that I'm trying to build will not be performing any gaming/encoding it will only be used for web browsing and occasional video streaming. At the moment I'm looking at DDR2 and DDR3 ram and can't decide which would better suit my needs. Would it be better to go with the DDR2 800 CL5 over the DDR3 1333 CL9?
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It will make little to no difference between DDR2 to DDR3.
DDR 3 is about 5% better than DDR2 over all.
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Originally Posted by dixson01974 View Post
It will make little to no difference between DDR2 to DDR3.
DDR 3 is about 5% better than DDR2 over all.
Then would you say the DDR2 with timings of 5-5-5-15 would out perform the DDR3 9-9-9-24 when it comes to simple web surfing and video streaming?
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post #4 of 11
About the same in performance. 1333 9-9-9 = 1066 7-7-7 = 800 5-5-5. If you want to run DDR3. You be better off getting 1333 7-7-7.
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post #5 of 11
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+rep, that really clears things up. I think I'll stick with the DDR3 mainly because its cheaper and it has a higher maximum theoretical transfer rate. Not to mention newer boards are much more compatible with DDR3.
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post #6 of 11
DDR2-800 CL5 is about equal to 1600 CL10... likewise it'd be slightly better or equal to 1333 CL9. However:
1. Going 2x1GB is unwise, all 2x1GB right now are ripoffs, especially those G.Skill 1333 CL9
2. Going 1333 CL9 when you obviously have better choices for the price nowadays is unwise
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
DDR2-800 CL5 is about equal to 1600 CL10... likewise it'd be slightly better or equal to 1333 CL9. However:
1. Going 2x1GB is unwise, all 2x1GB right now are ripoffs, especially those G.Skill 1333 CL9
2. Going 1333 CL9 when you obviously have better choices for the price nowadays is unwise
Well what RAM do you suggest? I'm trying to keep my budget under $40 and I don't think I'll need more than 2gb of ram, thinking about installing a linux based OS.

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Just found those and posted them everywhere. Looks like the cheapest 2x2GB DDR3 around, beating every single other thing by 1000 miles I highly suggest you get this great deal OCZ can be pretty reliable in posting RMAs, though they're a bit more notorious for a high DOA rate (though their warranty/support is quite okay to make up).
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Haha, alright thanks!
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I hope you've read the news about OCZ exiting the RAM business before spending on that kit.
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