just get 2 sticks of 1 gig of the cheapest ram you can get, I can get it for only 240 aussie dollars, the better brands are starting from around 370 here so its a fair bit cheaper. spend as much as you can on a video card, that is where lies all the gaming performance. If you can sacrifice 1 gig and only go for a total of 1 gig then spend the extra on the GPU, you will be better off. you can always get another gig at a later date but when you get your vid card: it is a replaceable item that cannot be upgraded, you will then have to remove it and just get another one. Spend ya money on the GPU is what im trying to say and not on expensive ram at all. If you want to sit around and overclock then by all means go the good ram but if you just want to game on then go the best GPU you can afford.
If you plan on getting the opty, then you must be overclocking, and the best way to do that, is find high speed ram. PC4000 should do, and I imagine you could find it relatively cheap if you dont mind the relaxed timings (which shouldn't be an issue for a budget gamer)
but Im thinking what if he wants to do an upgrade to 2 gigs in the future, maybe better off with 1 x 1gig stick?? sorry I didnt know you wanted to do some overclocking, dumb me, this is the place after all:withstupi
Well the motherboard im looking at has 4 slots and i doubt i would ever need all 4GB it can take. Im quite happy with 1GB because i generally dont do anything to demanding apart from gaming. My main problem is that the price tends to sky and clears my budget with leaps and bounds every time i try to plan a build. thats why this time im trying to get very low budget stuff and then see what cash i have spare to make some changes.
well your RAM choice will largely depend on your mobo choice. so you need to pick a motherboard before you choose your RAM.
since you are on a budget and want to oc I would recommend you get 2x512 rather than 2x1gb. 512mb sticks oc better than 1gb and you'll be able to get better ram for less. You can always use a dividor and get by w/ some value ram... but try to shoot for something w/ tight timings. 2-2-2-5
Gaming is the most demanding of all pretty well, 2 gig of ram will benefit you now and in the future, if you do go the 2 x 512 sticks that is still fine, you can just put 2 more in the other slots to make up the 2 gig in the future, that will just limmit your ram overclock and at stock it will be running slower than the ram specs but you can sort that out easy enough, so I am going with what is mentioned above now, go 2 x 512 sticks, I just dont want you to have the grief with 4 sticks like I have got.
go with a set of good ram and a good cooler (Big Typhoon or XP-120) and silverstone fan. get your temps low and sound bearable enough so you can OC some more if you really want it. Also, get a better vid card...maybe 6600gt or 6800gs depending on how much money you have left over.
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