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  • artsci2
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    Originally posted by RealNC View Post
    4GB DDR2 RAM (2x2GB), even low-latency 4-4-4-12 800Mhz, costs 65$ (50€ here.) I know because I just bought it a week ago

    So 75$ for only 2GB is WAY overpriced.
    Yeah that's my point. DDR2 is much less than half the cost of DDR. At least here it is. I think they are trying to discourage upgrades and get us to buy new gear all around.

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  • RealNC
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    4GB DDR2 RAM (2x2GB), even low-latency 4-4-4-12 800Mhz, costs 65$ (50€ here.) I know because I just bought it a week ago

    So 75$ for only 2GB is WAY overpriced.

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  • artsci2
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    Just an idea here but:

    Go with the 1Gb stick and add another 1Gb when you can afford it.

    Also look at the possibility of buying a MB/CPU combo that uses DDR2.

    The local store has 2Gb DDR2 for $25. Two sticks of 1Gb DDR mem is $75

    (www.digilinkcomputers.com)

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  • MetalheadGautham
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    Thanks. But what about stuff like compile times ?

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  • StringCheesian
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    Here's a benchmark comparing dual to single channel:
    http://www.devhardware.com/c/a/Memory/Dual-Channel/3/

    The difference is small enough that if I were you I would go for 1.25GB.

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  • 1.25GB Single channel vs 1GB Dual Channel 400MHz DDR1 RAM

    I am considering a basic upgrade to my rig (in my sig).

    I am planning to buy an extra GB of RAM so that I can run KDE4.1 and other RAM intensive apps.

    I have 2 slots for DDR RAM, and one slot is occupied by a 256MB DDR1 400MHz stick. I want to know if I will get better performance by inserting 1GB in the other slot, or by removing current stick and going 512MB + 512MB dual channel.

    My motherboard has no expansion slots except two PCI slots and a PCIe x1 slot, and I have onboard GMA 900 Graphics. You can see that gaming is clearly not my priority, yet I older run games like Unreal Tournament 2004, Urban Terror, Quake 3, etc on linux and GTA 3/VC/SA, Halo, Counter Strike and DoTA on windows. But I care more about performance while compiling, opening lots of tabs in firefox, multitasking, etc than about gaming, unless I get a really huge boost while gaming.

    On linux, I currently manage to game at minimum settings on Urban Terror with 100FPS by launching it on archlinux from startx command by placing urban terror in .xinitrc. I know its somewhat cheap, but the performance boost is huge. I got a good boost by changing the VRAM in the BIOS from 8mb to 32mb and launching the game this crazy way to save resources.

    Other than gaming, I plan to shift to Gentoo 64bit and do a lot of compiling. I plan to use RatPoison, IceWM, Xfce and KDE4.1 as my WMs/DEs. I often do things like listening to music, running a download client, running firefox, running a bittorrent client, running system-updater, and a simple app in wine at the same time.

    Please advice, as I am going to buy the ram very soon.
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