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    Question Which Memory

    My copy of windows7 should be with me by this time tomorrow and as it ships with both 32 & 64 bit I thought I would Install the 64 bit version. I currently only have 2Gb of ram, Mushkin hp2 8500 996612, but this is no longer available so I can`t add another 2Gb.

    I`m going to buy a 4Gb kitt,2 X 2Gb, but which to go for?

    My mobo is a GA-EP45-DS3P, unfortunately Mushkin is very difficult to get hold of here in the UK which is a shame so what other brands perform well with this board?

    OCZ, Corsair and Kingston arereadily available but I can also get g.Skill and Geil

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    Default Re: Which Memory

    G.Skill PK series works well in most Gigabyte P45 boards:
    G.SKILL DDRII 1066 PC 8500 4GB (2GBx2) - Aria Technology

    Shop around for a bargain. The prices of DDR2 Aare creeping up. A kit I bought 8 months ago has increased in price by about 20 so far, and has also been replaced with an inferior version (XMS2 PC8500 with 5-6-6-18 timings, mine were 5-5-5-15)
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    Default Re: Which Memory

    Cheers for that Psyco, I`ve heard good and bad about G.skill so I`m still not sure but I`ve book marked it anyway. I would have thought ddr2 would be going down in price now that the i series of intel chips is using ddr3 exclusively.

    I wish I had bought 4 of those Mushkin sticks now but money was a bit tight but I thought I would be able to get some more at a later date. Fat chance now. BTW Aria are the UK distributor for Mushkin but don`t have any at all, strange.
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    Default Re: Which Memory

    It happened with DDRSDRAM too. As a new tech isintroduced, the older tech isstill in production and prices stay the same. After a while prices for the old tech drop, to help shift current stocks. When the old tech production slows right down, the components get rarer, and price shifts back up. It's a supply and demand thing. Soon there'll be virtually no DDR2 being manufactured, and prices may increase even more.

    You will currently pay nearly double the price for 2x1GB of DDR1 than you would for the same quantity of DDR2. Corsair Value Select 2 GB ( 2 x 1 GB ) Memory - DIMM 184-PIN - 400 MHz ( PC3200 )
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    Default Re: Which Memory

    Quote Originally Posted by MrGav View Post
    I would have thought ddr2 would be going down in price now that the i series of intel chips is using ddr3 exclusively.
    Naive thought. I remember upgrading my P4 setup with low latency DDR modules, and they were more expensive than most DDR2 kits that were already widely used.

    Google shopping search bring one store for that memory, you may want to check with them
    Memory > Desktop Memory > Mushkin Inc 996612 - Mushkin High Performance Blue 2GB Kit (2x1GB) PC2-8500 DDR2-1066MHz Unbuffered CL5-5-5-15 240-Pin SDRAM DIMM Memory Mfr P/N 996612
    Keep in mind that using 4 sticks may cause some grief, but then again, 2 sticks might do just as well, there is no guarantee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psycho101 View Post

    You will currently pay nearly double the price for 2x1GB of DDR1 than you would for the same quantity of DDR2. Corsair Value Select 2 GB ( 2 x 1 GB ) Memory - DIMM 184-PIN - 400 MHz ( PC3200 )

    Yeah I found that with my old PC which used pc800, when I went from ME to XP I needed more memory and I paid 60 second hand for 2 x 512Mb sticks and that was 4 years ago, at the time new sticks were in excess of 60 each... ouch
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chike View Post
    Google shopping search bring one store for that memory, you may want to check with them
    Memory > Desktop Memory > Mushkin Inc 996612 - Mushkin High Performance Blue 2GB Kit (2x1GB) PC2-8500 DDR2-1066MHz Unbuffered CL5-5-5-15 240-Pin SDRAM DIMM Memory Mfr P/N 996612
    Keep in mind that using 4 sticks may cause some grief, but then again, 2 sticks might do just as well, there is no guarantee.
    Thanks for the link Chike, last time I googled I came up with something from Amazon but when I tried to buy they didn`t actually have any. I might try this cos I`m happy with the Mushkin and it won`t leave me with two ticks spare. I think tomorrow I`ll swap my memory from slots 1 & 3 to 2 & 4 just to make sure the slots are ok.
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    If I were you I'd sell the Mushkin on eBay. Ordering from overseas can be risky. If UK customs intercept the package, and they check alot of packets, even ones marked "gift", you'll have to pay import duty etc. Happened to me, and made the saving I made ordering from the US pointless. It ended up costing me 10 more than if I had bought it in the UK.
    Coolermaster CM 690 II advance Case
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    P55A-UD4 v2.0 @ F14
    Core i5 760 @ 20 x 201, 4.02GHz
    TRUE Black with a single Noctua NF-P12 pumping out 55 CFM @ 19db .
    2 x 2GB Mushkin Ridgeback (996902), @ 7-10-8-27, 2010-DDR, 1.66v
    2 x Gigabyte GTX 460 1024MB in SLI (Pre OC'd to 715MHz core and 1800MHz VRAM) @ 850 Core / 4100 Mem.
    Intel X25-M Boot Drive (OS and Programs) 200MB/s Read & 90MB/s Write
    Corsair X32 200MB/s Read & 100MB/s Write
    WD Caviar Blue 640GB C (Steam, Games, Storage, Temp Files & Folders, etc)
    Samsung F3 500GB Backup/Images
    Noctua 1300RPM 19dB case fan (rear extraction)
    3 x 140 MM Coolermaster LED fans (one front intake, one top extraction, one side intake)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Psycho101 View Post
    If I were you I'd sell the Mushkin on eBay. Ordering from overseas can be risky. If UK customs intercept the package, and they check alot of packets, even ones marked "gift", you'll have to pay import duty etc. Happened to me, and made the saving I made ordering from the US pointless. It ended up costing me 10 more than if I had bought it in the UK.
    Yeah it crosed my mind and also if I get a duff stick it`s a bit more hassle to sort out.
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    While shopping around last night I found those G.skill sticks at a slightly lower price.

    Then I saw THESE, not much price difference, lower speed but tighter timings and lower voltage.

    Would there be likely to be much difference between the two performance wise and would the pi series suit the p45 board?
    I`m not too bothered about overclocking the ram but which would be best at stock timings?
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