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Thread: Dual Pack Needed?




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    Okay, my budget is getting tight and with RAM prices tighter every day. I'm looking at building an A64 system with an nForce3 250gb board (as soon as I can get my hands on the mobo). The system primary goal in life is to game, game, and oh did I mention gaming. I don't overclock, and I'd like to get 18 months+ out of the system. I've had my current rig much longer.

    The question is how much trouble am I in if I buy one stick of 512MB PC3200 now and another 512MB in the fall. This isn't a dual channel board, so that shouldn't matter. I'm guessing I'd still need to match the timings (I'm looking at 2-3-2 for the first stick).

    Also, Will 512 be enough (Win XP Home OS)?
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    512mb should be enough.
    event hough the board isnt dual channel you should still try to match the timings of the ram.
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    The board seriously isn't dual channel? You would see noticable performance increases from dual channel. If you haven't already bought the board, you should consider something else.

    In any case, just buy the same stick. Even if you have to buy it somewhere different than the first, you should be able to get the same stick. Doing that should take care of the problems with timings and such.

    I aslo think you get more than 18 months out of this system easily. But if you make sure to get a socket 939 board (assuming you haven't already purchased the motherboard), you would have upgrading options that could make this system last as long as five years without becoming slower than your average computer and in need of replacement.

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    512MB is plenty. Unless you are running something in the background or just an App that will use more than 512MB after installing the OS.

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    The nForce3 250 should be out in socket939 dual channel configuration next month for the new 939pin Athlon64's that will also be out then supporting dual channel memory so be a little patient.

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    If you're using an Athlon 64, you really should get 1GB. Sure, 512MB should be enough, but you will get noticable performance increase in almost any program, especially games. Even on a much weaker processor you would, but on an A64 the difference is much more pronounced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yawgm0th
    The board seriously isn't dual channel? You would see noticable performance increases from dual channel. If you haven't already bought the board, you should consider something else.
    Athlon64 isn't a dual channel CPU, only the Athlon 64 FX is

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    Forgot about that... Not suprising, I didn't even find that out except accidently when I noticed all the socket 754 were lacking in dual channel cpabilities. Bleh... I can't remember what I eat for breakfast either, anyway.

    What do you care for anyway, with all of your damn P4s lying around crunching and gaming... blah blah blah I'm just mumbling now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by amd_man2003
    Athlon64 isn't a dual channel CPU, only the Athlon 64 FX is
    The socket 939 Athlon64's will be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayout44
    Quote Originally Posted by amd_man2003
    Athlon64 isn't a dual channel CPU, only the Athlon 64 FX is
    The socket 939 Athlon64's will be.
    Will be being the key word there...we're talking about a current situation here

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