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Thread: What kind of DDR for me?




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    I have a Intel 845PE Chipset based motherboard and a 2.53ghz Pentium 4 Northwood on a 533mhz FSB. Currently I have one stick of Nanya 256mb DDR SDRAM PC2700 (DDR333). My motherboard has wo RAM slots and I belive it does not support Dual-Channel unfortunately. I was wondering what speed of DDR for me-----DDR333 again? or DDR400? (DDR500 is out of my price range). What speed of RAM would have my CPU and memory running at a 1:1 ratio? Should I get two sticks or one? ( I am planning on either 512mb or 1gb depending on price).
    Intel Pentium 4 2.53GHZ 533FSB
    1024MB PC-3200 DDR-SDRAM
    Sapphire Radeon 9800PRO 128MB
    Foxconn 865-PE6LS Motherboard
    Western Digital WD400BB 40GB, Western Digital WD600BB 60GB Hard Drives
    POWTEC Demon 480W PSU
    Dell UltraSharp 18001FP 18" LCD Monitor
    Windows XP Professional SP2

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    its best to match the ram even if not using dual channel so anther stick of nanya pc2700 would be best. unless you sell the stick you already have and get 2 sticks of PC 3200 or 3500 which would be useful if oyu upgrade hte processor.
    1 to 1 ration would be DDR266 with that processor. it wouldnt be a good idea to get memory that slow though as it will limit upgrading
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    Thanks, but just wondering, would faster RAM like PC3200 or 3500 really benefit me, or will the difference be negigible? Just trying to get the right RAM for the best price.
    Intel Pentium 4 2.53GHZ 533FSB
    1024MB PC-3200 DDR-SDRAM
    Sapphire Radeon 9800PRO 128MB
    Foxconn 865-PE6LS Motherboard
    Western Digital WD400BB 40GB, Western Digital WD600BB 60GB Hard Drives
    POWTEC Demon 480W PSU
    Dell UltraSharp 18001FP 18" LCD Monitor
    Windows XP Professional SP2

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    The difference should be huge with PC3200 if your board supports it. PC3500 is great for overclocking, but stick with PC3200 if your on a budget.

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