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Thread: changing RAM, what will happen and should I?




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    Default changing RAM, what will happen and should I?

    Hey guys,

    I currently have 2 sticks of 3700 speed ram in my sys. I'm thinking that might be why ive been able to overclock so high (2.6-3.4). I am thinking about replacing my ram with 2 512mb sticks of 3200. Should I do this? What would be the end result?
    Thanks alot,
    Mike
    Pentium 4 CPU 2.60GHz @ 3.4 ghz
    ABIT A17 Motherboard
    1 GB PC3700 DDR-SDRAM
    Nvidia Geforce FX 6800 GT core 400 mem 1050
    Watercooled CPU and GPU
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    Default Re: changing RAM, what will happen and should I?

    Only if it is Cas2 PC3200 will it be worth it and/or make a difference.

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    Default Re: changing RAM, what will happen and should I?

    the having a gig of ram as opposed to 512 mb, wont be a noticeable difference?
    Pentium 4 CPU 2.60GHz @ 3.4 ghz
    ABIT A17 Motherboard
    1 GB PC3700 DDR-SDRAM
    Nvidia Geforce FX 6800 GT core 400 mem 1050
    Watercooled CPU and GPU
    WD 80 GB 7200rpm HDD
    WD 250 GB 7200 HDD
    Atapi CD-ROM 48x
    HP DVD Writer 300n
    Realtek 6 Channel Audio
    Windows XP Professional
    430 watt Antec TruePower

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    Default Re: changing RAM, what will happen and should I?

    It will make a huge difference. He probably thought you wouldn't be changing amounts. More RAM helps, but you currently have your processor's FSB at about 262 if my math is right, which just so happens to be about speed of PC3700 RAM. You can run your RAM and CPU with async speeds, but that will reduce performance.

    Basically, it depends what you do. I'd rather have 512MB of RAM at ~260MHz than 1GB at 200MHz for most gaming (maybe not Doom 3 since it uses a lot of RAM but not a lot of CPU power), but for multitasking and memory-intensive applications I'd rather have the 1GB.

    If you really want, see how the PC3200 affects your overclock and see if it means more or less performance in the main application you use. Sometimes more RAM is better than faster RAM, sometimes it isn't.

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