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Thread: Memories... (RAM)




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    I am building my first custom computer. The problem is... what memory to use. It will be a p4, so the options are SDRAM, DDR, or RAMBUS.

    I know rambus is the most expensive, but is it worth the cash? This is holding me back, since I have to decide what memory to pick - goes to a different motherboard.

    Thanks
    purchased:
    - ABIT TH7II INTEL 850
    - P4/2.0 AG 512K 400MHZ 478PIN
    - 2 X RAMBUS RIMM 256M - 800MHZ -KINGSTON
    - 19” FD Trinitron® CRT HMD-A400/L
    - Lite On 40X12X48 CDRW
    - CASE CHIEF|DX-01SLD
    - ENERMAX EG365P-VE(FM). 350W Power supply for AMD K7 & Pentium4
    - VGA ATI|RADEON 8500LE 64M
    - SONY 1.44MB 3.5 INCH INTERNAL FDD DRIVE
    - HERCULES GAMING THEATER XP 6.1
    - WD WESTERN DIGITAL "SPECIAL EDITION" 80GB 7200RPM (Cache 8MB !!!)

    STILL TO BUY:
    - keyboard (lol)
    Help me out in my thread: http://forums.tweaktown.com/showthre...&threadid=3988

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    I'd go for a i845D motherboard solution - DDR memory.
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    Im thinking of the DDR also. I think RAMBUS is overrated. However, the mobo I am planning to use is an ABIT BD7II :) Let me know what you think of this combo.
    purchased:
    - ABIT TH7II INTEL 850
    - P4/2.0 AG 512K 400MHZ 478PIN
    - 2 X RAMBUS RIMM 256M - 800MHZ -KINGSTON
    - 19” FD Trinitron® CRT HMD-A400/L
    - Lite On 40X12X48 CDRW
    - CASE CHIEF|DX-01SLD
    - ENERMAX EG365P-VE(FM). 350W Power supply for AMD K7 & Pentium4
    - VGA ATI|RADEON 8500LE 64M
    - SONY 1.44MB 3.5 INCH INTERNAL FDD DRIVE
    - HERCULES GAMING THEATER XP 6.1
    - WD WESTERN DIGITAL "SPECIAL EDITION" 80GB 7200RPM (Cache 8MB !!!)

    STILL TO BUY:
    - keyboard (lol)
    Help me out in my thread: http://forums.tweaktown.com/showthre...&threadid=3988

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    There's some good reviews around on the original version so I'd imagine that in usual Abit fashion that the newer one would only be better. :smokin:
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    Since it seems that you're looking at a processor in the 1.6 - 2.0 GHz range, the DDR board should do just fine. If you have future plans of a processor in the 2.4GHz range or higher, however, you should take a look at RDRAM. Though it is more expensive than DDR, it is able to handle the larger dataflow and bandwidth offered by the high-end processors.

    Just food for thought. :)
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    It really depends on what you use your machine for. In Australia, PC-2700 DDR SDRAM and PC-800 RDRAM are roughly the same price. If long, sustained data transfers are needed (video editing) then RDRAM will kick DDR's backside and make it squeal like a schoolgirl. But if random, small amounts of data are needed, DDR SDRAM (due to its lower latency) will pummel RDRAM into the ground.

    Just my thoughts :)
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    Yeah, both DDR or RD RAM with absolutely PASTE SDRAM with p4's....why did they produce a SDRAM chipset for the p4? DDR and SDR around the same price anyway:rolleyes2
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    Quote Originally Posted by daedalus
    Yeah, both DDR or RD RAM with absolutely PASTE SDRAM with p4's....why did they produce a SDRAM chipset for the p4? DDR and SDR around the same price anyway:rolleyes2
    Because when the SDRAM P4 setups first hit the streets, the DDR was about twice the cost of SDRAM, and RDRAM was just outrageous. The SDRAM system was aimed at the budget-minded folks who still wanted the added horsepower of the Pentium4 line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daedalus
    Yeah, both DDR or RD RAM with absolutely PASTE SDRAM with p4's....why did they produce a SDRAM chipset for the p4? DDR and SDR around the same price anyway:rolleyes2

    DDR is the same price as SDRAM down there? It commands about a 30% premium up here :(
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