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weslem27 
23/8/08 5:52:32 PM
Charge

Hey All. I have an old-ish computer at home that my family uses, but it's a little sluggish especially when my brother plays games on it. Come to find out it only has 1GB of DDR2-533 RAM. I would like to kick this up to 3GB, but i don't wanna spend a lot of money. So i am looking for some cheap ram that will fill the slots.

I was thinking of buying 2x1GB of DDR2-800 and putting that in a dual channel config, but is it possible to do that and use the slower 533 ram as well in a 3rd slot? (I live in WA btw).

Also would there be a noticeable difference in CL5 compared to CL4 RAM?

Thanks in advance.


Edited by weslem27: 23/8/2008 6:03:35 PM

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tantryl 
23/8/08 8:42:15 PM
SuperHero
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Can't run three sticks in dual channel. It's either on or off, never on on two sticks and off on one.

Let us know the mainboard and CPU so we can advise properly, but in general grabbing the 2GB DDR2-667 Corsair or Kingston sticks from Austin for $49/$50 should serve you well.

CL4 and CL5 you'll generally see around 0.5-1% performance difference with the Core architecture. But it isn't particularly relevant since you'll likely be limited by your 533 stick.

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weslem27 
23/8/08 9:25:24 PM
Charge

Ah ok. So to run dual channel you have to have 2 or 4 sticks?

The motherboard is an Abit KN9S ( http://tinyurl.com/abit-kn9s ) and the CPU is an AMD Athlon X2 (Dual Core) 4600+

So with the limitation of the 533 stick would it be better to get rid of it and just use 2x1GB 667 or would it be better to just have the greater amount of ram?

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eckythump 
24/8/08 12:16:06 AM
Champion

Depends what you're doing.

If you get rid of the 533 stick, you'll not only have 2-sticks of RAM running in dual channel, but two faster sticks running in dual-channel.

(That said, it doesn't make that much of a difference.)

I'd get the cheapest 2gb DDR2-800 kit you can lay your hands on and see how it goes with all three sticks, and ditch the old RAM if it's problematic. 2gb should suit you just fine for most tsks.

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SyKRyD 
26/8/08 2:09:09 PM
Apprentice
i think more ram will always beat fast ram if you dont have enough.. once you've satisfied the amount of ram first then the speed comes into play. keep that in mind.

if its an old system anyways, take advantage of the cheap slower ram.

hey tantryl, how did you know the existing 1gb was on one stick? could have been 2x512mb. in which case will you get dual channel with 2x512mb + 2x1gb? right?

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tantryl 
26/8/08 2:50:43 PM
SuperHero
Immortal


SyKRyD - he talks of putting the DDR2-533 "in the third slot".

I made an assumption he wasn't going to try and cram two sticks into one slot.

*EDIT* And in a Windows XP x86 system you might actually be slower with 3GB of RAM at the same speed as 2GB of RAM for the majority of tasks. WXP-32 isn't great at handling 2GB+. With Vista on the other hand you'd definitely go for 3GB at a slightly slower frequency/timing. Vista loves the stuff.


Edited by tantryl: 26/8/2008 2:52:27 PM

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SyKRyD 
26/8/08 4:38:53 PM
Apprentice
ah.. good pick up. i didnt see that =S

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