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Old September 1, 2007, 05:31 PM
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Default Crucial - 2gb (8500) vs 4gb (5300)

Hey folks !
This will be approximately my config to my next pc:
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620W POWER ATX CORSAIR HX
S775 ASUS P5KC P35 PCIE
INTEL CORE 2 QUAD Q6600 2.40G/1066/8M/S775
GeForce 8800ULTRA - 768MB - PCI-E - Dual DVI (PV-T80U-SHF9)
CPU FAN TT MAX ORB S754/S939/AM2/775
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I'l do basiclty 3D modeling, video editing and gaming.


The question is about the RAM !
I want to have the best performance for the best price...
I have two choices in mind :

2GB kit (1GBx2), Ballistix 240-pin DIMM, DDR2 PC2-8500 memory module
2GB kit (1GBx2), Ballistix 240-pin DIMM, DDR2 PC2-8500 upgrades for ASUS P5KC Motherboard, CT689193 from Crucial.com
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4GB kit (2GBx2), 240-pin DIMM, DDR2 PC2-5300 memory module
4GB kit (2GBx2), 240-pin DIMM, DDR2 PC2-5300 upgrades for ASUS P5KC Motherboard, CT689168 from Crucial.com

Which is more important, the # of GB (2 vs 4) or the speed (8500 vs 5300)
The price is not a big difference, so that's why I still wonder which one between this two.
I'v checked the OCZ REAPER and the Corsair Dominator, but heard the Crucial Balistix got better technology (and more choices).

Thanks to all.

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Old September 1, 2007, 05:53 PM
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If you have any intention of overclocking your system in the future, stay away from anything lower than PC2 6400, especially when dealing with an intel chipset as you don't have the option to unlink the memory.
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The 4GB kit is really cheapy looking IMO.

The 2GB kit is much better. I'd run 4x1GB (I do myself), it's cheaper that way.

Definitely get PC6400 or higher though. You'll probably want 4GB for what you plan to do. Seeing as your already spending so much, just get yourself some high-quality 4GB set.

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Niec, thanks for the fast answer, then i'l get the 8500.
but I didn't managed to find good quality 4gb (6400 +)
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If your mem budget is $300 you should definitely be getting 4GB - especially for 3d modeling..

Patriot 6400 $279 Patriot Extreme Performance DDR2 4GB (2 x 2GB) PC2-6400 Enhanced Latency Dual Channel Kit - Memory Express

GSkill 6400 $289 http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...acture=G.SKILL

OCZ 1GB x4 6400 $235-20 MIR
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...Z%20Technology


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I'd go with 2 sets of these:
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...acture=MUSHKIN
They use Micron D9GMH (B6-3) with Brainpower PCB.

High-quality RAM for cheap
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Old September 1, 2007, 08:23 PM
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My suggestion is 2x2GB configuration hands down. I prefer density over bandwidth.
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thanks :D
finally, I found two models.

OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 / 800MHz / Vista Performance / Gold Edition / 4GB (2x2048) Kit
CL 5-5-5-15
and

OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 / 800MHz / Vista Performance / Platinum Edition / 4GB (2x2048) Kit
CL 5-4-4-18

The difference, is the latency.
but it`s soo close.
can`t see which one could be better.
even the price, depends on what site I check...
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Go with the platinum if possible. That's ranked higher than gold by OCZ.
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nice
thaks all !
it helped.
Hope it helped other readers to :)
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