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Old April 1, 2011, 06:37 PM
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Default striker extreme new ram ddr2

Hi, my ram (4gigs ocz) died awhile ago (like over a year ), and I've been using 2x1gb kingston 800mhz ram ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product ).

My graphics card recently died on me(evga 8800 GTS 640) so I've decided to buy a 460gtx hawk, and I'm wondering if I should purchase new RAM as well. If I do buy new ram I'll probably want 4gigs. But, I would like to know if the ram I'm using is suitable (my computer runs slow at times, obviously it could be a number of things ..including the graphics card that just died ..but I feel like upgrading ram will help).

I have my eye on some G.Skill sticks, all 2x2gb DDR2:

$65 800mhz 5-5-5-15
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231122

$80 800mhz 4-4-4-12
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231209

$85 1066mhz 5-5-5-15
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231246

Note: Do the 4-4-4-12 timings over 555 outweigh the 1066 over 800? If neither matters that much, then I can just get the cheaper ram :D

ALTERNATIVELY, what if I just bought 2 more sticks of the kingston I'm using (to total 4gb) for $30, would that be acceptable or would I notice a performance increase by purchasing some G.Skill ram(or whatever 'gaming geared' ram)? J/w since I'm dishing out $180 for the hawk, I would like to keep costs down, assuming minimal/no performance loss.

My foremost concern is do I NEED completely new ram? Or will 2 more gb of the kingston do me solid? Also, could I buy say 2 gigs of some G.Skill, and put them in WITH my kingston? I don't think that works, but I'll ask anyway.


SYSTEM SPECS:
Asus Striker Extreme
Q6600
MSI GTX 460 Hawk
1000 watt PSU
XP pro 64bit

Frankly, I'm a bit upset that ddr2 is still so expensive. I would like to know if the cost difference is justified between those sticks, also if you want to suggest any other ram, please do, G.Skill just seems like reliable ram.

I mainly use my pc for gaming. I will be playing SC2, HoN, some source engine games, and prob some of the newer 'pretty' games once I get my new gpu. As of right now nothing is overclocked, but I do plan to OC my CPU, and I wouldn't mind OCing my ram if it's worth it.

Sorry for the wall of text, and THANK YOU for reading this and I appreciate any advice -- but please don't respond with simply "buy this", if you could try to answer my questions and perhaps give a reason why I should "buy this".
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