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New PC - 1Gb or 2Gb memory?

Discussion in 'Computer Components' started by Triggaaar, Aug 18, 2005.

  1. Triggaaar

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    Without going into too much detail, after an 8 month delay, I'm trying to order a new PC today - AMD Athlon 64 3500, SLi board, 6600GT, lots of HD and power etc.

    I'll be paying full price for all but the CPU, motherboard and memory, which I'll be getting a 50% discount on (company reasons).

    Therefore, I'm wondering if it's worth getting an extra gig of memory, or if I'm not going to be needing more than 1gig for years.

    The only use I thought may like extra memory was photograpy (slide shows, editing, large pics - Nik D70). Also used for games, dvd etc.

    Thanks
     
  2. Greg Hook

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    Definitely go for 2.
     
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    Photoshop (picture editing) will eat everything you've got and more!

    Cheers

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  5. KoThreads

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    1 Gig of corsair is £65 at Ebuyer, might be less elsewhere, so if you can get it for less it's a nobrainer.
     
  6. Triggaaar

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    Thanks guys.

    It's not that it's any cheaper, just that I'll put it through the company - can't justify putting HDs and GC through, but can with memory (& cpu). I haven't seen anyone using 2 gig with the specs here, although I haven't looked on the forum for a while. Wasn't sure if it was useful for photos, or if 1 gig was more than enough.

    I guess I should get DDR Twin X (Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe socket 939)

    £214.44 - 2Gb (2x1GB)Corsair, DDR400, non-ECC, 2x184 DIMM, unbuffered
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    £240.88 - 2Gb ( 2 x 1 Gb) Corsair TwinX, DDR, PC3200, ECC Registered

    Any suggestions?
    PS - buying from scan, along with everything else
     
  7. Triggaaar

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    Missed that, thanks. 2 Gb it is.

    Am I better just getting 2Gb of cheap corsair, rather than DDR Twin X?

    Cheers guys
     
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    Only buy ECC Registered memory if you know your motherboard and CPU support it.

    I think ECC Registered is for Opteron not Athlon, but someone else may know better.

    I would go for the TwinX. Your cpu and motherboard are Dual Channel capable. Although it does not make a vast difference speed wise it does make some and the premium is not substantial. You also have the advantage that Corsair test their memory in dual channel mode on ASUS motherboards so you know its got to work, this is especially helpful as TwinX uses agressive timings which do not work by default on all systems, and I know, I have to work them out by hand.

    Don't know how you build your computer, but I recommend and overnight burn in with memtest before you start installing anything.

    Cheers

    Rajiv

    Cheers

    Rajiv
     
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    You can always go for 3GB, if you by from the crucial website it's cheap and free delivery and you should be able to search by your motherboard...

    www.crucial.com
     
  10. Triggaaar

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    Cheers guys, 1 PC ordered.

    You were right, had to go for non ECC.

    Got 2Gb - not into loads of photoshop yet (old PC can only just view the pics), but would like to be. Still I doubt I'll use it enough to demand 3 gig.

    Thanks again for quick responses.
     
  11. Triggaaar

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    Cool website, thanks. I've ordered it from Scan though, having the whole lot delivered tomorrow, so I can start building it over the weekend, before my helper disappears on holiday.
     
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    If it was going through my company my Asus would suddenly jump from 1 to 3. Well I can dream can't I. :D

    That sounds like I have a company. If I had it would go t*** up in a week.
     

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