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Old 12-18-03, 07:05 PM
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Last couple questions for my computer..

Here is the list of parts I have so far:


ASUS NFORCE2 A7N8X DELUXE MOBO
160GIG MAXTOR HARD DRIVE
52X LITE-ON CDRW
56K MODEM
MITSUMI 3 1/2 FLOPPY
ANTEC SUPER QUIET CASE
WINDOWS XP PRO

so as far as I can tell the only things I need to get rolling are the cpu and the ram.

1) I am leaning towards the amd 2500+, but for like $12 more I can get the 2600+...is it worth the few extra bucks? Should I be looking at something even faster than these?

2) Which of these ram are better? I can't really tell the difference.
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...ctCode=80097-1
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http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...6&searchdepa=0

3) Anything else I'm overlooking for my computer? things like the dvd rom, etc and coming soon..
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The RAM is the same thing except one has a silver-colored heat spreader and one has a black-colored one.

You could get memory that will run at faster timings if you want to spend about $25 more.
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how much of a difference will I actually notice if I get the better ram?
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Hard to say, probably less than 10%, maybe around 2-5%. Maybe around the same difference as if you got the 2600 instead of the 2500 CPU.

If you want to overclock though you'd probably notice more of a difference.
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Tell me you're gonna get 2 sticks of those RAM. And don't waste your money on faster timing RAM, the one you listed is fast enough and can most likely be set to faster timing on the more expensive RAM.
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I'm only going to go with one stick for now. I figure getting one 512 and running it in single mode, is better than 2 256's running in dual mode because if I ever upgrade I'd have to replace the 256's.
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Don't forget the Athlon 64 FX-51.
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FX-51 = $750. nForce3 or KT800 mobo = $200+. Pair of ECC RAM = $350.

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Don't forget the Athlon 64 FX-51.
If he's not gonna pay for a Gig of RAM, what makes you think he's gonna go for the socket 940?
Old 12-19-03, 07:52 AM
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$750? No way am I going toshell out that much. My entire computer is only going to cost $550.
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Originally posted by FuzzyBallz
FX-51 = $750. nForce3 or KT800 mobo = $200+. Pair of ECC RAM = $350.



If he's not gonna pay for a Gig of RAM, what makes you think he's gonna go for the socket 940?
It was just a joke. I keep fantasizing about the computer I want to build.
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Originally posted by namrufmot
I'm only going to go with one stick for now. I figure getting one 512 and running it in single mode, is better than 2 256's running in dual mode because if I ever upgrade I'd have to replace the 256's.
Actually, this is true for other reasons too.

A single stick of high quality/performance low latency RAM will be (according to the nerds) in single channel will be faster because of lower latency - compared to than 2 sticks of lesser RAM.

Dual channel is worth it for sure if you run nforce2 integrated graphics (IGP) - the stats prove that out. If you are running an AGP card on a nf2 board then single channel should be better depending on your RAM all things considered. Of course, most people will usually do 2x512mb sticks versus 1gig sticks because of price.

With intel products, the reverse applies. It's beneficial running dual channel. It's worth it. So, get 2 sticks of high quality RAM for intel.
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Can someone point me somewhere that will give a good description of dual-channel memory, what it is, what it does, specs?

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