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Computer Memory help needed.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Mitzs, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. Mitzs
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    Mitzs Ducktape Goddess

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    ok, I like to add 2 more gigs of memory to my desktop next month. I already have 1gig of DDR PC2-5300 Curcial says I can put in DDR2 PC2-6400 plus a couple of other speeds but they are out of the price range for now. What I am wondering is there a big difference in these 2 speeds? Would I be better off to just pull the stick I have in there now and just add the 2 new ones if I go with a different speed. Or is there just not enough of a difference between the 2 and I should just stick with what I have?

    What I have already
    http://www.crucial.com/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=F0D1B07AA5CA7304

    What I am looking at
    http://www.crucial.com/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=539A5783A5CA7304
     
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  2. Raffaz

    Raffaz Kebab Lover Gold Member

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    I dont think you will see a major difference from stepping up in speed, the main difference will be because your changing from 1gb to 2gb. I personally would just stick with what you have but fit more of it.
     
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  3. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

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    what he said ^

    A higher MHz does not always mean it will be a lot faster. I have seen better latencies on 2 1GBPC6400 (800MHz) dimms than 2 x 1GBPC8500 (1066MHz) dimms.

    The latency is what you looking for, that the series of numbers that might go 5-5-5-15 for example the lower the better.

    or it could say CL=5 as your does against the one your are looking at which say CL=6, so as Raffaz says just stick with what you have and get another dimm.
     
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  4. Qs

    Qs Semi-Honorary Member Gold Member

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    Stick with your current sticks. (...boom boom)

    You won't really notice a tangible increase in speed if you upgrade when compared to quantity in your current set-up.

    Best advice has already been given - Get another 1 gig stick of ram at the same speed. :)

    Qs
     
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  5. Mitzs
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    Hey guys, I appreciate the feed back. I guess I will stick with what I have then and get 2 more gigs. Photoshop should have enough to play with then and my computer can function to it full ability then. Thanks guys!
     
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  6. rax

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    Agree with above. It's not always a wise idea to mix and match different speeds either.
     
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