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Old 12-03-2008, 12:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hello! new to the forums here.

i'm looking for some guidance in upgrading my RAM from 2gb to 4gb. i'm of mild technical knowledge. built my machine with the help of a friend.

i have the following Gigabyte board : Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

since i built it, i've been using the following RAM with no issues at all: Newegg.com - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

my RAM now is DDR2 800 (2x1gb). i think my mobo can handle DDR2 1066. one question i have is is there a noticeable difference between 800 - 1060?

the list of "approved RAM" on Gigabytes web site is meager. there is only one 2gb stick listed.

what i'm looking for is suggestions on what would be a relatively safe bet for me to upgrade from what i have (2x1gb) to (2x2gb) what do i need to take into consideration?

i do intend on pulling the old ram, just to clarify that.

thanks in advance!!!



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Heya and welcome

There is no noticeable difference although overclocking is a bit better on 1060 ram. The approved list generally don't matter ram is standardised so should fit in any mobo. Your links are broken . why pull the old ram when its perfectly good i would just buy the same again so that you have 4x1gb or 2x dual channel sets it puts a bit of pressure on the northbridge but nothing to worry about. You need a 64bit operating system to run more then 3gb of ram
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Heya and welcome

There is no noticeable difference although overclocking is a bit better on 1060 ram. The approved list generally don't matter ram is standardised so should fit in any mobo. Your links are broken . why pull the old ram when its perfectly good i would just buy the same again so that you have 4x1gb or 2x dual channel sets it puts a bit of pressure on the northbridge but nothing to worry about. You need a 64bit operating system to run more then 3gb of ram
thank you! the ram i have now is not available anymore i'm pretty set on pulling them a going 2x2gb.

here are the links: Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Newegg.com - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
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If you want 4gb get these
Newegg.com - G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

Personally I would use these though and your current ones (they have the same timings)
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
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thanks alot salty. those look nice. i was also considering these : Newegg.com - mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

but i noticed in the reviews of the set you mentioned, someone is using them with the same mobo as i with success.

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The pi blacks are supposedly best in class in terms of price/performance so I would get those. The ones you linked to are good although the brand is a little unknown so may or not be good.
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. The ones you linked to are good although the brand is a little unknown so may or not be good.
but isn't it fun to say?

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