I've got a Dell Precision 450 Workstation- 2.8 ghz xeon. It came with 1 gb ECC ram. It supports up to 2 gb ECC ram or 4 gb non-ECC. And if I go with ECC, it has to be unbuffered according to Dell.
My question is...do I really need ECC ram? This is my workstation, I leave it on almost 24/7, and I do design work mostly in Photoshop. 2-3 times a week I have to encode video. No games, but I do watch and deal with video fairly often.
Nothing's really mission-critical, this isn't a server, and I don't do any CAD.
If I went with unbuffered non-ECC, I might get this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145574
or an equivalent OCZ or PQI or something similar.
If I went with unbuffered ECC, then I'd probably buy Crucial http://www.crucial.com/store/MPartsp...&WSPN=CT566801
What would you guys suggest? I'm looking to upgrade to 2gb.
One other thing...if I go with that unbuffered ECC from crucial, it doesn't come with a heat spreader. Would it be worth it to get one separately, or that would be kinda pointless? I should add I don't overclock and don't plan to.