Originally posted by Sora
So your saying though that having an odd ammount of ram such as 1.5gb wont screw with it? And why wouldnt Dual channel 512 and a solo 1gb for now then maybe another gig like 6 or 7 months down the line?
Dual Channel isn't a technology built into the RAM, its more of a Motherboard feature. Any two sticks of identical
RAM will work in Dual Channel (theoretically doubling the available bandwidth). 1 x 1GB, and 1 x 512MB aren't identical, so they would not be able to run in Dual Channel.
The two main ways of getting to 2GB memory are obviously 2 x 1GB, or 4 x 512MB. Both of these ways would work in Dual Channel mode. However, running 4 sticks on a motherboard forces you to run in 2T timings, which is a bit of an unnecessary performance hit. 2 x 1GB is that preferred way to get to 2GB.
If you get 1 x 1GB, and 1 x 512MB, you will have 1.5GB, but they won't be working in Dual Channel. But you aren't going to be running in Dual Channel with a single 1 x 1GB stick either, so its weird.
TheEnd actually made sense when he recommended that you sell the 512MB when you need to upgrade to 2GB, since 2 x 1GB is perfect. If you want to deal with selling the memory, or doing away with it some other way (second system maybe), then that would be your best option.