Originally Posted by Invisible
2 gb is all you need for gaming atm, but if you really want 4 gb
2 x 2 ddr2 800 is the way to go, so you still have a couple open slots just in case
I've heard a couple people espouse this same position, but it seems slightly crcular in logic to me. If you really only need 2g then why would you worry about the future expandability beyond 4g?
Going 2x2g is about $80 - $100 more expensive than 4x1g. True, you are using all your slots, so you don't have room to expand. But if 2g is sufficient now, than just going 4g is it's own future proofing.
Is there a performance lag in 4x1g relative to 2x2g? Is it really worth the extra $$ to leave two slots open so that you can go to 8g later?
I'm going with 4g so that I can run Vista without a (noticeable) gaming hit. I'm just going 4x1g. Maybe I'm shooting myself in the foot, but if I'm probably safe with 2g now, I figure I'm real safe with 4g - and I have an extra $100 to spend somewhere else.
Then again, I'm a total computer-building noob, so maybe somewhere will correct my logic here.