Hopefully, this is posted in the appropriate forum
New system spec P4C800-E Deluxe, 2.8C P4, 1Gig (2X512 DDR), ATI 9700 Pro, SATA Raid 0 setup
Question Best bang for the buck DDR Ram.
A lot has changed since I built my last system 24+ months ago and I am getting a brainpain trying to figure out the best cost/speed ratio and still stay within my budget. At the moment I want to put in 1Gig of ram, but would like to upgrade to 2Gig in the future. I have read on numerous forums that the Intel 865 / 875 chipset have problems with running 4 dimms with tight timings, so upgrading to 2 Gig might not be a viable option.
I believe I have narrowed down the best memory to use with this MB to the following. My problem is that I do not have a clue if it is worth the money for the lower latency ram (around $100 more for 2-2-2 latency ram). Also, should go with a slightly slower ram to be able to upgrade to 2Gig of memory in the future?
Corsair XMS Extreme Memory Speed Series, (Twin Pack) 184 Pin 1GB(512MBx2) DDR PC-3200 Retail
Latency 2-3-3-6 1T ($213)
Corsair XMS Extreme Memory Speed Series, (Twin Pack) 184 Pin 1GB(512MBx2) DDR PC-3200
Latency 2-3-2-6 1T ($251) ß Recommended Ram form Corsair
Mushkin 184 Pin 1GB(512MBx2) DDR PC-3500 Level One Dual Pack Retail
Latency 2-3-3 ($199)
Mushkin 184 Pin 1GB(512MBx2) DDR PC-3500 Level II Dual Pack Retail
Latency 2-2-2 ($308) ß Recommended Ram from Mushkin
Both manufactures recommend their most expensive memory (of course). I just am not sure it is worth the $$ verses the actual increase in system performance. Which is the reason I am posting here.
Thank you for your time.