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Old 09-22-2004, 04:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 512meg pc3200 or 1gig pc2700

ok, got a friend who has a gig of pc2700 mem runnin at 166mhz fsb. he found somewhere where he can buy pc3200 at a decent price.. would it be worth it? going from 166 up to 200mhz fsb even though he is loosing half his memory space? all he does is play games

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the PC2700 runs at 333MHz, it's DDR (Double Data Rate) so the 166 is only half the equation..... If you're CPU's FSB is 200 then it'd be more efficient to go with the PC3200 ram otherwise you'd just have a bottleneck in your system......If he's got a 200FSB CPU then I'd say go with the PC3200 because he can only buy more later. If his processor doesn't have the 200FSB then well I'd still go with PC3200 because if he ever wants to upgrade his processor the RAM is already taken care of and again he could always buy the other half of the memory later. We're talkin speed vs quantity almost...I couldn't tell you what kind of comparison is between a gig of PC2700 and just 512 of PC3200, but for upgrade reasons down the road I'd say go for the PC3200.
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