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Memory

By Duress
Aug 6, 2008
  1. I am going to buy a new computer, but I don't know what type of memory I should buy yet. I intend to use this computer for multitasking and gaming/multimedia

    3.072 MB 800 MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2 x 1.024 + 2 x 512]

    or

    4.096 MB 800 MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [4 x 1.024]

    Does it matter that it gets it memory from 2 different sources [2 x 1.024 + 2 x 512] or 1 source [4 x 1.024]. And does it matter that it uses 4 slots?
     
  2. woody1191

    woody1191 TS Rookie Posts: 572

    I would say go with the Same Size Option and use the 4x1Gb sticks this will rule out any Incompatibility Issues that may occur with 2 different size RAM sticks.
    You can get issues with mixing different size sticks, I damaged my HDD permanently and had to replace it when I mixed the RAM, they were the same Manufacturer and everything else just different size Memory (512mb and 1Gb RAM sticks).

    It doesn't matter if you use 4 slots.

    Are you using a 64bit OS?
    If you aren't using a 64bit OS then you only need 3Gb max.
    If you are using a 64bit OS then you are ok with either RAM set you put above but you should use the 4 1Gb sticks for the reason I mentioned above.

    Hope that answers your question.
     
  3. Duress

    Duress TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hmm, I'm not sure what OS I use. How can I find what bit OS I use?

    Processor: Premium chassis - Intel® Core™2 Quad Core Q6600 Proc. (2,40 GHz, 1.066 MHz, 8 MB cache)
    OS: Windows Vista Home Premium
     
  4. pdyckman@comcas

    pdyckman@comcas TS Rookie Posts: 527

    If you go to 'control panel' and select 'system' you will see which version of Vista that you have. Use the 4 Gigs in the 4 slots. There is no substitute for lots of ram. Good Luck.
     
  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

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