Ram upgrade

By jorbo87
Jan 19, 2007
  1. Right now I have 2x512mb 5300 ram. I am wanting to get 2gb, but I don't know if I should get 2 more 512 sticks or get 1 1024 stick. I don't really care for dual channel. I did a Crucial.com computer scan and it said my memory must be in matched pairs. I don't really believe this.

    Anyway, would it make more sense to get 1x1024 stick instead of 2 more 512? I do plan on upgrading my ram later on.

    Sorry if this question has already been asked.
  2. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 930   +31

    Dual channel RAM perform better than single-channel. But if you wish to upgrade to higher memory in a time, single channel will be better.

    But some system does not works stable with single-channel, means let say if you have 4 slots of ram, it's really recommended for you to put 2 pairs of exact 512MB ram instead of a pair of 512 with a 1024 stick.

    however i'm not good at this areas, but i do know that dual-channel is better (price more expensive) in performance but lack in upgrade convenient.
  3. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    If you have the money, buy 2x1GB, then sell your 2x512 on a forum like anandtech.com
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