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    RAM help needed!

    Hi,

    I have a question about ram, it is kind of in two parts:

    1) Which is better: A) to fill your 4 ram slots with 4* 512 chips or B) to fill them with with 2* 1GB chips?

    2) To use "5-5-5-12" or "4-4-4-12" timings?

    These are the the most likely I am going to choose from to upgrade my 1GB of 667mhz:

    4*512mb DDR2 ram 800mhz
    CAS 5-5-5-12 Timings

    2*1GB DDR2 ram 800mhz
    CAS 4-4-4-12 Timings

    Please advise me!

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    Re: RAM help needed!

    1) If the machine has dual channel support, then use two sticks.

    3) 4-4-4-12 is faster, thus better. However your ram might not like running at this speed. Plus it's arguable if it'd make a noticeable difference

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    Re: RAM help needed!

    Thanks for your help, this might help you to work out more about my pc (full spec which dell sent to me (September 05):

    Dell Precision 380 - Intel Pentium 4 Processor 670 (3.8GHz,2MB Cache,800MHz FSB)
    Vertical Chassis Orientation (Minitower, W: 170,2 x H: 447.3 x D: 468.4 mm) with IEEE1394 Front Connector
    1GB DDR2 667 ECC Dual Channel Memory (2x512 2-R)
    Internal Media Card Reader
    160GB (7,200rpm) SATA Hard Drive with Native Command Queueing
    20/48X IDE CD ROM Internal
    C1 - All SATA drives, Non-RAID, 1 drive total configuration
    FP/MG - UK/Irish - 19in (E193FP TCO99) Value Midnight Grey Flat Panel
    128MB PCIe x16 (DVI/VGA) ATI FireGL V3100, Dual Monitor VGA or DVI/VGA Graphics Card
    Sound BlasterĀ® Audigy 2 Soundcard with onboard 1394
    UK/Ireland - Dell A425 Speakers Mid Night Grey
    English - Microsoft Windows XP Pro SP2

    (removed most of the junk from the above), it looks like I need to upgrade:

    Sound card
    Speakers
    RAM

    And the PC is going great for it's age (does prove you need to get a decent PC which will last)!

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    Re: RAM help needed!

    I believe I can only take up to 800mhz ram successfully? Am I correct?

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    Re: RAM help needed!

    hi all
    My suggestion is kingston.com they have a nice little program for telling you what you can upgrade a machine too, you just run it on your machine and it comes up with the results.

    baz

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    Re: RAM help needed!

    677Mhz is the maximum the chipset will run the ram at.

    I would just get another 2x 512MB 677Mhz ECC to take you upto 2GB. You will not really see any speed increase with the lower timings.

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