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A Little Help In Choosing Some Memory?

Discussion in 'Memory' started by NeoDragoN, 3 Feb 2006.

  1. NeoDragoN

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    Joined: 27 Dec 2005

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    Hey there

    So i decided to do the jump and go to 2gig of Ram, but i have to say i am pretty lost....

    ATM i am running a P4 3-Gig, Radeon X850XT and 512Meg (2x256) of Samsung DDR400 ( Dual Channel )

    I have been looking at OCZ Value Ram, because tbh i don't want to spend more than around £170 but i got reading about CAS? and Latency? and timings? and i must say it blew my mind.

    I'm not interested in overclocking i just wanna stick the ram in and get a smoother performance particuarly in games :)

    So if anyone could give me a bit of an overview on CAS & Timings etc and reccomend some ram for me i would very much appreciate it.

    Thanks

    Alex
     
  2. Broon

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    Joined: 16 Oct 2005

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    You have a pentium 4 so you should be able to run DDR-2 memory. This runs at a higher clock speed.
    The numbers, 2-2-3 are to do with access times.. Yopu want the first three to be low. Read the memory FAQ if you feel up to it.

    What core is your CPU?
     
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  3. ajgoodfellow

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    Location: Shirley, Solihull, UK

    Hi

    Welcome to the forums :)

    As he's only running DDR1 at the moment it's unlikely he'll be able to run DDR2 memory unless he has an unusual motherboard :)

    As Broon as metioned, CAS, Latency and timings all refer to the access times for your memory. You basically want these to be as low as possible

    Your £170 is plenty for some good DDR400 (PC3200) memory with tight timings (2-3-2-5).

    I'd go for the G.Skill 2GB DDR ZX PC3200 (2x1GB) CAS2 Dual Channel Kit (F1-3200PHU2-2GBZX) (MY-007-GS) for £152.69 inc VAT (currently on offer). See here
     
  4. Broon

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    Thank you for the correction goodfellow. :)

    Also welocme NeoDragoN, forgot that the first time :D

    Edit: You could always try shove some DDR 2 in there but it's probably not the best idea unless you have one of these
     
    Last edited: 3 Feb 2006
  5. NeoDragoN

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    Joined: 27 Dec 2005

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    Thanks for that guys, my motherboard is a couple of years old, my system was the medion system from Aldi when it had the 9800 XXL in it ( cracking system at the time at a great price ).

    CPU-Z picks up the mobo as a MSI MS-7048, and theres not much info about on it on the net, so i am not even gonna try DDR2 with it :) The P4 is a northwood, real old now but still got the grunt :)

    I think i am gonna go with what ajgoodfellow has suggested, good price for good ram it seems, i have also seen its praises in other posts on the forum.

    Btw thanks for the little explanation :)

    Alex
     
  6. caff

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    Location: London