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    Thinking of adding some memory to my system.

    Any recommendations in brand? 4 Gig is max but will it ever use that much. How much is the right amount? Does CS2 really provide any noticable "real" world differences over CS3? I'm not interested in bragging about a benchmark score.

    I'm running an Asus P4P800E-Deluxe.

    Thanks

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    Re: System Memory

    I've had good luck with Corsair XMS. Generally I buy the fastest memory I can as it usually keeps me from needing to upgrade for a while should I get a faster CPU/motherboard/whatever.
    Diplomacy is the art of saying "good doggie" while looking for a bigger stick.

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    • #3
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      Do you know if I pair a couple of 1gig chips with a couple 256's and if the timings on the 256's are slower will it slow down the newer faster chips...."if that made any sense...it did in my head" :row__523:

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      • #4
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        I believe you can only operate your memory at the speed of the slowest chips. If you've got 2GB you can put in there, I'd not even worry about the 256's and just leave them out of the machine entirely.
        Diplomacy is the art of saying "good doggie" while looking for a bigger stick.

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        • #5
          Re: System Memory

          Your system will only operate at the slowest speed of the RAM in your system. If I remember correctly the timings for the RAM are close enough to the new RAM you put in you can manually set the timings in the BIOS to the faster settings and you may do fine if the RAM can handle it stably(sp?).
          -BB|KillerTarget

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          • #6
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            If you are thinking of upgrading to Vista when it comes out you will need at least 2 gig according to CNET.
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            • #7
              Re: System Memory

              Originally posted by Apophis
              I believe you can only operate your memory at the speed of the slowest chips. If you've got 2GB you can put in there, I'd not even worry about the 256's and just leave them out of the machine entirely.
              I Agree with Apophis. From what I know about Intel systems is that there not affected my memory latency as much as an AMD. AMD has the memory controller built into the cpu while Intel uses the northbridge.

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              • #8
                Re: System Memory

                i have 3 gig and i havent had a prob yet
                powered by Windows 7

                . . . .

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                • #9
                  Re: System Memory

                  Fathers day present to maself...went ahead and bought 4 sticks instead of 2 :row__523: :icon_cool

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                  • #10
                    Re: System Memory

                    Hmmm...anyone know the memory capacity of Windows XP Home?

                    I'm getting a strange number, like 3327 instead of 4 gig. Says dual channel linear mode in bios boot up screens.

                    using 2 matched pairs of 2 gig corsair xms. so in other words 4 1gig sticks.

                    Thanks

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                    • #11
                      Re: System Memory

                      http://bink.nu/forums/8805/ShowPost.aspx

                      You may want to check that out for a solution. Work gave me a system with 4GB of RAM but WinXP Pro only shows 3.5GB. Although, I don't really know how much of an advantage you'll get in gaming from 4GB. I believe 2GB is enough at the moment.

                      - It's who you game with.

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                      • #12
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                        Very interesting read. thanks Sarc. At least now I know I didn't waste my money. Vista will obviously resolve this.

                        thanks again.

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                        • #13
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                          You may find yourself upgrading for Vista. Even so, you'll be upgrading at some point to use PCI-e. All the new platforms have switched to DDR2 RAM.

                          - It's who you game with.

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