RAM upgrade

  EJ1947 10:00 01 Jun 07
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Can anyone advise me which of the following would give me the best results.

1 x 1 GB of DDR PC4000 - DDR500
or
2 x 1 GB of DDR PC3200 - DDR400

Presently I have 512mb ram and Win XP home.
Reason for upgrade is mainly photo, CAD and DVD work.
Thanks

  Technotiger 10:10 01 Jun 07

Hi, I would go for the 2Gb.

  skidzy 10:12 01 Jun 07

That depends on your motherboard ?

Though ram normaly runs backward compatible,there are known issues with some brands.

for example,if your manual states pc2100 266,the pc 4000 and pc 3200 would run at the lower speed of 2100.

Try crucial's online scanner for best results click here

  EJ1947 10:12 01 Jun 07

Any technical reasons or a hunch. I am not conversant with the figures.

  EJ1947 10:14 01 Jun 07

Skidsy,
I ran the scanner and it gave me the above options but didn't say which would be best performing.

  skidzy 10:20 01 Jun 07

Just a small word of caution:

Though crucial are very good,there scanner has provided some erratic results recently.

Do consult your motherboard manual.

Like Techno has pointed out,the 2GB would definately be the best bet if the mobo handles this and can take this.

Some motherboards,especially outdated ones will need read the 2GB that is installed.

The good thing with Crucial is they guarantee there ram and money back if not compatible.

  skidzy 10:21 01 Jun 07

Should read: will not read the 2GB that is installed.

  EJ1947 10:37 01 Jun 07

Thanks skidsy, Just trying to find my motherboard spec on the web - no manual.
As far as I know it is -MSI (Micro Star) MS-6380E V1.0 (K7T266 Pro2-A).

At least the 2GB seems most recommended.

  wee eddie 10:45 01 Jun 07

Marginal differences in the speed of RAM are all but undetectable by the human mind unless you are doing work on Video manipulation.

More important is the amount of RAM.

Why not add 1GB and accept 1536MB at the, ever so slightly, lower speed of your current RAM

  skidzy 10:46 01 Jun 07

I believe your mobo supports upto pc 2700 333,so therefore your scan results provided by Crucial,the 4000 and 3200 would be running backward compatible.

  EJ1947 10:50 01 Jun 07

Just found the same info. So crucial scan is not that accurate. I will go for the cheaper PC2700. Thanks for all your help.

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