What RAM to buy?

  myphrill 14:50 21 Dec 04
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I own a Packard Bell iMEDIA 5061 that came with 256MB-DDR PC2100 RAM. The motherboard maxes out at 768MB.

I want to transfer 512 of it into a new pc and buy another 512 so i have a gig in a new pc but would PC2100 be good enough for todays top games? or should i go out and find PC3200 512MB chips?

  Gongoozler 15:22 21 Dec 04

PC 3200 RAM won't make the computer run any faster, the speed is determined by the prosessor FSB speed. For advice on memory, as well as excellent quality and good prices go to Crucial click here or their very helpful support at click here

  myphrill 15:23 21 Dec 04

i dont need to know about prices or quality. i need to know what difference there is between 512MB of PC2100 RAM and 512MB of PC3200 RAM...

  CurlyWhirly 15:34 21 Dec 04

I need to know what difference there is between 512MB of PC2100 RAM and 512MB of PC3200 RAM...


The difference between them is that PC2100 runs at 266mhz (2x133mhz) and PC3200 runs at 400mhz (2x200mhz) as in *both* cases there are *double* the FSB as there are DDR (Double Data Rate) memory.

  myphrill 15:35 21 Dec 04

well yes i know that difference but i mean...playing a brand new game, will PC2100 make it visibly worse as opposed to using PC3200s?

  CurlyWhirly 15:37 21 Dec 04

Nearly forgot. Gongoozler said "PC 3200 RAM won't make the computer run any faster, the speed is determined by the prosessor FSB speed."


This is true *unless* your motherboard *supports* the faster FSB speed.
If not even if you bought the PC3200 RAM it would *only* run at PC2100 RAM speed.
The good news is that DDR is backwards compatible.

  myphrill 15:39 21 Dec 04

lol you dont understand....i know they are backwards compatible...listen carefully! ^_^

2x 512MB PC2100

2x 512MB PC3200

Would there be a visible performance difference between using a pair of PC2100s as opposed to a pair of PC3200s, especially when playing new games (2002 onwards)

  CurlyWhirly 15:41 21 Dec 04

well yes i know that difference but i mean...playing a brand new game, will PC2100 make it visibly worse as opposed to using PC3200s?


It depends on your graphics card and processor speed!
I would say that it *wouldn't* make that much difference in games as *most* of the display work is done by the graphics card.
You need a fast processor (3Ghz+) and good graphics card to run the *latest* games with a fast frame rate.

  myphrill 15:43 21 Dec 04

hmm...

2GHz Pentium 4
XFX Nvidia GeForce FX5600XT-256MB graphics card
768MB-DDR-RAM at PC2100.

So a game like Halo would run just aswell on two [email protected] as opposed to two [email protected]?

  Gongoozler 15:51 21 Dec 04

myphrill, you are accusing us of not reading the question properly. I don't think you're reading the answers properly. If your processor FSB is 266MHz which is probably the case as the memory is PC2100, then PC3200 won't go any faster. If, however you are putting PC2100 memory with a processor that has a 400MHz FSB then you will significantly slow the computer down compared with using PC3200.

  myphrill 15:54 21 Dec 04

your not listening even...you keep talking about putting a PC2100 in with a PC3200 and i havent even mentioned that. i dont know why you think i am asking about that. i'll wait until someone who reads my posts properly to help me thanks.

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