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  1. #1 I am in need of some help regarding my memory 
    Forum Freshman Sujoe05's Avatar
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    Recently I updated my computer's ram with 2 gigs of kingston DDR400. I recieved 2 sticks 1 gig each(brand new). Prior to this I was using ddr400 512 with ddr333 256. First I took out all old ram and put in both kingstons. Now I am running a little under 2.5 gig because of my onboard video. I am using three sticks of ddr 400. What I am interested in is finding out if the 2 sticks of kingston will be better than the 3. The third is not kingston brand.


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    Which operating system are you running? If Windows XP, then 2 Gb should be enough and you'll have the benefit of dual channel, which you won't have with three sticks of RAM. If you are running Vista, then the extra RAM would come in handy, though I'd run a few benchmarks if I were you just to make sure.


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    I am using windows XP. Anyone else?
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    That's great advice from KALSTER. To expand...

    XP won't give applications more than 2Gb without some kludgy command line switch by user.

    The motherboard can't operate dual channel with three sticks mounted. Dual channel is where each stick has its own pipe, so data rate "down the pipe" is effectively doubled. I guess you'd like double speed better than an extra gig. The motherboard will likely require the two identical sticks placed in certain slots, e.g. slot #2 and #4, and, to repeat: adding an additional stick e.g. to slot #1 will cripple dual channeling.
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