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4 GB DDR2 800 or 2 GB DDR2 1066?

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4gb would be future proof, but ddr3 is comming, so i would go for the crucial balistix (and pheraps soem cheaper model?)
 

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rucial Ballistix Tracer DDR2 1066
 

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go with the 1066..... I doubt there is any reason why you would need 4 GB anyhow
 

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for 4 gigs I believe you need a 64bit OS (for sure if you use windows you need 64bit OS)..
More memory can very well mean lower overclocks since it puts more strain on your northbridge.. if you have 4 gigs and highly OC than you might want some better cooling on your northbridge and maybe incress the volts a bit.. this is what I read around tpu and have not tried it myself.


I think since your heavy into overclocking go with the tracers.. it all depends on your cpu temps aswell.. higher overclock higher cpu speed and temps... 1066mhz ram 1:1 is 533fsb with the e6300 :O I doubt the ds3 will even reach that high and if it did you would need active cooling on your northbridge. (people told me the highest the ds3's fsb will go is around 480). I had it up to 475.. yours is like 455 now aint it?

humm so yeah I think your better off with just 2 gigs and either ones you pick out of those 2 will treat you very well. get the tracers if you can anyway though :p you know you'll be putting a new cpu in your board sometime :p

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Yeah the 1066 stuff should be good and very worthy. My G.Skill 800 w/D9's will fly past 1066 easily though..so try and read up and make sure you're not just getting the same bin of D9. I forget though, doesn't Micron own Crucial or something like that? If so then definately go w/crucial.
 

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Actually, my specs are outdated. I'm now runnin' a CD2 6420 @3.44 with some mild tweaking. I do think I'll go with the 1066 Ballistix. Anyone else with suggestions for 1066 D9's at a reasonable price?
 

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I think that the 2gb 1066 will do you fine for ~2 years
 
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I was actually having the same problem deciding between the two.
And I also decided to go with the 1066. I gota sweet deal from Mushkin. They have an upgrade program. I'm going to trade in my
xp2-6400 for there xp2-8500 for $70 with shipping. You might want to check out Mushkin also. There 1066 2 gig kit is down to $226. And I think under $200 with rebate at rottenegg. I read alot of reviews and Mushkin always oc's better than crucial, which is strange because crucial owns micron, you'd think they would save the best for themselves. I've seen the Mushkins top out at close 1300mhz orthos stable.
 

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4gbs is fine for a 32 bit os i have vista 32bit and it uses just about all of it but i would just wait for ddr3 if i were you but if you have your mind set on getting ddr2 get the 1066
 

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Yeah, after reading the reviews on the tracers, I think I'm going with them. Especially with the rebate, it was a fairly easy decision. $145 w/ free shipping. I already have a buyer for my OCZ Plat Rev.2 set, which almost covers the cost entirely. Thanks for all the input guys.
 

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Just on the off-chance that you use Linux, you don't need a 64-bit kernel for up to 64GB. Just enable high memory support in your kernel.
 
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First if price is not a concern and that you are using 64-bit OS, I'd pick 4GB over 2GB any day given those G.Skill are not crap ram like ddr2-667. Those are actually quality kit that can surpass 1066 at relaxed timing. The max you can get on those Crucial kit is roughly 1260-1300. Comparing 1260 to 1066, you will not see any differences in real life except benchmarks. Plus at such extreme speed, it will put a lot of strain (heat, high voltage, reduce lifetime, etc.) on your system. 4GB will definitely help load games faster than 2GB. 4GB will also be more versatile in case you need to multi tasks. Take it from someone who has used both 2GB and 4GB of ram from OCZ Gold Gamer 800, Patriot ELK 800, Patriot LLK 800, OCZ SLI 1066, Crucial Ballistix 800, and my latest Crucial Ballistix 1000 (4GB at 1260 5-5-5-15 2.45V).
If price is a factor then of course go with the Crucial kit for half the money. Remember to include the packing slip, not the online invoice for your rebate. Read it carefully. If you are a gamer, you should spend as little as possible for ram (w/o compromising too much performance) and focus your money on video card. Granted that their depreciation is high but they affect your gaming more than anything. Just my 2 cents.
 
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