How much RAM do I need?

March 6, 2009 at 23:48:07
Specs: Windows Vista
I'm running vista enterprise and currently have 1GB of RAM.
Since the computer failed at some tests in the CanYouRunIt website at Memory and Graphics Card, I decided to upgrade my RAM.

I checked how much I should get and saw I need at least 1.5GB to run my vista real smooth.

So I checked what sticks I can get and found a real good deal:
Mushkin DDR2 (2x2048MB) 1066Mhz CL 5-5-5-15 XP
For about $69.5

The problem is, I don't know anything about Mushkin and I've been told to stay away from DDR2 memories.

So I have no idea if that's really a good deal.
What I do know is that I'm not going to spend anymore than $70 on RAM.

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March 7, 2009 at 06:40:04
Do you need DDR2-1066? The only systems that actually "need" it are those running an AMD Phenom or one of it's derivatives. No Intel system "needs" DDR2-1066.

You can get 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2-800 for about $25, sometimes even less. Watch the RAM voltage ratings though & make sure your motherboard can support the voltage requirements. Voltage can vary between 1.8v - 2.2v....*some* boards don't support higher than 2.0v.

But to answer your question, Mushkin is a reputable brand. Of course, no amount of RAM can make up for weak graphics.

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March 7, 2009 at 07:34:54
Thank you for the reply.

So you're saying I don't need something with over 1000Mhz?
To be honest, I don't know that much about RAM, so I really don't know how much Mhz is too slow. And I don't want something too cheap, it sounds like it's not good enough.

I got an Albatron Intel mars 915 board, and my graphics card is geforce 6600 (blah?)

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March 7, 2009 at 08:33:58
I'm not gonna get into a whole discussion about the FSB / RAM relationship, "double-pumping", "quad-pumping", etc...those topics have been beaten to death in these forums. If you wanna overpay for RAM you don't need, knock yourself out.

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