I currently have 2 sticks of 256MB PC3200 RAm running in dual channel, but I'm finding it being eaten away with background programs and multitasking etc. I'm also seeing a lot of hard disk access when I'm playing newer games like HL2.
I think more RAM would help this, but I can only afford to buy 1 stcik of 512MB - this means I wouldn't be running in dual channel anymore (256 + 256 + 512).
So my question is how much performance would I lose going to single channel, and would this "upgrade" actually make my system slower?
MSI Delta L mobo
Barton 2500+ oced to 3000+
2 x 256 PC3200
I didn't even pay for my PC - it came from student loan. The amount I've paid since then probably just about covers the round IDE cables.
It's a good little machine though, and dead cheap at the time. It's only begun to struggle since Far Cry came along.
As an aside, I decided to go with a 17" LCD instead and get the RAM and a new keyboard while I'm there, so we'll see if it works in dual channel soon.
> I could post a smart remark about how I don't even stack shelves...
> But I won't.
Heh. Enjoy your youth while you can.
Christ, now I sound old!
> poopots wrote:
> Can I poke a bit of fun?
> A 15 year old shelf stacker has a better PC then yours, and I paid
> for all of it myself.
> I'm assuming you live with your parents and don't pay gas,
> electricity, telephone, rent, council tax, car insurance, house
> insurance, TV license ...
I could post a smart remark about how I don't even stack shelves...
But I won't.
> Too much. I remember the days when adding RAM used to be a cheap
> upgrade :(
> For anyone who's interested I asked in another forum and after a bit
> of research I found that I can still run dual channel even with three
> RAM sticks, as long as the two sticks on the first memory controller
> have the same combined capacity as the stick on the second
> controller. ie (256 + 256) + 512 is effectively 512 + 512.
> Good news for me.
I run exactly the same set up and still retain dual channel as well. It confused me at first.
> Can I poke a bit of fun?
> A 15 year old shelf stacker has a better PC then yours, and I paid for all of it myself.
I'm assuming you live with your parents and don't pay gas, electricity, telephone, rent, council tax, car insurance, house insurance, TV license ...
> AMIGA 600 ram?? i remember this being pricey when i got it back in
> the day. when 4 mb was too much RAM
It was an Amiga 1200 - 2MB of chip memory, 4MB of fast memory and an 80MB hard drive all for £800.
A 15 year old shelf stacker has a better PC then yours, and I paid for all of it myself.
Oh and by the way, I will give you a word of warning, ram is quite a biatch for compatibility some times.