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#1 11 years ago

Hi Does anyone know alot about PC memory? Specifically I'm building an Intel Dual Core system, but there's so many different types of memory out there, it's all a bit mind-boggling. I'm pretty much set on: Intel Core 2 Duo 6600E processor Asus P5B Deluxe m'board I don't know which memory to go for though. Does anyone have any thoughts/experiences?


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#2 11 years ago

PC3200 [DDR400] is a good all around memory, for gaming also. I would reccommend having 2 gigs of it, esp for gaming and modeling.

You can get some really low prices on quality memory over on NewEgg.com


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#3 11 years ago

Jupp get 2 gig of a quality brand like corsair and OCZ. Ps. you are going to love that cpu:p


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#4 11 years ago

With that processor you'll want the DDR2 standard, not DDR400 PC3200.

Most of the systems we build where I work use the E6600 processor and we ship them with DDR2 533MHz.


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#5 11 years ago
Captain Amerika;3432066PC3200 [DDR400] is a good all around memory, for gaming also. I would reccommend having 2 gigs of it, esp for gaming and modeling.

Yes and it's also too slow for the 1066MHz FSB used by Core 2 Duo. DDR400 is good for anything up to a Pentium D (excluding the 3.73GHz Extreme Edition). Using it with a Core 2 Duo is not only impossible (because all Core 2 Duo boards have DDR2 slots, not DDR) but if it were possible it would be a good way of making the system crash. Before it's even started Windows.

Adam, some suggestions for you,

$106 - 1gb Value Memory - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145526 $208 - 2gb Value Memory - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145098 $239 - 2gb XMS - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145015

To explain that, you want the first one if you're just using it as a general machine (ie internet, word processing, DVD/music etc). If you're gaming or doing anything that munches power (video editing, Photoshop etc) then you want either the second or third option. I'd go for the third because it is faster memory and with the rebate actually costs the same as the Value memory. And even if they don't give you the rebate, $30 on top of $200 isn't all that much to get better hardware IMO.

If you can't afford the 2gb ones then 1gb would do you for gaming etc, but you'll be far better off with 2gb.