considering upgrading ram, what should i get?

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  1. 01000101

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    my system cant handle recent games very well, and ive had it with this box and its bitching. i want to throw more ram in it.

    AMD Athlon XP 3200 (1.9Ghz)
    Radeon 9600 Pro
    512 Mb RAM, but i dont remember the stats
    Soyo KT400 mobo

    what speed/brand/etc should i look into, assuming ram will help me out.

    was thinking Ultra Dual Channel 1024MB PC4000 DDR 500MHz Memory off tigerdirect for $230.

    should i go with something else? im not certain my mobo can handle that. can i get the best ram for my system somewhere cheaper? go with someone other than ultra maybe?


    thanks for your help, once again!
     
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    Are you leaving the existing memory in, or getting rid of it?

    The KT400 chipset was pretty lame, imo, and it lacks Dual Channel support... So that's hurting your performance right there.

    If you're keeping that mobo, get the 1GB Corsair ValueSelect PC-3200 kit here:

    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=20-145-440&depa=1

    it's $140.23. Anything more is overkill on your computer, because it will be unable to utilize it.
     
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    im not certain if ill keep the existing sticks in there or not, ive got two 256 in there at the moment, i suppose ill leave one of them in, 3 slots. are you certain that the kt400 lacks support for dual channel? my friend has the same board (we both used the same deal from tigerdirect) and hes got dual channel. tho i think id trust your knowledge over his. does it not use the "dual capabilities?"

    would i be better off doing a whole system upgrade? proc/mobo/ram? i dont want to upgrade the ram to need to replace everything again in 6 months. its been two years since i bought the video card and 18 months since i got the mobo/proc combo, so theyre about due anyway.

    but this also means that i cant upgrade at the moment, dont have that kinda cash laying around for things as vital to living as gaming is :p

    *edit*
    the mobo is the dragon ultra, if it matters

    also, i have the sticks in 1 and 2, should i move them to 1 and 3? i seem to recall having a problem with 3 and thats why its in 2, but im not certain
     
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    If you want, get the Corsair 1GB kit that I recommended, then save up some money for an Athlon 64 system... you can use the RAM you buy now in the new system.

    I would not mix the memory you have now with new memory. Mixed RAM tends to not like the other sticks. I am 100% positive that the KT400 is not dual channel. You can put "dual channel" memory in it, but if the memory controller (part of the KT400) doesn't support DC, then it will only operate in single channel mode.
     
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    in your opinion, is it worth it to get the corsair at this point? or should i just make due and buy better ram with the athlon 64 system, whatever the new mobo supports?

    spend $150 now, have better ram

    then have poor ram after i upgrade?


    i appoligize, i know very little about ram, thank you for all your help
     
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    the ram I recommended will still be GREAT ram on a new athlon 64 939 system...
     
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    awesome, thanks!
     

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