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RAM Questions

I am currently upgrading my computer to:
Intel 975x 775 lga Mobo
Intel E6600/Zalman 9700
8800 GTS Overclocked
WD Raptor 150gb
Win Xp Pro (Vista in the Future)

My questions is when I upgrade I like to just max out the board the best i can so i do not have to do it again for a couple years. I planned on buying just 4x1gb Kingston DDR2 800 RAM then overclock the proc.

When reading on other places about other people setups everyone has the 2x1gb Dual channel RAM. What is it exactly that makes it Dual Channel and what does that help with?

Also can you buy say 2 sets of the kits(4gb total) and have it run properly together? Or would it be best to just stick with 4x1gb of the Kingston.

Thanks for the help.

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There are too many complaints about 4GB RAM when you use Windows 32-bit versions (you don't get all 4GB!) and even more complaints about the 64-bit versions.

Lesson? Don't do that.


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when running ram in dual channel, it allows the two sticks to intercommunicate with each other to be more efficient and effective. I highly recomend dual channel. When running your system in 32-bit, you will not get the full effects of four gigs of ram. Some say that that much ram can even start to slow the system. The other two sticks wouldn't be used(maximum pc magazine). If you ran a 64-bix system, the cpu doubles its proccesing bitrate and will require more ram. In that case, go with two sets of dual channel 2x 1gb. Really depends on how much money you have to throw at it. Sounds like a hell of a computer tho.

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