Which RAM? 6400 v 8500? Version 32 v 64?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by JSoul Rules, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. JSoul Rules

    JSoul Rules Guest

    I've done a great deal of searching but still haven't found a
    completely satisfactory answer. I'm running a Core 2 Duo (6600) and
    have 4 sticks of RAM for a total of 3GB. I'm upgrading to Vista and
    wasn't sure of the following:

    1) Should I go with Vista Ultimate 64? Other than a HDTV card I've got
    stuck in there, I don't think I have anything else that may or may not
    be 64 compatible. From what I'm told, even 32 bit emulation is very
    good. I'm also told I'm probably better going this route for the long
    run since it's fast.

    However, I'm also told it can be an incredible PITA. Half my drivers,
    e.g. my Okidata 5500N color laser printer, HP scanner, etc. seem to
    have that "unsigned" thing for installation and I'm told that you
    can't choose "continue anyways" or whatever it is that ignores the
    requirement. I can't imagine if that is going to be a huge headache
    and was hoping someone with experience could speak on this.

    2) I figured I'd get some new RAM as well, perhaps 2 sticks of 2GB RAM
    but I wasn't sure which. Some Mushkin 6400 with a low latency 4 (12)
    or perhaps an 8500 which has a latency of 5. It's all a whole lot of
    confusion since I'm told that the 6400 can still be used if you move
    the board up to 1066 eventually, etc. When it comes right down to it,
    which is the better investment? For $10-15, it's not worth going with
    the one slightly less. I'm told that the 6400 800DDR2 with the low
    latency is superb (the Mushking) but maybe someone with knowledge can
    speak more on this subject.

    Thank you!!!!
     
    JSoul Rules, Sep 7, 2008
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  2. JSoul Rules

    Ringmaster Guest

    Generally go with the fastest memory your mother board and BIOS
    supports. That said, the faster the memory rating the more finicky it
    can be at faster FSB (front side buss) speeds especially if you plan
    on overclocking the system. If not, a minor consideration. Mushking is
    a premium brand. Get matched pairs if possible.

    In spite of all the hype there is little hardware that takes advantage
    of 64 bit, even less software. For most, a waste of money. Also driver
    support for 64 bit devices remains weaker than for 32 bit. It will
    happen some day, not yet.
     
    Ringmaster, Sep 7, 2008
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  3. JSoul Rules

    JSoul Rules Guest

    Thank you for your response. Apparently all my hardware is Vista 64
    compatible so I'm happy about this. I'm not sure what "faster" means
    regarding RAM. The choices are:

    Mushkin:
    Capacity 4GB (2 x 2GB)
    Speed DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
    Cas Latency 4
    Timing 4-4-4-12

    OCZ Platinum
    Capacity 4GB (2 x 2GB)
    Speed DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
    Cas Latency 5
    Timing 5-5-5-18

    G.Skill
    Capacity 4GB (2 x 2GB)
    Speed DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
    Cas Latency 5
    Timing 5-5-5-15
     
    JSoul Rules, Sep 8, 2008
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