1 gig,as it's a dual cxhannel mobo i want to use 2 sticks and have been told that PC3200 ram will work fine as a friend of mine runs an internet cafe and he does exactly that himself and has had no problems.
However i have been told that instead of using 2x512mb sticks of ram.I would be better off using 2x2x256 with 256mb on each side of the ram modules adding up to 512 as opposed to using 512mb on only 1 side of both sticks.
Is this true ? Would i get any performance benefits or indeed any other benefits to using ram in this configuration ?The reason i need 1 gig is i use this PC as a
Digital Audio Workstation and these applications benefit from using more ram,so it is necessary.I also use it for simple internet stuff too.
I can get 1 gig of PC3200 ram as 2 sticks of 512 for the same price as 2700 and as it's backwards compatible will run fine at 166.I intend to upgrade in the future and want to use 1 gig 3200 in a faster mobo[200 or above] and either use my
XP 2500 slightly OC'd or get a 3200 CPU and use that set-up solely as a DAW and never to connect it to the internet.
I can then use my K7 board with it's 512mb stick it has, as an internet PC as it's well up to the job and i don't use many of the bells and whistles or multimedia apps and will be fine for me as i'm a single user on dial-up.
I am looking at Geil or crucial ram at www.overclockers.co.uk as it's only a few miles away from me and i can't buy anything over the net as i don't have any debit or credit cards.So i purchase locally instead.
So is the 2x2x256 configuration worth the trouble of trying to find ? As i can't find any ram like that,just 2x512 instead.
I also need an AGP card as i'm running off board graphics which i thought was fine as i don't play games but have since found that it not only "steals" 32mb from my ram but causes a bottleneck and effectively slows things down.
Could someone reccomend a reasonable AGP card in the £40 price range [approx]
for me or a reasonable secondhand AGP card,nothing fancy just 128mb if poss but 64 if it's expensive.Thanks to anyone who can help.