RAM for new build ?

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I'm giving my P-4 2.4 gig machine to my wife. She doesn't do anything other
than surf, e-mail and an occasional Word doc. Now I get to buy myself a new
toy. I'm thinking about an Intel E6400 or E6600. I'm not too hip on how the
ram speed works and or is needed. I guess the FSB is 1066 on those and use
pc2 type ram. I might want to OC a little but don't have my heart set on it.
Is there a certain speed that is better than another for a given MOBO or do
ya just buy the fastest quality stuff for the buck? I'm looking at some
Patriot ram ... two, 1 gig sticks for $140 after rebate, at Fry's.com.
PDC22G6400ELK. Patriot Extreme Performance PC2-6400. Should I grab this
stuff while it's still on sale or wait till I choose the chip and board?
    What would be a good PCI express video card for this setup? I know that
depends on if I game or not etc. My son is a gamer and I want to do some
video editing stuff. Let's just say that I would like the card to match the
rest of the setup .... not the hottest in town but not a slacker. While
we're at it, board suggestions would be nice. I want to have two IDE cables
and also have a PCI  TV card that I want to keep using.  Thanks

Re: RAM for new build ?

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AFAIK, DDR2 prices have been dropping recently (the "after-Christmas" effect
perhaps). There might not be that much reason to be rushing to purchase.

For any RAM, try to find some reviews. For example, Newegg has reviews and
those can give some idea how many received DOA units, or how close the
stuff is speed binned. In this case, there are only 10 reviews, which
really isn't enough for a good sampling.


For video cards, you can look at the charts here. This chart mixes
SLI/Crossfire configurations, with those using single cards, so is a
bit deceptive at first appearances. Something like a 7600GT would be
a middle of the road card, while something like 8800GTX would be what
your son would want :-)


Note that, for any charts, they can be missing video card model numbers.
New numbers and model naming schemes are introduced all the time, to
try to deceive consumers. And most of the web sites lack the energy and
interest to keep their charts up to date, in response.

Also, you may notice a spread on prices, from the various manufacturers
of video cards. Some boxes will contain the necessary DVI-I to VGA
dongle, if the video card has a DVI-I connector and you have a VGA
monitor. So sometimes there may be a nice accessory in the box that
makes a difference to you. (The card probably has at least one VGA
connector, but the higher end cards can have DVI-I only on the faceplate.)
Also, the manufacturer may play games with the width of the graphics
memory (128 bit versus 256 bit interface), the amount of memory
(256MB versus 512MB, at least 128MB would be good enough in a pinch),
the GPU core clock and memory clocks (adverts may show the actual clock or
the "DDR' clock for the memory, depending on how deceptive they want
to be). So there are some other little factors that are part of the
art of deception. Obviously products that don't list their clock
rates, aren't the fastest ones.

If you were buying a high end card, one of the ones with elevated
operating temperatures, you'd want to make sure the manufacturer has
a good warranty, and actually responds to consumer queries. Some of the
higher end stuff has a 10% failure rate, which is why the warranty
on those is their best feature. With a cheaper card, a failure may
be easier to swallow.


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