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Cruz
12-01-02, 11:16 PM
I'm just looking for other's opinions.
I'm building a system for my sister in Canada. (Her's is something like a Pentium Pro). Here are the specs that I will be using:

Antex SLK2600 mid-tower case w/ 300W PSU
Athlon XP 1600+
- Zalman Flower Silent Heatsink (Quiet Mode)
MSI K7N420 Pro nForce Motherboard
Samsung 256MB DDR PC2100 (heard MSI was picky with mem)
Western Digital 40GB 7200RPM (WD400BB)
Samsung CDRW/DVD Combo (SM-332)
MS Interllimouse Optical
Windows XP

The only thing I really have to buy is the case and the extra ram. Everything else I already have. Do you think I should bother getting two sticks of 128MB to use the Dual DDR or just stick with one 256MB stick? I don't want to overclock it, or anything, but I want it quiet for them. Just something that is pretty up to date (at least for regular use). They can use their existing monitor and keyboard. I don't know how the nForce board is because I bought it but never used it myself. Any comments or advisories on certain items that I'm using? Thanks.

thcdru2k
12-01-02, 11:28 PM
if there not real big performance buffs are into games and stuff, that system should be more than enough. the dual ddr or not shouldn't make a difference to them at all. its still a great system.

The Baron
12-01-02, 11:35 PM
Maybe you should get 2 256 sticks?

Cruz
12-02-02, 03:56 AM
No, I use to have 256MB on XP. I went up to 512 on my system because of the amount of audio and video editing I did at once. Aside from that (and gaming), I really would not recommend someone to go out and buy an extra 256MB (for 512 total) if they didn't play games or do any intensive programming/editing. I'm sure the 256 will be fine. I just didn't know if I should bother with that Dual DDR or not. But you're right, she probably won't know the difference. Thanks.

SavagePaladin
12-02-02, 08:45 AM
Originally posted by thcdru2k
if there not real big performance buffs are into games and stuff, that system should be more than enough. the dual ddr or not shouldn't make a difference to them at all. its still a great system.
Twinbank (and DualDDR later) is supposed to reduce latency, so its entirely possible they would notice.

-=DVS=-
12-02-02, 12:09 PM
If you or your friend don't play games so it dosn't matter , but
I have Nforce to and i loose 30% performance if i put only 1 bank of memory :( so offcourse its better to use 2 sticks of 128 or 2 of 256 :D

EDIT: you can combain memory not necessary of same amount 2x128 or 2x256 can be 1x128 1x256 or in my case 1x512 1x256 :rolleyes:

styles-T
12-02-02, 06:07 PM
Originally posted by -=DVS=-

EDIT: you can combain memory not necessary of same amount 2x128 or 2x256 can be 1x128 1x256 or in my case 1x512 1x256 :rolleyes:

Wait...

So your saying If I want to use the Twinbank feature I can do it with a 256 stick and a 512 stick and that the memory doesnt have to be the same (2 256 sticks or 2 128 sticks of DDR)??

thcdru2k
12-02-02, 09:27 PM
your talking about a pentium pro upgrade to an 1.4 ghz athlon xp. dual ddr won't mean crap to them at all :)

Cruz
12-02-02, 11:52 PM
You're right. I guess they aren't going to really know the difference since they are jumping from Pentium Pro to Athlon XP. And what I was trying to find out if there is a big difference between TwinBank and just one stick. Well, I'll just go with one stick. Thanks a lot to everyone for the help.