Here are my computer specs:
Dell Dimension 9200
OS: Windows Vists 64-bit
My question has three parts.
First I had 4GB of PC5300 memory 4 sticks of 1GB RAM. One pair had timings of 4-4-4-12 and the other pair had timings of 5-5-5-12. I bought 4 new sticks of 1GB RAM each of Crucial Ballistix PC6400 Ram with memory timings of 4-4-4-12. My first question is will I get much of a performance gain from going from PC5300 to PC6400? Let's say I spent $90 on this upgrade is it worth it? I do mostly gaming and surfing on the Internet and running applications such as office. Also I notiched that when I upgraded to these Ballistix memory sticks my game started crashing.
Second question is what is the best RAM that I can get for my Dimension 9200? I know it supports maximum of PC6400 RAM but it still backward compatible with PC5300. I basically have 5.9's for Windows Experience index in Windows Vists on everything except my memory. When I had the PC5300 RAM I had 5.6 for memory when I upgraded to PC6400 it only went up to 5.7. I went memory that is going to take me up to the 5.9 mark and the Ballixtix stics I got didn't cut it. Please let me know which ones are the best memory I can get to achieve this considering cost as well.
Third can someone explain what these memory timings mean? 4-4-4-12 and so on is lower better still? What do each of those numbers mean?