reviving an old (but still alive) PC...
Posted on 2009-05-12
I have a quite old PC, that I like to maintain alive upgrading it when a bargain on used hardware become affordable (it's primary for the hobby of doin' it), and it's only used for Internet browsing and multimedia playing.
A friend of mine is offering me for a very low price an ATI HD3650 card (512 DDR2 - AGP) that doesn't fit his PCI-Ex slot (he didn't read the fine prints).
Being tempted at reaching a full-HD capable hardware I'm thinking of adding 1 more Gb of RAM to my actual system (more is not needed 'cause the 3Gb of XP32 that I'm actually using).
Here's my actual configuration.
Processor: AMD Opteron 180
Motherboard: MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (Nforce 3 Ultra Chipset)
RAM: OCZ Platinum EL - 2X1Gb Dual Channel
a couple of SATA 150 hard drives...
so, the question is, I can easily find the same RAM model, in 2x512, which configuation is better?
1.5 Gb per channel?
a 2x 1Gb channel and a 2x512 Gb channel?
a 2x1Gb Dual Channel and a Single 1 GB Channel B?
keep the money, filling 4 slots will add too much load, and you will need them for a bigger monitor or a newer PC?
Thanks for your time