Memory Questions

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digitalsinne

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I'm searching newegg trying to build on a budget.
I've picked out a processor and have found some motherboards that will depend on what kind of memory I can afford.
I have my heart set on a PCI-E vid card.

I just noticed a few things about memory that, being a recovering computer newb, I never noticed before.

Note: I am trying to put together a budget gaming PC and have no desire (at least right now) to overclock it or push performance beyond the box it came in.

Registered versus Unbuffered - What's the difference? Which is better?
CAS Latency - Should I go for lower CAS or more memory? e.g. 512mb @ 3 or less versus 1gig @ 4+ ?
Timing - 5-5-5-15? what do the numbers mean and do I want higher or lower?
Heat Spreader - Is it Necessary or just recommended?
Voltage - I am pretty sure I understand the basic idea of this, however when I put my PC together, should I buy the biggest power supply I can? or should I attempt to calculate to buy the smallest power supply that will cover everything in my system.

lastly, what brand is recommended? I know branding is a usually not needed, but for PC equipment, I've noticed that going with 3rd party is risky due to customer service and quality/longevity of the item.
 

digitalsinne

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Oh yeah, and can I stack DDR and DDR2 RAM to improve performance or would it actually hinder my system to put both types in?
 

Rukee

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REG ECC memory is for server class socket 940 machines, you can`t mix DDR2 and DDR.
If your not into overclocking, but you are into the newer games, then you`ll want this 2gig kit of memory. Very fast with tight timings. The lower the values, the faster the memory.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820227210
You only want 2 sticks at all costs, 4 sticks will force them all to run at a slower speed and also force the 2T command rate effecting bandwidth performance.
 
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