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Postby Ian on Thu May 06, 2004 3:49 pm

I need memory for an ASUS K8VSE. It will NOT be overclocked so PC3200 is fine. I just want something that works well and is affordable.
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Postby wicked1 on Thu May 06, 2004 10:23 pm

I definately say crucial. Amazing compatability and stability not to mention excellent support.
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Postby pranav81 on Fri May 07, 2004 1:31 am

What about Samsung,Kingston and Hyundai?We have them here abundantly.


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Postby Ian on Fri May 07, 2004 1:06 pm

pranav81 wrote:What about Samsung,Kingston and Hyundai?We have them here abundantly.


I've looked at the Kingston Valueram. Anandtech has a deal right now where you can get 256MB for like $35.

Has anyone bought any Adata memory? I've read good things about it and its fairly cheap.
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Postby pranav81 on Fri May 07, 2004 2:25 pm

Adata?

Sorry.Never heard.


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Postby ClayBuster on Fri May 07, 2004 2:29 pm

Ditto on the Corsair XMS RAM. Junk memory will just end up causing problems in the long run.
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Postby Ian on Fri May 07, 2004 2:41 pm

pranav81 wrote:Adata?

Sorry.Never heard.


They're out of asia I guess. Newegg has started carrying their stuff. I've seen a few reviews at places like Anandtech.
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Postby pranav81 on Fri May 07, 2004 3:04 pm

Thanks for the info Ian.I read a review in a magazine and found that Corsair was the best of the lot in that specific review.The other participants were Transcend PSC,Hynix,Kingston,Samsung and Apacer.
So I guess Corsair is best of the lot.


And I too second ClayBuster,crap memory may mess up in long run.


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Postby TheWizard on Fri May 07, 2004 9:44 pm

I like all of pranav81's suggestions, I would also include sticks of RAM with the following branded chips:

Nanya
Elixir (a subdivision of Nanya)
Micron (doesn't have to be under the Crucial label)
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Postby Ian on Fri May 07, 2004 9:48 pm

Adata uses Samsung and Winbond chips.
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Postby pranav81 on Sat May 08, 2004 1:34 am

I now remember that I had 2 sticks of Samsung RAM in my P3 machine.The RAM was rated at 133 Mhz,but it did run well at 145 Mhz.I guess Samsung was new in India at that time and my machine came installed with it.I now have Samsung 256MB PC800 RDRAM on my machine and I love it.


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Postby dr_st on Sat May 08, 2004 3:41 pm

It doesn't matter.
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Postby TheWizard on Sat May 08, 2004 10:57 pm

Ian wrote:Adata uses Samsung and Winbond chips.


If they're cheap, go for it. The brand doesn't matter as much as the chips on board. Just make sure there is some sort of warranty, either through the vendor or manufacturer.
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Postby pranav81 on Sun May 09, 2004 8:37 am

dr_st wrote:It doesn't matter.


What doesn't matter?The chips onboard the RAM module?If you mean that,it DOES matter.Performance depends on fabrication of chips,and normally reputed companies give out better products,which I know that is not always the case.
So Ian if you are getting warranty and good chips,then go for it!


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Postby dr_st on Sun May 09, 2004 5:41 pm

pranav81 wrote:
dr_st wrote:It doesn't matter.


What doesn't matter?The chips onboard the RAM module?If you mean that,it DOES matter.Performance depends on fabrication of chips,and normally reputed companies give out better products,which I know that is not always the case.
So Ian if you are getting warranty and good chips,then go for it!


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Exactly. Just get a memory which is brand and comes with warranty (many dish out lifetime warranties these days) and you're set.
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Postby Bhairav on Tue May 11, 2004 9:03 am

Wow! Ian, which CPU are you pairing the K8V with? A64 3000+ perhaps?
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Postby Ian on Tue May 11, 2004 10:15 am

It's a 3200. I eventually picked up a matched set of Kingston Valueram (512MB total) for like $102. You know, there aren't a lot of heat sink options for the A64's yet. I got a Thermaltake Silent Boost.
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Postby pranav81 on Tue May 11, 2004 1:59 pm

Thermaltake is pretty good.My friend here has a Volcano heatsink which makes more noise than a table fan! :wink:

BTW,Kingston is also good.


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Postby Ian on Tue May 11, 2004 2:03 pm

Yeah, I have a bunch of Thermaltake heat sinks. It's not bad for the money. A lot of their earlier ones were loud, but with the adjustable RPM, you can quiet them down.
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Postby pranav81 on Tue May 11, 2004 2:12 pm

Yeah Ian.Thermaltake does offer good value for money.About RPM management,the integrated chipset controls the fan speed dynamically as the CPU temperature changes.


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Postby LoneWolf on Wed May 12, 2004 7:49 pm

For value systems I'm building for others, I use Kingston ValueRAM usually, combination of great price and lifetime warranty for systems that won't be overclocked. I don't recall every having one of their SDR or DDR modules fail on me.
For my own system, I've usually used Crucial, but I had two ECC DDR DIMM modules fail on my last setup within 8 months of each other. Even though they were replaced under warranty, I decided to try another vendor and got Corsair XMS when I got a new board that didn't use ECC memory. I've been very happy with the two PC2700 modules I got, and have had perfect stability with them. Unlike Crucial, you get some nice heat spreaders with them too.

As for heatsink/fans, I'm using a Thermalright SLK-800. Massive, but with a solid clamp and supports an 80mm fan.
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Postby Bhairav on Thu May 13, 2004 2:41 am

Nice system, Ian. Which video card are you pairing it with? Heck, whole system specs?
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