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Greetings, first time posting here. I am impressed with the replies to peoples' questions in this forum, so I decided to post one I have been pondering/researching the past few days.


Just put together a system, I'm an average builder...this is my 2nd system.


The ram I am using in my machine now is from my previous setup. (1GB Ultra PC2700 @166) I would like to purchase 2 GB for this new system, dual channel for it's obvious reasons. Eventually up to 4GB. After reading so many posts and googling this and that, I am nothing but confused on which ram I should buy for this A8N5X mobo. "Decisions, decisions."


Within the manual of this mobo, it gives you a vendor's list, but I suspect it should be updated. The website shows the same list (not updated). My budget is about $200-$250. On with the question!


Which RAM set should I buy?








Both value selects, but one specifies DUAL CHANNEL, the other doesn't but in reviews people using in dual channel mode. ???





Before I write another paragraph, I will see what you guys have to say.


Thanks in advance!







A8N5X nForce4

AMD 64 4000+ 2.4ghz

3D Fuzion GeForce 7300GS

Ultra 'V' Series 400W PSU (have ordered the 500W)

Maxtor ATA Pri: 40gb Sec: 60gb

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  1. TWINX2048-3200C2PT


  • CMX1024-3200PRO DDR-400 (PC-3200) 1GB 3-3-3-8-2T
  • CMX1024-3200PT DDR-400 (PC-3200) 1GB 3-3-3-8-2T
  • CMX256A-3200C2 DDR-400 (XMS-3200C2) 256MB 2-3-3-6-2T
  • CMX512-3200 DDR-400 (XMS-3200C2) 512MB 2-3-3-6-2T
  • CMX512-3200C2PRO DDR-400 (XMS-3200C2) 512MB 2-3-3-6-2T
  • CMX512-3200C2PT DDR-400 (XMS-3200C2) 512MB 2-3-3-6-2T
  • TWINX1024-3200C2PRO DDR-400 (XMS-3200C2) 1GB Kit (2 x 512MB) 2-3-3-6-2T
  • TWINX1024-3200C2PT DDR-400 (XMS-3200C2) 1GB Kit (2 x 512MB) 2-3-3-6-2T
  • TWINX2048-3200C2PT DDR-400 (XMS-3200C2) 2GB Kit (2 x 1GB) 2-3-3-6-2T
  • TWINX2048-3200PT DDR-400 (PC-3200) 2GB Kit (2 x 1GB) 3-3-3-8-2T
  • TWINX2048-3500LLPRO DDR-434 (XMS-3500LL) 2GB Kit (2 x 1GB) 2-3-2-6-1T
  • TWINXP1024-3200C2 DDR-400 (XMS-3200C2) 1GB Kit (2 x 512MB) 2-3-3-6-2T
  • TWINXP2048-3200C2 DDR-400 (PC-3200) 2GB Kit (2 x 1GB) 3-3-3-8-2T
  • VS1GB333 DDR-333 (PC-2700) 1GB 2.5-3-3-7-2T
  • VS1GB400C3 DDR-400 (PC-3200) 1GB 3-3-3-8-2T
  • VS1GBKIT333 DDR-333 (PC-2700) 2GB Kit (2 x 1GB) 2.5-3-3-7-2T
  • VS1GBKIT400 DDR-400 (PC-3200C25) 1GB Kit (2 x 512MB) 2.5-3-3-8-2T
  • VS1GBKIT400C3 DDR-400 (PC-3200) 1GB Kit (2 x 512MB) 3-3-3-8-2T
  • VS256MB266 DDR-266 (PC-2100) 256MB 2.5-3-3-3-2T
  • VS256MB333 DDR-333 (PC-2700) 256MB 2.5-3-3-7-2T
  • VS256MB400 DDR-400 (PC-3200C25) 256MB 2.5-3-3-8-2T
  • VS256MB400C3 DDR-400 (PC-3200) 256MB 3-3-3-8-2T
  • VS2GBKIT400C3 DDR-400 (PC-3200) 2GB Kit (2 x 1GB) 3-3-3-8-2T
  • VS512MB266 DDR-266 (PC-2100) 512MB 2.5-3-3-3-2T
  • VS512MB333 DDR-333 (PC-2700) 512MB 2.5-3-3-7-2T
  • VS512MB400 DDR-400 (PC-3200C25) 512MB 2.5-3-3-8-2T
  • VS512MB400C3 DDR-400 (PC-3200) 512MB 3-3-3-8-2T
  • VS512MBKIT400 DDR-400 (PC-3200C25) 512MB Kit (2 x 256MB) 2.5-3-3-8-2T
  • VS512MBKIT400C3 DDR-400 (PC-3200) 512MB Kit (2 x 256MB) 3-3-3-8-2T


This is from the Corsair Memory Configurator.




Note that:


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145486 is the recommended dram and is first in the Corsair list.


# VS2GBKIT400C3 DDR-400 (PC-3200) 2GB Kit (2 x 1GB) 3-3-3-8-2T is in the list as well.



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Im thinking of getting (2) VS1GB400C3... the only thing I am skeptical about is I read all this talk about getting samsung chips or nanya chips.


With that....should I purchase (1) VS2GB400C3? Better my chances of getting matched chipsets with a 2GB kit than buying two 1GB kits?


If a stick is bad, I hear you have to send them both back (2 GB kit) which is why I figured to buy them separately.


Any thoughts?


Thanks again!





Hurry, I'm about to hit the submit button @ Newegg! :D haha

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It's always a bit of a dice throw when you buy separate sticks. You can only guarantee them if you look at them and you can't do that with web purchases.


The only way to ensure identical DRAM is by purchasing a kit or seeing the sticks. 1GB sticks are not a kit.

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