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    I'm building a gaming machine from seperate parts on ebay.. now i just need RAM help!

    I'm building a gaming system from all parts on ebay. I think i'm saving a ton of moneey doing it all myself. See my bidder history on ebay at http://cgi3.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAP...&all=0&rows=25

    Check the motherboard out please. It says its compatable with PC800 RDRAM but that stuff is expensive!!! almost 130 bucks or more just for 256 RDRAM... but I can get a 512 SDRAM for less than HALF of that! BUT, the only problem is that the SDRAM says its compatable with PC66,100,133 and I do not see that anywhere in the listing for the motherboard. Also the listing says nothing about SDRAM it only keeps on and on about RDRAM. Please help!

    Also, any comments or suggestions

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    Did you already buy the motherboard? If it takes Rambus, then you're out of luck. You can't switch ram types like that.

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    Agreed, this is no way to SAVE money! Better to pay full retail whack for a decent Athlon DDR motheboard and RAM rather than get an auctioned P4 board and some RDRAM RIMMS. THe P4 is not an economical option for most people, unless some of its specialist features are exactly what you need.

    If you still want to use auctions to save a bit then do so, just make sure you know what you're bidding on, asking here was a good idea. Also do check that the price you pay IS a good deal, I've seen too many people pay more for SH items in auctions than it would have cost if they'd shopped around the web a bit more.

    Good luck .

    Bennyboy
    If you've got your money for nothing, who cares if the chicks are free!

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    so SDram will not work on my system??? YUCK
    would you recommend using the 128RDRAM and then adding another if I ever need it or just go with the 256RDRAM. What is the pros/cons of using 2 ram sticks??

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    heres the deal. I can get 256mb of RDram for about 130.00

    I can get 128mb of RDram for 60.00

    I want a system that will be killer for a long time to come but still I dont want to spend a BIG WAD OF CASH. Heres the big question. Will i be ok with 128 megs of RDRAM for now and add another of the same later if need be.....or would you simply pay the extra for the 256 and THEN later if I added another of that i'd have 512 RDRAM total... I need some quick opinions because I'm going to bid on some RAM here soon. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    The way I see it, RDRAM has to fall in price to make itself viable, and looking at recent trends memory is getting cheaper on mass. You will be OK with 128Mb for most games like Q3, I noticed no difference between 128Mb and 256Mb in games of the Q3/UT generation, the big difference was moving from 64Mb to 128Mb. However applications in Windows in general will start to stutter sooner with 128Mb depending on how much graphic work you do. I personally would get the 256Mb now, but that's me, simply for Windows not games. If you want to save cash now, then waiting for that extra DIMM is a nice option to have, it will most likely cost you less that way too by bying in the future when stock is most likely cheaper.

    I don't know if there is any disadvantage in having two RIMMs instead of one for latency etc., anyone got any experience with this?

    Depending on what else you're planning on spending on the system, I would be very tempted to save on the RAM for now and put that extra $70 into a better soundcard, videocard or speakers, something which will really make it a 'special' rig, 256Mb is nice to have, sure, but when you're sitting there playing I think you'd be happier with surround sound rather than ever so slightly smoother gameplay. But I am me and you are you, whatever the choice, it sounds like this system's gonna rock!

    Bennyboy.
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