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#1 Oct 03 2010 at 11:17 PM Rating: Decent
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Hello i have read the sticky on computer building and trying to get more ram for my cpu to play the game.

I have tried to find the same memory newegg as the one on CPUZ but its out of stock.
Can anyone tell me which ram i could use. ??
I have searched for ddr2 pc2-6400 but there are other numbers such as 240 pin which i dont know if its the right one.

I run intel core 2 duo e6550
Main board is p5n-e sli

memory is 2x slots of ddr2
channels: dual
max bandwidth :pc2-6400 (400mhz) aeneon 1024Mbytes
dram frequency 333.4mhz
and i have 2 slots available.

And is 2x 2gb better for me thatn 2x1gb for a total of 6gb memory or is that too much?

Thank you in advance.


Edited, Oct 4th 2010 1:19am by iceteadrink
#2 Oct 03 2010 at 11:23 PM Rating: Decent
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1) Read the QVL for your board
2) Look to find the fastest ram for your board
3) ???
4) Profit
#3 Oct 03 2010 at 11:25 PM Rating: Decent
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iceteadrink wrote:
Hello i have read the sticky on computer building and trying to get more ram for my cpu to play the game.

I have tried to find the same memory newegg as the one on CPUZ but its out of stock.
Can anyone tell me which ram i could use. ??
I have searched for ddr2 pc2-6400 but there are other numbers such as 240 pin which i dont know if its the right one.

I run intel core 2 duo e6550
Main board is p5n-e sli

memory is 2x slots of ddr2
channels: dual
max bandwidth :pc2-6400 (400mhz) aeneon 1024Mbytes
dram frequency 333.4mhz
and i have 2 slots available.

And is 2x 2gb better for me thatn 2x1gb for a total of 6gb memory or is that too much?

Thank you in advance.


Edited, Oct 4th 2010 1:19am by iceteadrink


It looks like your board will take 800Mhz RAM - I'd take the 2 pieces of RAM you currently have and throw them away and then buy 2x2G of new RAM @ 800 Mhz and install
#4 Oct 03 2010 at 11:26 PM Rating: Decent
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Ugh sorry for triple post, but can you post specs of your PC?

I'm thinking that faster RAM probably isn't going to improve your FFXIV performance, and DDR2 RAM is $$

Might want to bite the bullet and buy a new MB with DDR3 and a new CPU... ;) Just sayin'
#5 Oct 03 2010 at 11:38 PM Rating: Decent
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Thank you for the suggestion , didn't think about throwing the old ones out.

What is Qvl???????
and what do the 240 pins mean on some of the ram.


Someone suggested uping ram was my only try option otherwise i would need to get a new system.


My specs are intel core2 duo e6550
@2.33ghz 2gb ram
nvidia geforce 8500gt

ram fail is ffxiv fail for me atm..;[
#6 Oct 03 2010 at 11:41 PM Rating: Decent
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You aren't going to see any noticeable improvement with better or more RAM, your CPU and GPU are your bottlenecks for sure.

QVL stands for "Qualified Vendor List" Basically your mainboard manufacturer (in your case Asus) puts out a list of known RAM specifications that they know work with that mainboard.

To find the QVL just google QVL + your board model
#7 Oct 03 2010 at 11:46 PM Rating: Decent
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Thank you.
Well im hoping because someone with similar specs with me posted that they run the game fine. but they have more ram.

I would be happy to run the game on 1024x768 resolution if it runs relativelysmooth

i can get into the game and move around but its real laggy on regular low settings.
i can only hope.......

#8 Oct 03 2010 at 11:47 PM Rating: Decent
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Oh and "pin" means how many gold contacts you see on the bottom of the RAM, which makes contact with the RAM slot on your mainboard. The important # is the PC# PC(#)-XXXXX where # is if it is DDR2 or DDR3 and XXXXX is the "speed" of the RAM.

Also noticed you only have 2G of ram, so it may help FFXIV - probably not by much though, would help for other stuff though - more memory for windows to work with is never a bad thing.

#9 Oct 03 2010 at 11:48 PM Rating: Decent
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Hi-

copied from your OP:

channels: dual
max bandwidth :pc2-6400 (400mhz) aeneon 1024Mbytes
dram frequency 333.4mhz

Your current ram is not running at ddr frequency of 400; it's only running at 333. Enter your BIOS and manually set the ram to 400mhz. You'll see a increase in performance with that setting alone.

If you are running Win XP, 3 gigs of ram is enough. XP won't use any more than 3gigs of ram.

If you used CPUz for your info, check under the memory tab and make sure your ram is running FSB 1:1. If it's 3:2, 5:4 etc, you're losing performance unless you're running a high overclock that requires running your ram below spec to achieve low-latency ram timing and system stability.

When adding ram to your system, make sure your motherboard will support the additional ram in the BIOS.

If you decide to add ram to your system, try not to mismatch the ram. You might lose the ability to run in Dual Channel mode because the ram sticks won't synch. I have some sticks of corsair ram that negate dual channel when running together. They are all the same item number yet won't synch in dual channel.

when choosing ram, check with the motherboard manufacturer to see what ram is compatible with your motherboard.
#10 Oct 03 2010 at 11:49 PM Rating: Decent
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iceteadrink wrote:
Thank you.
Well im hoping because someone with similar specs with me posted that they run the game fine. but they have more ram.

I would be happy to run the game on 1024x768 resolution if it runs relativelysmooth

i can get into the game and move around but its real laggy on regular low settings.
i can only hope.......



They also may have everything turned to "low" or off in the configuration - also what do they mean by "run the game fine"?

Have them run FRAPS and see what their FPS is with what settings and where are they.

It's choppy on my PC in towns and I have a quad core 2.67, 4 gigs of ram, and a radeon 4850
#11 Oct 03 2010 at 11:53 PM Rating: Decent
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Thank you for your help. Hopefully i will be able to be a part of the ffxiv community. I really hope... Thanks again.
#12 Oct 04 2010 at 12:00 AM Rating: Decent
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Thanks tasene.
This memory thing is so complicated. yes fsb:dram is 1:1. I will try to change bios now.

3gb of ram wouldn't it make it uneven for dual channel?
or doesnt make a difference?

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#13 Oct 04 2010 at 12:05 AM Rating: Decent
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Ram timing stuff always goes over my head :P

Edited, Oct 4th 2010 3:04am by Tanstalas1
#14 Oct 04 2010 at 12:06 AM Rating: Decent
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iceteadrink wrote:
Thanks tasene.
This memory thing is so complicated. yes fsb:dram is 1:1. I will try to change bios now.

3gb of ram wouldn't it make it uneven for dual channel?
or doesnt make a difference?

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Don;t change it, if it is 1:1 leave it alone, that is what you want :)
#15 Oct 04 2010 at 12:15 AM Rating: Decent
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dual channel isn't a reference to the number of ram strips you have. It's more a reference to the number of throughputs of information established per strip.

Still, more ram will probably not correct your need for more cpu. You may see a 1 or 2 fps increase, if you're lucky.

Keep us up to date and let us know how it goes.
#16 Oct 04 2010 at 12:20 AM Rating: Decent
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tanstalas

windows 7
amd athlon dual core processor
4gb memory
nvidia geforce 8600

this is the spec that person said they are running.better than mine, and that person said fine..slow on loads sometimes.
But im assuming fine is playing it at least like ffxi..not atari like graphics like me atm.
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