Originally Posted by strudders
anybody have ideas on what memory i should use. Should i go for 4 times 1gb sticks or 2 times 2 2gb sticks. This will be for the 5.1 set up. Any recommendations appreciated, cheers
Assuming the 2x2 config is only a few $$ more expensive, I would go with that. It used to be that in older chipsets if you used all 4 memory slots, it would ramp down the speed on the ram, but I don't think that is the case anymore.
In addition, all current DDR2 ram runs between 1.8v - 2.1v PER STICK. Thus if you have 4 sticks (even if individually they are half capacity) they will need twice the voltage. More voltage=more heat.
Finally, if you ever upgrade to x64 operating system, you might want to get 8GB of ram. Get the 2x2 now to free up those other slots for another set of 2x2 later. Check out this Tom's Hardware article
on using 8gb of ram.