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1 x 4GB vs 2 x 2GB RAM. What is the difference?

#1CremaciousPosted 12/2/2013 9:13:01 AM
Building my dad a new tower for Christmas to replace his 12 year old one, and since all he does is play solitaire and web browse, I'm going for cheaper components. I am looking on Newegg's cyber Monday sale, and I see that I can get either 4GB RAM in one stick, or two 2GB. The single stick in cheaper. Is it worth spending extra for any reason?
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#2mikewu1Posted 12/2/2013 9:16:04 AM
Branding dictates price. What speeds are they?
#3EciDemonPosted 12/2/2013 9:16:43 AM
Yeah, you get better performance when you install ram in pairs. Then they run in dual channel mode, so 2 or 4 sticks will work.
There's also triple channel on high end motherboards and then you would install 3 or 6 sticks for optimal performance.
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#4MarceloSampaioPosted 12/2/2013 9:18:14 AM
Dude, if your pop is just gonna play solitaire, it makes no difference.

Having two sticks of 2 is better than 1 stick of 4 ONLY IF your motherboard supports dual channel.

Still the difference isn't THAT noticeable. Me, I ALWAYS like to have two sticks, since I usually play some resource-heavy games, and I do notice dual channel is A LITTLE faster.

But if your dad isn't gonna play something like Skyrim, Far Cry 3 or BF4, it will not make any difference. :p
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#5mrCubePosted 12/2/2013 9:19:12 AM
^Chill out on the caps there bro

For your purposes TC, it doesn't matter at all.
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#6ShubPosted 12/2/2013 9:24:30 AM
I would get the cheaper option. If that's the single stick option, then no worries. Dual channel is mostly worthless anyway, but especially in a case like this.
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#7r0ge00Posted 12/2/2013 9:27:12 AM
Get the single stick if it's cheaper. He won't notice any difference in the tasks he's performing.
#8reincarnator07Posted 12/2/2013 11:58:21 AM
1x4GB will perform slightly worse (so slight that you likely won't even notice in casual computer use) while leaving more room to upgrade later on. In this case, go with what's cheapest.
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