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Our latest question comes from Adam via email. Remember to drop by our friendly forums if you have a tech question that needs answering!

Q: Hi there, I was wondering if you could just give me some brief advice. I am currently running a system with an Epox 8RDA3+ motherboard with 512MB OCZ EL DDR PC-3500 memory. I am looking to expand my memory up to 1GB as I will be needing it shortly. I don’t know whether to sell this stick and purchase a matched pair or whether to just invest in another OCZ stick of the same spec and run them dual that way. If I invest in a new pair of sticks should I be looking at something with low latency because I am running an Athlon? There are so many different types of RAM out there I just don’t know. Basically I want to upgrade to the fastest 1GB of RAM that my mobo will let me achieve. When I finally come to upgrade my board/processor I will be probably get an Athlon 64, if that changes anything.

A: Hi Adam. In your situation, buying a second stick of identical spec OCZ memory would certainly give you the best value for your money, and this would be the avenue that we'd recommend. If you do decide to go with new memory, investing in a pair of low latency 2-2-2-5 modules will probably net you somewhere in the area of a 5% performance increase with either your old system or an Athlon 64-based PC. Most of the major 'enthusiast' memory manufacturers offer modules capable of this specification, so you have plenty of choice!

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