Originally posted by shuebhussain
For athlon 64 systems, is it essential that I buy branded ram (I am aware of the table of tested memories on the above link)?
Essential? No it's not, but it's still a very wise thing to do, just to avoid all possible problems....
Originally posted by shuebhussain Is there any need for ECC registered ram?
No, only the Athlon 64FX and the Opteron require this; the regular Athlon 64 can use regular DDR.
Originally posted by shuebhussain Would i be better buying 256MB of CAS2 ram or buying 512MB of unbranded/brandedvalue ram (all PC3200 ie 400MHz)?
256MB is a little low for such a highend system (I'd rather call 512MB an absolute minimum), but I'd stick with CAS2 as well. The Athlon 64 really benefits from fast memory, so make use of that
Originally posted by shuebhussain Any recommendations of makes of ram?
Just get a well-known brand with good ratings. Look it up in the table I mentioned earlier.
Originally posted by shuebhussain Does anyone know anything specific about "OCZ" and "Corsair(Value Select)" brands?
They are both good brands. Corsair VS is probably memory with less good timings, so watch out for that.
Originally posted by shuebhussain Does the mixing of different makes, cas latency values, ram clock speeds etc. of ram cause problems?
Yes, rdgrimes already explained this
Originally posted by shuebhussain [B]Is this due to Athlon 64's built-in memory controller or is this just a more general poin on memory?