I don't give rave reviews to Maximum PC Magazine, because I've found better and more reliable information sources.
But a month or two earlier, they used some expensive infrared equipment to find the hottest parts of a PC, dividing their attention by category -- from mainstream user-rig to extreme-gamer rig.
Memory is not very "hot" relative to other components, but pushing it to its limit probably has a thermal barrier.
Maybe I'm spoiled. Some people gamble away a lot of money in Vegas or at So-Cal Indian reservations. I blow money on computer parts -- and not just on every new build. When I think what I've shelled out for what I really didn't need -- I just don't want to talk about it.
But I never attempt to cut costs with memory choices. If I were looking for ways to economize, I'd consider getting the budget CPU -- like the E6300 -- and spend some bucks on the RAM up front. I'd prefer getting it with the heatspreaders.
I hope you're reading this today or before midnight, because I just came back from the local PC CLub with some "inexpensive" RAM I was planning to use just to test a motherboard. When I saw what was on sale today, I just about ***T a brick:
OCZ DDR2 Platinum 1GB (2x512) Kits on Sale ONE DAY for $40 -- 7-27-07
If you don't see this until tomorrow, the ad won't be on their main "home" web-page.
Keep in mind I haven't read reviews on these, and the PC CLub folks were puzzled themselves as to how they were able to do this. I don't check RAM prices daily unless I'm planning to buy for a new build. But I thought -- even for 1 GB kits when 2GB is more in demand -- the price on these was stunning.
An earlier generation of Platinums I bought were posi-lutely abso-tively stunning. I researched for my Crucial Ballistix in the ongoing build, and haven't been looking at RAM options much, until today, when I was looking for something "quick."