Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1
Quote: Originally Posted by LuzTeTT
No, he doesn't "need" it, he wants it. Photoshop loves to play with RAM, and the faster your RAM the better. You might want to look up the definition of 'DDR' as well.
In his original post, he indicated that he "might" perform a "slight" overclock. Thus DDR2 800 provides plenty of overhead for that.
A stock Q9550 runs at a 333 Mhz FSB with an 8.5 multiplier. DDR2 800 can handle a 400Mhz FSB speed and maintain a 1:1 ratio with the CPU. So, unless he bumps up the FSB to at least 400Mhz..he still wouldn't be maxing out the RAM that he currently has installed. 400mhz x 2 = 800Mhz At stock clock speeds, his DDR2 800 RAM is actually running at DDR2 667 speeds (333mhz FSB x 2).
You are right on the OC stats- there are a zillion posts around with relative newbies OC'ing to 4 GHz with stock cooling, slow-ish RAM and a little advice, running virtually the same gear with, in many cases, a CPU slightly below the 9550
There is definitely room for a little tweaking even with current hardware, but I figured I would upgrade whatever will benefit the OC the most, before I go heating the room up !
Must be hot in NT dude- it's friggin 35 here.