That doesnt mean you have to get ripped off however. You need to be smart about what you are buying. Purchasing the most expensive product on the block will not guarrenty you quality. I have experienced that first hand. It is good to look for quality, but dont get tricked into thinking that need to purchase the most high end product available to get quality components. By all means, search for brand name componets, but you dont have to purchase their top of the line products (unless you want to), to build a quality system. You will also safe a lot of money by being smart like this and aiming for non-bleeding edge componentry, which is is free of the ridiculuos markup put on new computer hardware.
I found out from the technician that I had a poor quality Buss,the wire between the GPU and the CPU was a poorer quality and thus it bottle necked the power of my PC and so the upgrade of RAM had little effect.
Please dont tell lies, or spread FUD. If you have looked inside a computer before you would know that there is NO “wire” between the GPU and the CPU. They communicate though the AGP link, (and now PCI EXPRESS), which is intregrated directly into the motherboard. Its not like you get a cable and plug them in. There is also nothing such as a “poor quality Buss”. Maybe you are talking about the FSB (front side bus), and assuming you had a pentium 4, maybe a slower FSB contributed to slowing down your system. But the amount of ram you have has nothing to do with the speed of the FSB and visa-versa, because only the speed of the RAM is a factor. Normally you purchase RAM with timings and frequencies that are compatible with your system. So you need to work out what your saying, because on one hand you say that your problem was resolved with "the new extra 512"mb of RAM, then on the other hand you are talking about the speed of the “bus” (and there are many “bus’s” in a computer, so you should specify which one you are talking about. Also, system bottlenecks are normally related to the limitations of the specific chipset in use, in which case a few chipsets are normally used accross the board for each architecture, so whether your motherboard was a cheaper one, or a more expensive one, that had little to do with your system bottlenecks unless you were somehow sold a 1980’s computer. Then again, if you bought it off that technician who has been giving you advice I wouldnt be surprised
Also valarking, I have used Corsair Valueram many times in systems that I have built for friends and family, and I havent had any problems with the quality of the product at all. Unless you are overclocking, you do not need high frequency ram with overlarge ramsinks. Anyway, maybe you have had that experience, im just telling mine.
Anyway, good luck with whatever you decide to do weedmonkey. I hope it all goes well for you. Im sure you’ll be happy with whatever you get, its just good that you know the full picture so you can make a well informed decision when the time comes.