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Is there a certain or measurable advantage to using ECC RAM in a desktop PC?

I fuss a lot over building stable machines -- in that I absolutely hate crashes, reboots, funny behaviour, etc. -- and so error-correcting a.k.a. ECC RAM would seem to solve a big problem: memory ...
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Can I use non-ECC memory in a machine that already has some DDR2 ECC memory?

I have a developer workstation that has registered DDR2 ECC DIMMs already installed. I'm planning on getting some more RAM. Can I add memory modules that aren't ECC and/or registered? I mean, does the ...
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How frequent are DRAM errors?

How frequent are DRAM errors? How significant a factor is heat? Is it worth investing in ECC RAM?
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ECC registered vs ECC unbuffered

I would like to build a storage server (based on GNU/Linux or FreeBSD) which will be on all the time. To prevent data corruption (which is unlikely to happen as I never had such a problem, but better ...
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Upgrading memory on the mac - how to solve problems that may arise

The info I could find from Apple about this, helps nothing and Apple Brazil doesn't sell memory (despite being at least 3x more expensive than regular Apple) so I don't know how to buy official ...