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Ok so the boardI have I got a some time last year and because I got it in a combo deal I didn't think much of it. Lately, I've seen several great deals on DDR3 ram and was wondering if it's worth it to upgrade (mostly since my board only does DDR2)

With Bulldozer on the way, I figure I can use my current chip (Phenom II) on an a AM3+ board (that ASRock board looks awfully good) and i'll be in a good place when the chips finally come available.
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Your Phenom II 940 only supports ddr2 im afraid.

So you'll need a new AM3 cpu to run with new ddr3.

DDR2 is still fast in todays standards and you wouldn't notice hardly any difference unless you're benching.
    
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the minimal gains DDR3 offers is what keeps me on the DDR2 platform.

Besides, i'm always skint. If you can afford a new mobo, ram and cpu go for it, otherwise don't bother.
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Ok, so if you do decide to upgrade, if you are going to get this board to run bulldozer...Don't you are looking at 4+1 power phase and an 8core proc on that just doesn't make sense... ok next choice. Ok, the next AM3+ board on newegg says it is 890FX chip... I thought AM3+ were all 990FX but I guess I'm behind good board 8+2 power phase but why not get the ASUS M5A99X? for that price? Then there is the 990FX board good board. 8+2 but then in ASUS there is the sabertooth if you can squeeze an extra $20 out... I also know ASUS have great RMA policies, then the UEFI bios is a perk.
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Your Phenom II 940 only supports ddr2 im afraid.

So you'll need a new AM3 cpu to run with new ddr3.

DDR2 is still fast in todays standards and you wouldn't notice hardly any difference unless you're benching.
Didn't know that... guess I should have done a bit more research. In that case i'll stick with what I have now. Currently my 5870 allows me to do pretty much what I want (gaming wise) with no problems so I'm in no rush to upgrade.


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DDR2 Has tighter-timings, which Intel Processors very do much Like. Also, If you have DDR2 1066, then try and OC it's Memory since your on an AMD Platform. AMD Platforms benefit more Mhz On Everything Except HT. Intel prefers Tighter timings toward Mhz because their memory channel works differently. Stick with the X4 940 - There is no point in upgrading anyways since games today only take advantage of Quad-cores.
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