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post #1 of 27
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Hey, I was trying to see what MOBO I should upgrade for my Athlon 64 3800+ Dual core....I need something not too pricey, bc my girl is getting it for Christmas, any ideas? I want to OC the core(s), and I want at least 4Gb RAM capacity.
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post #2 of 27
I would reccomend the DFI LANPARTY UT CFX3200..Great motherboard ans supports CF.
post #3 of 27
people are having alot of issues with the ULI chipset with raid, you can check it out here http://www.dfi-street.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=30 . i recommend the Asus 3200 version board even though it uses the same chipset it seems to have less issues. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131004
    
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post #4 of 27
Also, don't buy OCZ RAM if you plan on using that DFI board. It just doesn't like it. I personally want either an Abit AT8 or an Asus A8R32-MVP(both have the latest Xpress 3200 Chipset)
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post #5 of 27
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I see that some of these boards that you guys suggested support pc3200 RAM, so would I be able to just switch out my current RAM, instead of having to buy new RAM?
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post #6 of 27
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Originally Posted by binormalkilla View Post
I see that some of these boards that you guys suggested support pc3200 RAM, so would I be able to just switch out my current RAM, instead of having to buy new RAM?
as long as it's DDR1 (not AM2 CPU), you should be ok....then again, i don't htink anyone is selling PC3200 DDR2.... so you should be ok
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post #7 of 27
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yea it's DDR1, also, I was looking at the Corsair value select 512x2, as I have always heard good things about this company. If I order this also, how would this sync with the stock HP RAM, should I have to match latencies, etc. ? I've owned a laptop since I was a freshman in college, so I've been out of the loop as far as high powered components are concerned, so I've been having to learn quite a bit as I go along! Thanks for the help guys.
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2x Samsung 840 Pro  ASUS DVD-RW SATA Koolance 380i & 2x HW Labs 480GTX Arch Linux x86_64, Windows 7 x64 
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post #8 of 27
The board should do it on its own. The motherboard makes it sync up to the slower sticks of RAM. Not recommended though if you plan to OC. The IMC(integrated memory controller) on the AMDs do not like more than 4 "sticks" of RAM. So if you're RAM is double-sided(chips on both sides), then thats 4 right there. It will definitely hamper your OCs
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post #9 of 27
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OK here are the specs of my HP stock RAM:
Freq. :200 MHz
FSB RAM:CPU/5
CAS# Latency: 3.0 clocks
RAS to CAS delay: 3 clocks
RAS # precharge: 3 clocks
cycle time (Tras): 8 clocks
Bank cycle time(trc): 11 clocks
Command rate: 27
DRAM idel timer: 16 clocks

The Corsair value select has a CAS latency of 2.5. From what I know (assume) smaller the latency, the better (purely by the definition of "latency"), so since they don't match up, the new MOBO's will sync these latencies, but this will be disadvantageous for OCing? So I guess that I should go for a gig of the Corsair witht the MOBO, then sell the HP RAM, as I can probably sell it to some kid at my college.
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4930K @ 4.6 GHz ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition MSI GTX 1080 FE Heatkiller Acetal 16 GB Corsair Vengeance 1600C9 
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2x Samsung 840 Pro  ASUS DVD-RW SATA Koolance 380i & 2x HW Labs 480GTX Arch Linux x86_64, Windows 7 x64 
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LG UC88-B Ultrawide, ASUS VS278Q Ducky Corsair AX1200i Caselabs STH10 
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2x Samsung 840 Pro  ASUS DVD-RW SATA Koolance 380i & 2x HW Labs 480GTX Arch Linux x86_64, Windows 7 x64 
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LG UC88-B Ultrawide, ASUS VS278Q Ducky Corsair AX1200i Caselabs STH10 
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post #10 of 27
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oh yea, can I currently OC my RAM?
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2x Samsung 840 Pro  ASUS DVD-RW SATA Koolance 380i & 2x HW Labs 480GTX Arch Linux x86_64, Windows 7 x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG UC88-B Ultrawide, ASUS VS278Q Ducky Corsair AX1200i Caselabs STH10 
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2x Samsung 840 Pro  ASUS DVD-RW SATA Koolance 380i & 2x HW Labs 480GTX Arch Linux x86_64, Windows 7 x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG UC88-B Ultrawide, ASUS VS278Q Ducky Corsair AX1200i Caselabs STH10 
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