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Can DDR2 sticks go into the DDR3 slots and be backwards compatible? I have 3 sticks of DDR2.

Also, do you know if a Radeon 5770 from XFX (it's a dual slot) will work with this mobo and the Silverstone ML04?
no dd2 wont go in ddr3 same with ddr3 wont go in ddr2.
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post #12 of 18
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Can DDR2 sticks go into the DDR3 slots and be backwards compatible? I have 3 sticks of DDR2.

Also, do you know if a Radeon 5770 from XFX (it's a dual slot) will work with this mobo and the Silverstone ML04?

No, it will not fit.

You have to realize this case is only about 4 inches tall--from the outside! So you have less than 4" height usable inside.

The 5770 you suggested is 4.5" and the 5870 is 5". Neither will fit. As someone else said, only low profile cards will work without modding / PCI risers.


My suggestion is use on-board graphics. Unless you're gaming on it, it's fine.

If you plan on gaming, you'd either have to:
  • buy a low profile GPU
  • buy a different case
  • do some modding and use PCI risers, which I definitely wouldn't suggest.
  • cut a hold in the case and have the GPU stick out the top thumb.gif
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No, it will not fit.

You have to realize this case is only about 4 inches tall--from the outside! So you have less than 4" height usable inside.

The 5770 you suggested is 4.5" and the 5870 is 5". Neither will fit. As someone else said, only low profile cards will work without modding / PCI risers.


My suggestion is use on-board graphics. Unless you're gaming on it, it's fine.

If you plan on gaming, you'd either have to:
  • buy a low profile GPU
  • buy a different case
  • do some modding and use PCI risers, which I definitely wouldn't suggest.
  • cut a hold in the case and have the GPU stick out the top thumb.gif

Onboard might not be enugh for 1080p blurays im not really sure if he plans to watch blurays that is.
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post #14 of 18
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Heh great replies guys, thanks smile.gif

Yes, 1080p content definitely. That was my concern with the onboard stuff, it won't handle it.

Sigh, the Silverstone ML04 is oh so sleek and nice... wanted to avoid going the "large" HTPC situation, but it looks like this might not be possible with the Radeon 5770.
post #15 of 18
I think you should be able to do 1080p with a super cheap, low profile GPU like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150655

http://www.inmethod.com/forum/posts/list/1176.page

People here said that they could do it with 2GB RAM and your processor, but 4GB and same CPU is even better.

And that is streaming it, not even playing from a blu-ray drive. So you should be fine.

30 bucks, not a big investment IMO. And really, you might be able to find something cheaper used / on ebay, etc.

Edit: It also comes with a $10 mail-in rebate, which brings it down to $20 all said and done. Not bad.
Edited by BonzaiTree - 9/11/13 at 11:14am
post #16 of 18
Thread Starter 
Hey great link! Definitely worth considering.

In your opinion, do you think it would be worth getting a mATX HTPC case that supports full height PCIe, and just use my 5770?
post #17 of 18
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Hey great link! Definitely worth considering.

In your opinion, do you think it would be worth getting a mATX HTPC case that supports full height PCIe, and just use my 5770?

Nah.

Unless you plan on gaming you really don't need much in the way of GPU power.

This would be plenty.
post #18 of 18
I have a system built from spare parts also as a HTPC that is in a closet that has a vented door so i just used a corsair Carbide Series 200R case . it also uses the e8400 cpu on an older Gigabyte P965 DS3 board with 4Gb of OCZ Reaper 1066Mhz ram / WD 320Gb drive and Nvidia 560GTX SE with a 400watt Antec green power supply.. i have an LG Blu- Ray drive and chaep Rosewill USB Wifi to keep it mobile as to take it on trips if i want to.

It had windows XP SP3 on it and i added a fresh windows 8 upgrade to it and all was 100% flawless going from XP > WINDOWS 8 within the desktop of XP and Windows 8 runs so smooth and quick.
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