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QUADCORE.txt 71k .txt file

I attached my CPU-Z report for this question to anticipate information I did know to include.

My ram is showing 400mhz which means i AM running 800mhz. The ram is OCZ 1600mhz but i just figured out my Gigabyte mobo will only run specific rams @1600. There is no user function to adjust timings so when i adjust voltage and multiplier, the system crashes after 20minutes.

What would you do as a next step? Would you purchase different DDR2 that i can overclock to 4Gb@1600mhz (~$100 for 2x2Gb) or just run 8Gb @800mhz (2x4Gb)? Or I can buy a new MOBO and overclock my current DDR2 on that mobo. I do not want to get a new board, DDR3 and cpu due to cost right now.

Which will be a significant performance change?

Is it really worth paying that much for DDR2 at this point?
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Originally Posted by valocty View Post

QUADCORE.txt 71k .txt file

I attached my CPU-Z report for this question to anticipate information I did know to include.

My ram is showing 400mhz which means i AM running 800mhz. The ram is OCZ 1600mhz but i just figured out my Gigabyte mobo will only run specific rams @1600. There is no user function to adjust timings so when i adjust voltage and multiplier, the system crashes after 20minutes.

What would you do as a next step? Would you purchase different DDR2 that i can overclock to 4Gb@1600mhz (~$100 for 2x2Gb) or just run 8Gb @800mhz (2x4Gb)? Or I can buy a new MOBO and overclock my current DDR2 on that mobo. I do not want to get a new board, DDR3 and cpu due to cost right now.

Which will be a significant performance change?

Is it really worth paying that much for DDR2 at this point?


At this height, purchasing DDR2 memory at whatever speeds is a large mistake; especially for high-demand multitasking and gaming. That being said, there are plenty of quick DDR3 sticks sold at far cheaper prices (paid >$50 for my 16GB of 1333Mhz) than the DDR2 RAM you have listed there. As for RAM compatibility with Motherboards, download a motherboard diagnostic software; the type of RAM that you can purchase is determined by the compatibility with your motherboard. The limitations that a motherboard imposes aren't strictly limited to just its type, but its speed as well. For instance, your motherboard may be able to handle DDR2 @800MHz, but will not be able to handle DDR2 @1333, for instance. There are cheap, good motherboards out there. The one I have in my sig was $49.99, and there are RAM pieces on newegg at DDR3 (1333Mhz) at $~20.00 for 4GB piece.
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Thank you for the reply.
I had considered that and just keeping my AM2+ processor.
Lets say i was to go that route...What are target specs for MOBO's?

I thought i had a really good one with my Gigabyte, I was not clear on how the M.I.T. on the Bios worked. mad.gif
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a lot of my architecture is being phased out i believe.... Only one AM2+ MOBO @newegg. If I go the route of board and DDR3, i have to do processor as well. I am not willing to reinvest in a build right now.

That brings me back to my initial question of whether 8Gb of DDR2 800MHz is better than 4Gb of DDR2@1600Mhz.?
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was this a dumb question? Seems like a no brainer that more ram with lower heat and power need would be better....I just want to make sure before i buy.
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Originally Posted by valocty View Post

was this a dumb question? Seems like a no brainer that more ram with lower heat and power need would be better....I just want to make sure before i buy.

More RAM at lower frequency is a better decision than fast DDR2. smile.gif
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Why do you want new memory first off. Just for fun? Old stuff dying out? Wanting improved performance? DDR2 is gone, old news. In fact I think DDR4 will be launching fairly soon. If you want a moderate upgrade grab a AMD FX and some DDR3 1600 C8/C9. That's more than enough to get you through the next few years of 1920x1080 at medium settings I would think. Once overclocked of course.
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