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post #11 of 23
C2D needs DDR2, but PD can use either DDR or DDR2, depending on the motherboard. If I were you, I'd get a new motherboard and RAM (DDR2, make sure it says "Conroe/Core 2 Ready") and then later on get a Conroe.
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That sounds like a good idea. I think the Gigabyte DS3s are PD compatible.
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post #13 of 23
DS3s are great. Not too expensive, reliable, quad-core compatible, incredible overclocking, etc. I got one for my Conroe build after lots of research.
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The only thing I dont like about them is that they dont have RAM dividers! So, you need great RAM to push the FSB.
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post #15 of 23
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Quote:
Originally Posted by money11465 View Post
C2D needs DDR2
oooh crap didn't know that
Oh well...I guess I'll wait a bit longer then to upgrade everything. But what if I just upgraded my ram to 2gb of ddr2 for now? Would I see any significant difference?
post #16 of 23
Probably. Grab some good old DDR2-800. That stuff is FAST.
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Quote:
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C2D needs DDR2
No, it's not required for a Core 2 Duo to use DDR2. His motherboard allows for DDR/DDR2 support + support for Core 2 Duo processor. It would be horribly slow with DDR + C2D, but it works.
    
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post #18 of 23
You will see a large difference (if you are sure your mobo can take it). 2gb of ram compared to 1gb is a very significant jump
    
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post #19 of 23
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Ok. Very interesting so far for a computer dummy like me hehe. Thanks everyone.

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No, it's not required for a Core 2 Duo to use DDR2. His motherboard allows for DDR/DDR2 support + support for Core 2 Duo processor. It would be horribly slow with DDR + C2D, but it works.
Well...I guess this brings the discussion back to the original question then...Upgrade to C2D or DDR2 800?
Judging from this bit "it would be horribly slow with DDR + C2D" I guess a ram upgrade would be better?
post #20 of 23
You cannot run DDR with C2D. Physically impossible. I would get a new motherboard with the ability to run C2D and a 2x1gb ddr2 ram to start of with, and then get a C2D cpu.
    
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