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Im upgrading very soon (this month) to an E6600... So I will need a new mobo and memory... Would you recommend going DDR3 instead of DDR2?
The price works out to be amost identical. I know some people will say wait till DDR3 matures but I doubt that I'll be able to afford another mobo and memory for some time.
I will be going for Asus P5K3 Deluxe and CorsairTwinX XMS3
as apposed to DDR2 which would have been Asus P5N32-E SLi and OCZ 8500 Sli

Also, are there going to be any noticable performance differences between DDR2 and DDR3 (if not now, in the future)?

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I would stick with DDR2 at the moment, because DDR3 will be expensive and have high CAS timings at launch. Wait for both of those to come down IMO. You could always pick a new P3 (?) series mobo that supports both DDR2/3 (although only two DIMMS for DDR2, I think). Tomshardware has reviews of those boards.
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post #3 of 7
That is actually a tough one...I plan at upgrading at a much future date, as far as my MB goes, so I will prolly jump on DDR3 when that happens, not sure what you should do though. zogg is right for the most part, except if you don't upgrade a lot, like me, than maybe you should get DDR3, otherwise you'll be behind like I was when I jumped to DDR2.
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I noticed the poor timings too, but do you think that will matter at the minute considering I'm currently on 1gb DDR1 3200... It is still gonna be better than that... and then I can maybe upgrade the memory later on. the DDR3 motherboard is cheaper and the DDR is only £60 more. I just don't wanna spend money on DDR2 now and wish I'd upgraded to DDR3 when I had the chance.
Then again, that P5N32 does look nice with 4gb of OCZ8500 Reaper on my Vista x64. I hate decisions like this grrrrrrr
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post #5 of 7
Flip a coin
post #6 of 7
Get a mobo that supports both then get some DDR2 seeing as its cheaper and has better timings.

When DDR3 "matures" and drops in price a bit, buy it then. Its a lot easier to switch out RAM than a mobo, plus you could put the old RAM into another computer (if you build a mid spec work rig at a later date) or sell it (it would be easier to sell then DDR3 if it doesn't work out).

For now though, DDR2 is triedm tested and cheap.
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I say DDR2

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