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DDR2 vs DDR3 Mobo, is 3 worth the money?

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I currently have a Abit x38 for my Q6600 and i'm thinking of building a second machine for gaming and using my current rig for folding. The EVGA or FXF 780i
boards look awesome with DDR2 and of course the price is decent. A friend has recommended i upgrade to a DDR3 board like the EVGA 790i Ultra. I have shopped for DDR3 memory and it's expensive compared to DDR2 800 or 1066. My question is, for a baller gaming PC is the upgrade to DDR3 really worth it? Can i not really come close to the DDR3 standards by oc'ng the hardware i can afford? (DDR2 i should say)
    
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lol @ FXF

as for your question, right now, no its not worth it. if you remember, DDR2 was just as expensive when it first came out. so in a year or two the prices should come down a lot, price drops have already begun.
Edited by Brythe - 7/9/08 at 2:55pm
    
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personally i dont think that dd3 is a worthwhile purchase. If you get some real nice DDR2 RAM (still cheaper than ddr3) you could prolly oc it to something 1200mhz...not that bad. So if i were you i would go for the 780i, mainly because i dont think RAM speed has that much performance impact on games and its way expensive. hope that helps a bit
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Having recently switched from DDR2 to DDR3, I can honestly say you are better off sticking with DDR2. When Nehalem is released, you should see significant performance advantages to DDR3 due to the integrated memory controller on die. So wait a little longer, then switch when you upgrade to Nehalem.
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Thanks, that's the reply i was looking for. Short, quick, and informative
    
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I went that route myself. went from DDR2 and an EVGA 780i board to DDR3 and an EVGA 790i board.

As you can see, I came back to DDR2....
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the performance difference between DDR2 and DDR3 is marginal..so no its not worth it.
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Yeah, from everything I've seen the increases in speed are so small and the cost gap is so large that DDR3 is currently a waste of time. When the Nehalem comes out, DDR3 will be the norm and the prices should drop drastically (and hopefully performance will also increase).
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