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I was reading a few articles about RAM and I was suprised by my findings. Most and I mean 4 out of 5 articles were stating that (backing their say so with benchmarks) DDR3 RAM isn't much faster than DDR2 RAM if any at all. One article claimed that DDR3 allows more bandwidth and power but we don't even use DDR2's full capacity so it would only make sense not to purchase the DDR3 that is 2x the price amount of DDR2 if we don't even take on the full capabilities of DDR2.

It's only common sense to know that DDR3 is not backwards compatible with DDR2, so one of my questions is do you guys think it's a marketing thing? Is the market trying to say "get DDR3 it's faster!" and making it so that you can only use DDR3 in the newer high end mobos, that way they force the majority of computer nerds to pay the high prices?

Anyways my main question here was this; I plan on buying the 890fxa-ud5 mobo which requires DDR3. So which RAM should I purchase for this board that will be cost effective yet provide the best quality. Lookin for quantity of quality when it comes to RAM. Damn expensive $H!#!!!

Should I go with the smallest of 1066, the highest of 2000 or all in between?!?!

Also, does the Phenom II 1055T 6 core processor only support motherboards with DDR3 or are their DDR2 boards out there with the AM3 socket?
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There are board that support am3 and ddr2.

How much ram are you looking at and whats your budget?
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In a pinch, get RAM with lowest voltage and highest speeds, you can afford, if you intend to overclock!
 
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I'm lookin for ATLEAST 4 gigs and upwards of 8 or more whatever the board supports. I'm lookin to spend no more than 200 on RAM in itself 200 is even then a little too much (before tax)

Thanks for the heads up on the speed and voltage. I always try to find the fastest speed with the least voltage as well as low latency. It's just a matter of figuring out whether I go with DDR3 or DDR2 when purchasing the mobo and processor.
Edited by schneider5 - 6/7/10 at 8:57pm
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And how much on board/1055t?

Also are you in the US?
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the asus m4a78t is a ddr2 board. careful as the lettering changes which makes it ddr3 (i have a m4a78t-e) i would get a 890 series board tho imo.
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He just said he was looking for 8+ gb of ddr2.. that doesnt fit either requirement..
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His first post said that he was looking at buying a 890fxa-ud5 board which would be an AM3 board. In his second post he said that he was looking at 4G up to 8G of ram. That's why I posted the link to 4G of Super Talent. 8G would be slightly over $200 if they combined shipping. I would think that 4G would be enough to get going on a budget and he could always add 4 more later.

schneider5?

Super Talent is high quality ram and OC's well.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-108-_-Product

8gb ddr2 - 184$ shipped

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130265

msi 90$ am3 motherboard
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