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I am buying a new set of proc, mobo and ram.
I am getting phenom II 945. Now about the motherboard and ram, should I absolutely go for DDR3? I am a bit low on cash.
What are the downsides to go for ddr2 instead of ddr3.
I can either get a good ddr3 motherboard with 1 pci-e slot or a ddr2 motherboard with 2 pci-e slots. I'm trying to get a ddr3 motherboard with 2 pcie slots but its kind of pricey.
Also DDR2 ram much cheaper than DDR3 ram.

I will be using a 4850X2 for atleast 2-3 years. So what do you think, should I still get 2 pci-e slots?
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Originally Posted by lurkingdevil View Post
I am buying a new set of proc, mobo and ram.
I am getting phenom II 945. Now about the motherboard and ram, should I absolutely go for DDR3? I am a bit low on cash.
What are the downsides to go for ddr2 instead of ddr3.
I can either get a good ddr3 motherboard with 1 pci-e slot or a ddr2 motherboard with 2 pci-e slots. I'm trying to get a ddr3 motherboard with 2 pcie slots but its kind of pricey.
Also DDR2 ram much cheaper than DDR3 ram.

I will be using a 4850X2 for atleast 2-3 years. So what do you think, should I still get 2 pci-e slots?
absolutely go for DDR3 , you will be good with that 4850x2 I think and my opinion is that RAM is the greatest bottleneck in PC architecture, and you are good on graphics, and when time comes just buy decent GPU ..
Edited by prophetd7 - 6/11/10 at 3:05am
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post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by lurkingdevil View Post
I am buying a new set of proc, mobo and ram.
I am getting phenom II 945. Now about the motherboard and ram, should I absolutely go for DDR3? I am a bit low on cash.
What are the downsides to go for ddr2 instead of ddr3.
I can either get a good ddr3 motherboard with 1 pci-e slot or a ddr2 motherboard with 2 pci-e slots. I'm trying to get a ddr3 motherboard with 2 pcie slots but its kind of pricey.
Also DDR2 ram much cheaper than DDR3 ram.

I will be using a 4850X2 for atleast 2-3 years. So what do you think, should I still get 2 pci-e slots?
sure. go for two pci-e slots. an option is better to not have it in the future you could run quadfire with two 4850x2

low budget? i will reccomend an asrock 870 extreme3. SATA III, USB 3.0 good overclocking with lots of BIOS options, dual 8x pci-e mode when two pci-e slots are used. awsome layout + debug led display and pwr rst and clr cmos at i/o. it is like a perfect motherboard
i'm sure you can spend 100$ for it.
Edited by prznar1 - 6/11/10 at 4:54am
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sure. go for two pci-e slots. an option is better to not have it in the future you could run quadfire with two 4850x2

low budget? i will reccomend an asrock 870 extreme3. SATA III, USB 3.0 good overclocking with lots of BIOS options, dual 8x pci-e mode when two pci-e slots are used. awsome layout + debug led display and pwr rst and clr cmos at i/o. it is like a perfect motherboard
i'm sure you can spend 100$ for it.
Ahh but if only I can find much asrock where I live..

I'm currently looking at some msi motherboards.
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Ahh but if only I can find much asrock where I live..

I'm currently looking at some msi motherboards.
best way to see official distribution channels on asrock site.
http://www.asrock.com/general/buy.asp?cat=Asia#India

ask them about ETA to india
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Dude, DDR3 is cheaper or the same price as DDR2 these days. Of course you should go for it! Get some g.skill ripjaws.
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I have 2x2 gb of corsair xms2 ddr2 ram lying around. Its about 1.5 years old but its BNIB. I could save on that. DDR3 is pricey too, how about getting 2gb ddr3 instead of 4? Would I notice a big difference?
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I have 2x2 gb of corsair xms2 ddr2 ram lying around. Its about 1.5 years old but its BNIB. I could save on that. DDR3 is pricey too, how about getting 2gb ddr3 instead of 4? Would I notice a big difference?
You could still run most things just fine with a single 2GB stick, just don't run too many programs at once. It also depends on what you do with the system.

And the difference between good DDR2 and average DDR3 is tiny. However, DDR3 is the future.
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You could still run most things just fine with a single 2GB stick, just don't run too many programs at once. It also depends on what you do with the system.

And the difference between good DDR2 and average DDR3 is tiny. However, DDR3 is the future.
Just gaming and casual/amateur designing and programming. Maybe I could get 2gb now and get another 2 down the line when it gets cheaper and I collect more monies?
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2 gb will run fine,just minimize your processes....open them when you need them.
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