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Gigabyte MA790X-UD3P/Phenom X4 9750

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Hi there!

I have a little extra this month and wanted to upgrade some the RAM of my PC.

The motherboard is a MA790X-UD3P and i took a look at the RAM support list on the Gigabyte's website and found this:

"Note: Due to AMD AM3/AM2+ CPU limitation, memory module DDR2 1066 or above speed is only supported by 1 dimm per channel."

(http://download.gigabyte.eu/FileList/Memory/mb_memory_ga-ma790x-ud3p.pdf) - RAM support list

I understand what this means however the CPU i am using is a Phenom X4 9750 2.4Ghz that uses an AM2+ Socket which means that I can only use:

2x 1GB (1066MHZ)
2x 2GB (" ")

However on the gigabyte site it reads for my motherboard:
Dual Channel DDR2 1333+ MHz
Delivering native support for DDR2 memory up to 1333MHz, GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 3 motherboards allow users to easily reach higher memory frequencies at lower voltages; achieving higher memory performance with lower power consumption to run even the most memory intensive applications such as high-definition video and 3D games with ease.
* DDR2 1333+ is supported with combination of AM3 processors and qualified memory modules, please refer "Memory Support List" for detail memory support information.

I am currently using 4Gigs of DDR2 ram running at 800Mhz, considering the price of 1066MHZ ram nowadays is it worth upgrading to 4 gigs of 1066MHZ?

I have also been looking at buying a Corsair H50 to replace the stock cooler on the Phenom 9750 and also buying a Corsair RAM cooler. Are these worthy upgrades? If not could anyone suggest a better course of action? I am just a bit curious to see where i can go from here!

Thanks for reading,
J
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Originally Posted by silverj2k7;11884142 
I am currently using 4Gigs of DDR2 ram running at 800Mhz, considering the price of 1066MHZ ram nowadays is it worth upgrading to 4 gigs of 1066MHZ?
This upgrade won't bring too much of a performance boost, maybe on average 3%. Some apps like archivers may have a 5%+ performance boost, but most won't notice.
Adding another 4GB to have 8GB may help. What it says there is that if you have more than 1 stick per channel it won't run DDR1066. So you can use a 2x2GB@1066, but 4x2GB will run max @800
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I have also been looking at buying a Corsair H50 to replace the stock cooler on the Phenom 9750 and also buying a Corsair RAM cooler. Are these worthy upgrades? If not could anyone suggest a better course of action? I am just a bit curious to see where i can go from here!

Thanks for reading,
J
The Corsair H50 is a good entry level water cooler; you could consider though something like a CM Hyper 212+ that will also be superior to the stock cooler. RAM coolers aren't useful in my opinion. If you have a case with decent airflow they really aren't needed. A more effective way to cool RAM imho would be to buy a silent 80mm fan and strap it above the RAM slots with some zip ties.

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People have been able to push even 1100Mhz on 4 DIMMs with AM3 CPUs (C2 or C3 revision); the problem usually becomes more apparent with higher DDR3 speeds and older revisions.
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Originally Posted by dragosmp;11884308 
This upgrade won't bring too much of a performance boost, maybe on average 3%. Some apps like archivers may have a 5%+ performance boost, but most won't notice.
Adding another 4GB to have 8GB may help. What it says there is that if you have more than 1 stick per channel it won't run DDR1066. So you can use a 2x2GB@1066, but 4x2GB will run max @800

The Corsair H50 is a good entry level water cooler; you could consider though something like a CM Hyper 212+ that will also be superior to the stock cooler. RAM coolers aren't useful in my opinion. If you have a case with decent airflow they really aren't needed. A more effective way to cool RAM imho would be to buy a silent 80mm fan and strap it above the RAM slots with some zip ties.

cheers

Thanks for the replies!

First off, I don't think i'll bother with the RAM upgrade for now, I actually have 2GB stick laying around that i took out a while back that still works fine however its a cheapy stick of ram but it works =/

I will take the CM Hyper 212+ into consideration, as it is quite a bit cheaper than the H50. In comparison which is better the CM Hyper 212+ or the H50? As the processor i am using it not a BE i won't be able to overclock the CPU tonnes therefore I am only looking for a better-than-average Heatsink, as it gets quite hot while gaming. I've been looking at a few different RAM coolers and you i suspected and as you have said, it won't make that much difference however my computer is kept next to a wall. A good choice for thermal paste would be Arctic Silver 5? The airflow of the Antec 900 is pretty good however given the price of this:
http://www.memoryc.com/products/description/OCZ_XTC_Memory_Airflow_Cooler_Rev-2/index.html

Did make me think twice. Also would it make a difference to get some decent quality ram instead of mixing 2 brands, having 2 sticks that are the same brand and have the heat plate thingies attached to them or just cheap non-plated ram? Taking into account the price of DDR2SD ram nowadays..


This is the ram I've taken a look at:
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/4gb-(2x2gb)-corsair-twinx-xms2-ddr2-pc2-6400-(800)-240-pins-non-ecc-unbufferedcas-5-5-5-18
Edited by silverj2k7 - 1/4/11 at 5:20am
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250GB+500GB Windows 7 Ultimate (64bit) 22" Logitech G15 
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