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Is my DDR2 RAM slowing my sig rig down for gaming? Should I purchase DDR3 and will there be a noticeable difference with DDR3 as opposed to DDR2 in gaming?

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DDR3 is faster for sure, but you're much better off replacing that 9800 for a gaming upgrade smile.gif
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No, it's not slowing you down. Buy a better GPU.
    
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I agree with Aeschylus
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I agree. I plan on getting a HD6950 and unlocking it to HD6970 shaders, so in that case would DDR2 still slow my sig rig down for gaming? Or would it not be an issue whatsoever?

Edit: Ah, OK thanks for the quick replies!

I think I understand the importance of GPUs when it comes to gaming.. it seems to handles all of the memory while gaming from the GPU itself anyways.

Is the GPU memory still being used while accessing files on the desktop in Windows 7? Or only while gaming? And if so, then what is the purpose of motherboard memory, if not for gaming?

Those are my very nooby questions for today lol. Learning lots here!
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id say, get a GTX 460 atleast, you can get a "good" one, for like 200 bucks. i have gtc 460 slied, and its awesome, mine were 200 a pop, and they are the 1 gig versions, gigabyte super clocked, which i oced even more with no problems,


http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125333&cm_re=gtx460-_-14-125-333-_-Product
   
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I think you're fine. If you get the 6950 and are still unhappy, come back and repost. I just got mine two days ago and I must say. Pretty gorgeous. thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by revlimiter;13133701 
I think I understand the importance of GPUs when it comes to gaming.. it seems to handles all of the memory while gaming from the GPU itself anyways.

Is the GPU memory still being used while accessing files on the desktop in Windows 7? Or only while gaming? What is the purpose of motherboard memory, if not for gaming?

Hah, that is a whole new can of worms right there. In short, your vram on the graphics card is more for frame rendering buffer and things like that. You are most certainly using your motherboard ram when gaming.

Your MB uses ram like a really fast hard drive. Stuff it uses a lot gets put there to make your system faster. In a nuthsell.
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Originally Posted by ggoodd;13133712 
id say, get a GTX 460 atleast, you can get a "good" one, for like 200 bucks. i have gtc 460 slied, and its awesome, mine were 200 a pop, and they are the 1 gig versions, gigabyte super clocked, which i oced even more with no problems,


http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125333&cm_re=gtx460-_-14-125-333-_-Product

$200 isn't bad, but I can pick up a HD6950 2GB for $274 with tax and shipping included. I think that as far as bang for buck goes, the HD6950 2GB is the best on the market right now due to the software unlock. The core clock on them can also be OC'd to 1000MHz.
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