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Offline Tatoosh  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, November 3, 2015 4:21:08 AM(UTC)
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I popped for a spare motherboard that will be winging its way from the States. It can take either DDR2 or DDR3 ram. Now, I know that DDR3 is newer and likely better, but ...

DDR2 = 8 meg maximum in 4 slots

DDR3 = 4 meg maximum in 2 slots

So is 4 meg of DDR3 better than 8 meg of DDR2? Should I start hunting a good source of DDR3 in the Philippines or just think about upping my current 4 gig (in 2 slots) to 8 gig (using all 4 slots) if the MoBo proves out?

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#2 Posted : Tuesday, November 3, 2015 7:38:55 AM(UTC)
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See if you can stick with what you got, may be cheaper for you in the long run.
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#3 Posted : Tuesday, November 3, 2015 12:14:48 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Tatoosh Go to Quoted Post
I popped for a spare motherboard that will be winging its way from the States. It can take either DDR2 or DDR3 ram. Now, I know that DDR3 is newer and likely better, but ...

DDR2 = 8 meg maximum in 4 slots

DDR3 = 4 meg maximum in 2 slots

So is 4 meg of DDR3 better than 8 meg of DDR2? Should I start hunting a good source of DDR3 in the Philippines or just think about upping my current 4 gig (in 2 slots) to 8 gig (using all 4 slots) if the MoBo proves out?

Hmmm... are these maximums based on your budget? or something else?

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#4 Posted : Tuesday, November 3, 2015 12:26:41 PM(UTC)
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It appears he thinks these are the board capabilities...
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#5 Posted : Thursday, November 5, 2015 5:06:51 PM(UTC)
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Yes, this is the board's limits, they have 4 slots for DDR2 and 2 slots for DDR3. I will probably fill it with 4 gig of DDR2 since that is cheaper. But is DDR3 substantially better? Or would, if I got all excited and sold an excess of bacon, would the 8 gigs of DDR2 be a better way to go performance wise?

Cheap Ram Solution = 4 gig DDR2

Better Ram Solution = 4 gig DDR3 ???

Best Ram Solution = 8 gig DDR2 ???

The theory, and I must admit it is seems to be more theoretical every time I check my wallet, is that my system will have a 250 gig SSD for the Operating System, a 2 gig GTX 660 ti GPU, and running Windows 7 pro 64 bit. A 300 gig HDD will hold data. No sound card expected.

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#6 Posted : Thursday, November 5, 2015 7:45:53 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Tatoosh Go to Quoted Post
Yes, this is the board's limits, they have 4 slots for DDR2 and 2 slots for DDR3. I will probably fill it with 4 gig of DDR2 since that is cheaper. But is DDR3 substantially better? Or would, if I got all excited and sold an excess of bacon, would the 8 gigs of DDR2 be a better way to go performance wise?

Cheap Ram Solution = 4 gig DDR2

Better Ram Solution = 4 gig DDR3 ???

Best Ram Solution = 8 gig DDR2 ???

The theory, and I must admit it is seems to be more theoretical every time I check my wallet, is that my system will have a 250 gig SSD for the Operating System, a 2 gig GTX 660 ti GPU, and running Windows 7 pro 64 bit. A 300 gig HDD will hold data. No sound card expected.

Read this :P http://www.crucial.com/u...memory-ddr2-ddr3-compare May help xD

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#7 Posted : Thursday, November 5, 2015 11:17:22 PM(UTC)
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a motherboard that takes either? what model is it?

DDR3 is much better.... the problem is that the board must be old to take either. I would keep it as low cost as possible and save up

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a motherboard that takes either? what model is it?

DDR3 is much better.... the problem is that the board must be old to take either. I would keep it as low cost as possible and save up

The newer stuff is always better, duh :P

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#9 Posted : Friday, November 6, 2015 1:10:07 AM(UTC)
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Thank you very much for the link to Crucial's discussion of DDR2 versus DDR3. So it is obvious that DDR3 is much better. It does not address the difference in amounts though. And you see that as a growing requirement for games, with minimums set at 2 gig for many games, while 4 gig is recommended and I've even seen 8 gig as the target for best experience.

When discussing my ancient system, increasing ram was one of the first suggestions. So more is better, newer is better but between more and newer .. ? But it is really a bit of moot point. This is the cheap side of the road, the far side of tracks. It will very likely be 4 gig of DDR2 because that will work and that is cheaper. But if I found some cheap DDR3 used and it tested good, I will pop for it.

The MoBo in question is older, but better than any I have currently which do not offer even a whiff of the DDR3. It is a GIGABYTE GA-P35C-DS3R CORE 2 DUO 2.66GHZ and may be seen HERE

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#10 Posted : Friday, November 6, 2015 7:38:38 AM(UTC)
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DDR3 is better, I wish you the best of luck on your new build though!
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