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Finding Ram For A New Build


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#1 trumpwm

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 11:26 PM

I am working on building a computer from scratch and have bought a mid size tower with a 500w power supply. and have the floppy drive for it.
I am looking at using a Asus m3a atx motherboard and a AMD Athlon 64x2 6400+ cpu. with the xfx geoforce 8500 gt video card
Now comes the hard part . It say's you can use dual channel ddr2 memory but on tiger direct the memory is all different .
I see terms like pc 3200 and pc 4200, and what about the latency thing .
If I could get some advice on what memory to buy I would appreciate it very much.

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 12:08 AM

According to your motherboards specs, it takes DDR2 1066 memory, which is also known as PC2 8500.
It will accept a maximum of 8GB.

Our tutorial, should answer most of your questions about RAM:
Understanding, Identifying and Upgrading the RAM in your PC
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Edited by tg1911, 17 March 2008 - 12:14 AM.

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 12:18 AM

Thank you for the help.
I will read the tutorial , I had been reading all the past building and upgrading posts hoping to find the answer.
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Posted 17 March 2008 - 01:49 AM

Best bang for the buck would be to go for some DDR2 6400 (800mhz). Your motherboard supports up to 1033mhz ram but most people will run ddr2 800mhz cuz its best bang for the buck. The timings or latency are important if you plan to overclock your processor but if your not doing that then its not going to make much of a difference.

This is the ram i just bought and its latency 5-5-5-15 which is average.
G Skill 6400

The better latency for ddr2 is 4-4-4-12 and lower but will cost you more money

by the way PC3200 is DDR not DDR2 and you motherboard wont be able to use DDR cuz DDR is older RAM

Edited by Lucky23, 17 March 2008 - 01:50 AM.

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