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Is DDR2 really ok for gaming?


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#1 metalupyourmax

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 11:14 AM

I am an intensive PC gamer, I play new and old titles, especially demanding games. I am sadly only running an ASUS M2N68 AM Plus motherboard that supports ddr2. I have 4gb of ddr2 ram installed. Is this enough for computer gaming nowadays or do I have to buy a new motherboard? Im not sure its worth it to buy a new motherboard so I can get DDR3 Ram. Here is the rest of my system specs.

 

Operating System
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
CPU
    AMD Phenom II X4 840    36 °C
    Propus 45nm Technology
RAM
    4.00GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 401MHz (6-6-6-18)
Motherboard
    ASUSTeK Computer INC. M2N68-AM Plus (AM2)    47 °C
Graphics
    Acer X223W (1680x1050@60Hz)
    2048MB ATI AMD Radeon HD 7800 Series (XFX Pine Group)    41 °C
Storage
    465GB Hitachi HDP725050GLA SCSI Disk Device (SATA)    35 °C
    931GB Seagate ST1000DM 003-1CH162 SCSI Disk Device (SATA)    31 °C
Optical Drives
    HL-DT-ST DVD-RAM GH22NP20 ATA Device
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Posted 29 June 2014 - 12:43 PM

Have you tried running some of your intensive PC games on your computer as-is?

Since you have a 64-bit, increasing the RAM can be considered



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Posted 29 June 2014 - 03:46 PM

Yes the games run fine for the most part but my computer is rather slow on startup and operation at times.



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Posted 29 June 2014 - 05:51 PM

Yes the games run fine for the most part but my computer is rather slow on startup and operation at times.

 

Hm, how many applications do you have running when your computer starts up? Are there any programs that you don't need to have open all the time?

 

You might want to look into increasing the size of your page file as well, but from what I can see so far, it looks like you've got plenty enough physical memory available, especially since your games run fine :)



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Posted 29 June 2014 - 06:26 PM

I did change my paging file properely a while back and saw no noticeable difference. I dont run anything other than Bitdefender for my antivirus at startup.



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Posted 29 June 2014 - 06:52 PM

I did change my paging file properely a while back and saw no noticeable difference. I dont run anything other than Bitdefender for my antivirus at startup.

 

Hmm, could be a service that's running which is slowing down your load times, or alternatively it's possible it might be a driver which is causing the delays (though is is more unlikely). I'd recommend having a check through what services are running on your computer to see if there are any non essential ones that you can switch off. Are you familiar with using the msconfig tool?



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Posted 30 June 2014 - 01:00 AM

According to me DDR 2 is still good. There is a little difference between DDR 2 and DDR 3. Speed is unnoticeable. The only difference is there prices that DDR2 is expensive than DDR 3.



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Posted 30 June 2014 - 07:23 AM

To determine your available physical memory, please go to System information and post the following information

Installed Physical Memory:

Total Physical Memory: 

Available Physical Memory:

I have friends who play quite a few games on their Windows 7 64-bit computers and the lowest installed RAM I've seen is 6GB

 

But then on your

4.00GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 401MHz (6-6-6-18)

Is 401 MHz the correct number?

The 6-6-6-18 could be your limiting factors also

 

Edit: Do you have a maintenance plan for best performance and internet security to make sure the computer is clean


Edited by cmptrgy, 30 June 2014 - 09:59 AM.


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Posted 30 June 2014 - 01:36 PM

Yes, I maintain my computer, internals and os wise. My drivers are up to date and all reinstalled recently. I have most unnecessary services disabled and im very familiar with msconfig, I only run my AV on startup.



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Posted 30 June 2014 - 01:48 PM

Excellent. Do you know what your available physical memory is?



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Posted 01 July 2014 - 03:27 PM

Here is what I got. http://gyazo.com/8f4d4e01034ca32cfc650d26900b6d5e



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Posted 01 July 2014 - 06:33 PM

Looking good. Can you check it out when you are playing 1 or 2 of your demanding games? 

It might be good to know what happens when you normally play the demanding games that you do

My brother plays Pogo games but those are not demanding games

--- He has Win7 32-bit 3 GB DDR2's at 667 MHz and doesn't experience any slowness

I do have friends who play very demanding games and they spend big bucks on what it takes to run them

--- I don't pay attention to what they run as I'm not a gamer but they certainly brag how they can run their demanding games



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Posted 28 July 2014 - 03:26 PM

What's the speed on those HDD´s?


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Posted 30 July 2014 - 05:52 AM

DDR2 boards are cheaper because they are older. i don't think I have seen a new board that supports DDR2 in a long time (since lga775 if i remember correctly). so yes you'll save some money on the motherboard, but you'll be getting older stuff.






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