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XFX nForce 680i LT SLI Motherboard

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Laser Sharks

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I recently built my own PC and it was my first. I wasn't too expierienced with RAM when i bought all of my parts and now I feel like I kind of went too cheap on it. I would like to know how to find what RAM is best for my build as far as MHZ, dual channel etc. I am assuming dual channel is better but I dont know if it can handle it. I also heard it is better to split RAM instead of buying one big stick so say 2x 1024 is better than 1x 2048.

I currently have 1) Patriot Signature 2048MB PC5400 DDR2 667MHz Memory

I have the XFX nForce 680i LT SLI Motherboard and these are the stats:


Form Factor: ATX

Processor Interface: Socket 775

Processors Supported: Intel Pentium 4 LGA775
Intel Pentium D
Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core 2 Extreme, Intel Core 2 Quad

Additional Technologies: 64-bit
HyperThreading Technology
Vista Ready, Intel Quad Core Ready, SLI Ready

Front Side Bus: 1333MHz

Northbridge: NVIDIA nForce 680i LT SLI MCP

Number of Slots: 4

Number of Pins: 240-Pin

Maximum Memory Supported: 4GB - 32bit
8GB - 64bit

Memory Supported: 800MHz DDR2

Channels: 8 Channels

Audio Chipset: AC '97 CODEC

Supported Devices: 2

Hard Drive Types: ATA/100

USB Version: 2.0

USB Data Transfer Rates: 480Mbps

LAN Type: 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit

Port Type: RJ-45

PCI Slots: 2

PCI Express X1 Slots: 2

PCI Express X16 Slots: 2

PS/2 Keyboard Connectors: 1

PS/2 Mouse Connectors: 1

USB Ports: 8

USB Rear Panel Ports: 4

USB Onboard Headers: 2 - (expandable to 4 USB ports)

FireWire Ports: 1 - 1394a

LAN Ports: 1

Audio Out Jacks: 1

Line In Jacks: 1

Microphone Jacks: 1

Center Audio Jacks: 1

Subwoofer Audio Out Jacks: 1

CD-In Headers: 1

IDE Headers: 1

FDD Headers: 1

Serial ATA Headers: 6

ATX Power Connectors: 1 24-Pin Connector

PC Power Connectors: 1 - 8 Pin

Fan Connectors: 1 x Power
1 x CPU
1 x Chassis

S/PDIF Connectors: 1 - Optical

Length: 12.000 in. (30.48 cm)

Width: 9.600 in. (24.5 cm)

Other parts of my PC include

OCZ 600W Stealth Xtreme Power Supply

Intel Pentium Dual Core E2200 2.2Ghz 1MB 800Mhz

XFX GeForce 9600 GT XXX Alpha Dog Ed. 512MB PCIe

Please let me know any information you have as well as any suggestions.

Thank you in advance,

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Hi there,

I would think that a CPU upgrade would give better performance than a RAM upgrade right now.

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Laser Sharks

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I was actually just thinking that last night. I just took a 2 year old computer off someone's hands last night who thought it couldnt be fixed. I got it running and when I was checking out the specs I noticed his CPU was 2.8 GHz each core and his is a few years old! I will start shopping for something closer to 3.0. Thank you I appreciate the response!
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