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OldTex

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Hi;
I am upgrading my system to give me more SATA connectors on the MB. My old system has been working fine, I just wanted to clean up my case some by removing the add on cards for the extra SATA connections. And I wanted to use my Ultra X-Wind cpu cooler that would not fit my current board. I have already bought the ASUS P5Q board. I think that the new Intel P5 2.8 will be a nice improvement over my P5 2.13 DC. I am running 4 gb of ram even tho XP 32 bit only sees about 3 gb. I mainly watch videos and use Pinnacle Studio 12 for converting my VHS library to DVD, and converting some music LP into digital mp3. So will the ram give me any improvement over the 667 DDR2 that I have now and which of the 2 listed would be best? Thanks Randy

ASUS P5Q MB

$129.99

http://www.tigerdire...e...&CatId=1572


Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Processor

$119.99

http://www.tigerdire...e...97&csid=_25


Ram

$32.99

Corsair Dual Channel TWINX 2048MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz

http://www.tigerdire...e...74&csid=_25

Or

$51.99

Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X 4096MB PC8500 Memory - DDR2 1066MHz

http://www.tigerdire...e...&CatId=2261


Ultra X-Wind Socket 775 Copper CPU Cooling Fan


http://www.tigerdire...e...06&csid=_25
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Troy

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I'd probably go with the DDR2 800MHz RAM, and would also suggest just to use the retail heatsink/fan that comes with the E7400.

I'm not a fan of Ultra products at all... :)
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Hi; thanks that sounds good to me. A friend had a hard time installing the X-Wind on his system. Thanks again for the help. Randy
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Actually I wouldn't even bother with the RAM, the P5Q supports DDR2 667MHz and for your uses you'd probably wouldn't notice the difference between it and 800MHz or even 1066MHz. Just keep the 4GB you currently have. :)
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Hi; Thanks for all of the good info! Randy
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Good suggestion troy , No need to get what is not needed...

long as the processor can handle the RAM and you dont create a " Bottle Necked " type of system ... You will be happy and you will have spent your dollar wisely :)

Best of luck
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Anthony19

BTW: i only have 2GB RAM lol , Runs xp sp3 very well

Quote: " I am running 4 gb of ram even tho XP 32 bit only sees about 3 gb "

Refer: http://www.tigerdire...e...&CatId=1572
When installing total memory of 4GB capacity or more, Windows® 32-bit operation system may only recognize less than 3GB. Hence, a total installed memory of less than 3GB is recommended

Edited by Anthony19, 21 May 2009 - 07:24 AM.

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Installing 4GB is fine and shouldn't not be recommended, you'll be able to use as much as the 32-bit OS can see.

If ever the user upgraded to a 64-bit OS, then it'd be all usable and ready to go.
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Troy Is correct...

In laymen terms , The More RAM... the Better :)

Best of luck
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Anthony19

Please note: I only run 2GB RAM , because that is the highest amount of RAM that is supported :)

Edited by Anthony19, 25 May 2009 - 09:28 PM.

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Anthony, what are you talking about? The highest amount of RAM supported?

Your post is more confusing than constructive. And layman's terms is all good, but a strong part of the forums is also education. So while more is better, it's only to a certain extent. Everybody will get to the point somewhere where adding more RAM will make no noticeable difference in terms of performance. I have 2GB in my home system, and I don't use it all, so upgrading to 4GB wouldn't help me out much at all.

Perhaps consider what you are writing and whether it's constructive to the thread, or just further useless information.

Troy
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