how much memory on a mother board?

i have a motherboard that says i can have up to 2 gigs of memory... does this mean i can have multiple 2 gig ram chips or just that i can only have 2 gigs all together.. please help and thank you:)


btw my motherboard is a p4m80-m4
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  1. 2 gigs altogether. I'm not sure anybody ever made any 184-pin DDR1 sticks with more than 1GB per stick anyway.
  2. MauveCloud said:
    2 gigs altogether. I'm not sure anybody ever made any 184-pin DDR1 sticks with more than 1GB per stick anyway.

    i was looking around for some ram chips and i found some that are 2x2g ram but they are for severs and looks like they wouldent work for my computer any way... what do you think i should to because i play games on my pc and i am looking for more ram.
  3. If you want to play modern games, I think you should build a new pc. That motherboard is at least 7 years old.
  4. MauveCloud said:
    If you want to play modern games, I think you should build a new pc. That motherboard is at least 7 years old.


    what about this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130662

    with this processor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113283

    money is tight for me.:(
  5. That motherboard takes DDR3 ram, so you'll need to buy some of that as well. Please provide full current system specs (if you've got other outdated components or a pre-built computer, you might need to replace more than just motherboard, cpu, and memory), budget, and maybe some examples of games you want to play on it.
  6. MauveCloud said:That motherboard takes DDR3 ram, so you'll need to buy some of that as well. Please provide full current system specs (if you've got other outdated components or a pre-built computer, you might need to replace more than just motherboard, cpu, and memory), budget, and maybe some examples of games you want to play on it.

    i am running on ubuntu 12.10
    processsor: intel pentium(r) 4 cpu 2.80 hz x2
    graphics: galium 0.4 on ati rv350
    memory: 2.0 Gib
    os type: 32-bit

    one game i really want to play is minecraft but when i play it on this computer i get 6-10 fps... i thought i could run it and thats the one game i would like to play
  7. Okay, I don't think it's your memory capacity holding you back, but rather your cpu and video card. They barely meet the minimum requirements listed here:
    http://www.minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Hardware_requirements
    Remember that in many cases, "minimum requirements" are enough to run the game and not have it crash. Getting a playable frame rate at lowest detail settings might take a fair amount more (especially if you're running at 1920x1080 or higher).
    The new motherboard and apu you linked look like they will get you to "Recommended", once you get some memory for it. Since you say you're on a super-tight budget, I suggest this one:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231395
  8. MauveCloud said:
    Okay, I don't think it's your memory capacity holding you back, but rather your cpu and video card. They barely meet the minimum requirements listed here:
    http://www.minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Hardware_requirements
    Remember that in many cases, "minimum requirements" are enough to run the game and not have it crash. Getting a playable frame rate at lowest detail settings might take a fair amount more (especially if you're running at 1920x1080 or higher).
    The new motherboard and apu you linked look like they will get you to "Recommended", once you get some memory for it. Since you say you're on a super-tight budget, I suggest this one:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231395


    thanks for the help:D and i going to build a new system i guess....what pc tower should i get to fit the mother board.. this is the last question i will ask then i will close the thread
  9. I thought you'd keep your existing case - the new board is microATX form factor, much like your old one, so it should fit into the same case. However, if you want a new case, here's one:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811233072
    You should also consider the other components that you haven't provided details of yet - power supply, drives, and peripherals. A power supply as old as the rest of your old computer might not be adequate for a more modern system, any hard drives or cd/dvd drives you have that are IDE instead of SATA won't be directly connectable to the new motherboard, and if your keyboard and mouse are both ps/2, you'll have a problem because the new motherboard only has 1 ps/2 port.
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