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Trying to expand the life of my Q6600 but can it use ddr3?

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April 19, 2013 3:52:38 AM

Hi there. Ive recently had a hiccup over last week, and I need a small solution to make do until I can afford to build a stronger rig.

I'm using the P5n-e sli mobo with the Q6600, and unfortunately one night when i tried my pc it wouldnt boot. I eventually got it to work, but only when it has two sticks of 2Gb in it. Previously I was running 6Gb of DDr2 800. Unfortunately now with only 4gb, projects which demanded 6Gig crash on me, eating up the ram to it's maximum. My only solution is to upgrade the board, as the P5n-e sli is just a no go with more than 4 gig.

The problem is 4dimm DDR2 775 socket boards are nowhere to be found. Meaning im looking at a Matx board which support 8gig (2x4). I found this mobo:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asrock-G41M-VS3-Micro-ATX-Mothe...

And this Ram:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kingston-HyperX-1333MHz-Memory-...

However even though the board supports DDr3, does it mean it must run it OC at 1333 to use the 8GB? I dont mind it running at 1066 if it down grades, because it'll still be better than what I have now. Right now i just need something usable and stable, but dont want to waste £90 on an upgrade which is useless if it's not compatible together. Ive looked for 4x2GB 1066 but it's not available. And there's no point running 2x2Gb because that's exactly what I have now.

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated because ive never experienced any mixing old CPU's with newer ram. Ive been running this PC for a good while, about 5 years and would like it to hang on until late 2013/2014 for a 2K machine.

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April 19, 2013 4:01:05 AM

The performance difference between DDR2 and DDR3 does not worth the new mobo if you are still using Q6600.
This kind of upgrade will bring you nowhere.
You will have to ditch your planned DDR3 LGA775 mobo in the end. I do not see any reason why you should buy such mobo. It will be simply a waste of money.
I would suggest that you simply find any 2x2GB DDR2 as second handed in ebay and combine it with your current 2x2GB RAM (8GB in total). This is the cheapest path I can think of.

Edit:
I replaced my Q6600, 6GB DDR2 1000, ASUS P5E X38 and Crucial m4 128GB last week.
I sold the all in ebay and managed to get something about €250.
My current rig can be found on my signature :) 

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April 19, 2013 4:05:48 AM

guanyu210379 said:
The performance difference between DDR2 and DDR3 does not worth the new mobo if you are still using Q6600.
This kind of upgrade will bring you nowhere.
You will have to ditch your planned DDR3 LGA775 mobo in the end. I do not see any reason why you should buy such mobo. It will be simply a waste of money.
I would suggest that you simply find any 2x2GB DDR2 as second handed in ebay and combine it with your current 2x2GB RAM (8GB in total). This is the cheapest path I can think of.


You mean find another 4Dimm DDr2 board on ebay? Remember I cant add more than 2x2Gig in my current board. It's just not going, it freezes as soon as I boot it.
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April 19, 2013 4:36:42 AM

That mobo has 4 DDR2 slots which means 4x2 GB will fit.
The thing is, make sure first if your DDR2 slots are in a good shape.
Having problems and get it running again after you pulled up 1x2GB does not proof 100% that your mobo is broken.
Have you tried like reset the CMOS, clean the slot, changing the slots, etc. etc.
Sometimes it makes problem just because it is dirty or something.

I meant in my previous post is that you should get only the RAM not the mobo.

If you have really to buy a new mobo and a DDR3 set...you might as well buy a new proc...there is no sense to buy mobo and RAM but keeping your old proc....and for the new system you need new proc, mobo and RAM...see...only the proc left to replace if you planned already to replace mobo and RAM...

From my point of view it is even worth considering to get i5 3570k or i7 3770k, a new mobo and 2x4GB DDR3 1600 RAM... and you have a new tip top system. You can keep the rest of the components such as PSU, HDD, etc.

edit: FX6300 or FX8350 for AMD

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April 19, 2013 4:51:37 AM

I absolutely agree with you, and actually planned to possibly do that, and just go for the 3770K and new mobo. It's a hard decision. I'll be trying more things tonight when I get back home. Ive cleaned it out, reset the cmos and tried the ram in another pc, which runs fine. Im going to have to make a video and post it on here. Just to see if i can get to the bottom of this.

Thanks again for all your help, I appreciate you getting back to me quickly.

[edit]
After a quick thought of what guanyu210379 said, ive put in an extra £200 and upgraded my cpu/ram/mobo and will sell what I have on ebay.

So it will be a i5 3570. Corsair 16Gb 1600, yadda yadda. Will keep my work going until I can do the 6 core enthusiast next year.
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April 19, 2013 11:04:00 AM

Yup...you did the right thing :) 
I hope you get good prices for your old stuffs :) 
ah..the 3570...I recommend to pick the one with k, the k means open multiplier a.k.a. you will have more freedom to OC in the future.
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April 19, 2013 2:56:18 PM

guanyu210379 said:
Yup...you did the right thing :) 
I hope you get good prices for your old stuffs :) 
ah..the 3570...I recommend to pick the one with k, the k means open multiplier a.k.a. you will have more freedom to OC in the future.


Yeah, got the K. :D 
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