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April 1, 2014 10:24:15 PM

Hi,

I have a GB P5Q3 mobo which I have been using for a while for Video Editing and it has fine but I would like it to render etc faster.

I use XP Pro SP3 and I have 4GB RAM in it and would like to know if I could update it to 16GB.

My Graphics card is a GB HD4850

My specs are below..

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name VIDEO
System Manufacturer System manufacturer
System Model System Product Name
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10 GenuineIntel ~2700 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date American Megatrends Inc. 0609, 8/01/2009
SMBIOS Version 2.5
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume5
Locale Australia
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2111)"
User Name VIDEO\David
Time Zone Pacific Daylight Time
Total Physical Memory 4,096.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 2.24 GB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.90 GB
Page File Space 5.09 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys

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Resource Device Status
0xA0000-0xBFFFF PCI bus OK
0xA0000-0xBFFFF Intel(R) 4 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port - 2E21 OK
0xA0000-0xBFFFF ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series OK
0xD0000-0xDFFFF PCI bus OK
0xCFF00000-0xFFFFFFFF PCI bus OK
0xCFF00000-0xFFFFFFFF Motherboard resources OK
0xFE800000-0xFE8FFFFF Intel(R) 4 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port - 2E21 OK
0xD0000000-0xDFFFFFFF Intel(R) 4 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port - 2E21 OK
0xD0000000-0xDFFFFFFF ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series OK
0xFE8E0000-0xFE8EFFFF ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series OK
0xFE8FC000-0xFE8FFFFF Microsoft UAA Bus Driver for High Definition Audio OK
0xFE7FFC00-0xFE7FFFFF Intel(R) ICH10 Family USB Enhanced Host Controller - 3A3C OK
0xFE7F8000-0xFE7FBFFF Microsoft UAA Bus Driver for High Definition Audio OK
0xFDF00000-0xFDFFFFFF Intel(R) ICH10 Family PCI Express Root Port 1 - 3A40 OK
0xFEA00000-0xFEAFFFFF Intel(R) ICH10 Family PCI Express Root Port 5 - 3A48 OK
0xFEAFE000-0xFEAFFFFF JMicron JMB36X Controller OK
0xFE900000-0xFE9FFFFF Intel(R) ICH10 Family PCI Express Root Port 6 - 3A4A OK
0xFDE00000-0xFDEFFFFF Intel(R) ICH10 Family PCI Express Root Port 6 - 3A4A OK
0xFE9FF000-0xFE9FFFFF Realtek RTL8168C(P)/8111C(P) PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC OK
0xFDEF0000-0xFDEFFFFF Realtek RTL8168C(P)/8111C(P) PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC OK
0xFE7FF800-0xFE7FFBFF Intel(R) ICH10 Family USB Enhanced Host Controller - 3A3A OK
0xFEBFF800-0xFEBFFFFF Texas Instruments OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller OK
0xFEBF8000-0xFEBFBFFF Texas Instruments OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller OK
0xFEBFF000-0xFEBFF7FF VIA OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller OK
0xFED08000-0xFED08FFF Motherboard resources OK
0xFED1C000-0xFED1FFFF Motherboard resources OK
0xFED20000-0xFED3FFFF Motherboard resources OK
0xFED50000-0xFED8FFFF Motherboard resources OK
0xFED00000-0xFED003FF High precision event timer OK
0xFFB00000-0xFFBFFFFF Intel(R) 82802 Firmware Hub Device OK
0xFFF00000-0xFFFFFFFF Intel(R) 82802 Firmware Hub Device OK
0xFFC00000-0xFFEFFFFF Motherboard resources OK
0xFEC00000-0xFEC00FFF Motherboard resources OK
0xFEE00000-0xFEE00FFF Motherboard resources OK
0xFE7FF400-0xFE7FF4FF Intel(R) ICH10 Family SMBus Controller - 3A30 OK
0xFED14000-0xFED19FFF System board OK
0xE0000000-0xEFFFFFFF Motherboard resources OK
0x0000-0x9FFFF System board OK
0xC0000-0xCFFFF System board OK
0xE0000-0xFFFFF System board OK
0x100000-0xCFEFFFFF System board OK

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Item Value
Name ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series
PNP Device ID PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9442&SUBSYS_21B41458&REV_00\4&399D3C6A&0&0008
Adapter Type AMD Radeon Graphics Processor (0x9442), Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. compatible
Adapter Description ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series
Adapter RAM 1.00 GB (1,073,741,824 bytes)
Installed Drivers ati2dvag.dll
Driver Version 6.14.10.7267
INF File oem16.inf (ati2mtag_R7X section)
Color Planes 1
Color Table Entries 4294967296
Resolution 1024 x 768 x 60 hertz
Bits/Pixel 32
Memory Address 0xD0000000-0xDFFFFFFF
Memory Address 0xFE8E0000-0xFE8EFFFF
I/O Port 0x0000B000-0x0000BFFF
IRQ Channel IRQ 16
I/O Port 0x000003B0-0x000003BB
I/O Port 0x000003C0-0x000003DF
Memory Address 0xA0000-0xBFFFF
Driver c:\windows\system32\drivers\ati2mtag.sys (6.14.10.7267, 7.51 MB (7,874,560 bytes), 3/07/2008 11:33 PM)

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I have the full System info from XP id needed.

Thanks

oz

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a c 2286 } Memory
April 1, 2014 10:50:00 PM

It's the P45 chipset so yes, can run 4x4GB on it, (and the P5Q3 is an Asus mobo, not GB ;)  )
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April 1, 2014 10:52:49 PM

unless your running a 64bit version of xp you are limited to about 3.5gb of ram.the 32 bit version wont see any more than that.that having been said windows 7 64bit would be something to think about because,as you know,support is done this april for xp. but even a 64bit version of xp (which is buggy and hard to find drivers for) will still be limited by your hardware,ie processor.my advice is to go to windows 7 64bit and 8gb of ram.
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April 2, 2014 2:30:07 AM

Many thanks for the replies.

I am using XP SP3 32 so it looks like I am unable to upgrade my RAM as I already have 4GB. Shame as i love XP and all my programs work on it well. Still, I guess we all have to move on upward as they say !! :-)

I will look at Win7 64bit and 8 GB RAM

I assume you suggest that for the machine I have listed the specs for.

Yes, I'm sorry but it is an Asus mobo not Gigabyte as I said.

Thanks again

oz
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a b } Memory
April 2, 2014 9:20:54 AM

yes my suggestion is for the machine listed.i think you will be pleasantly surprised with win7,i know i was and i was a hardcore xp guy.with a 64 bit version of win7 you will be able to max out your ram at 18gb,but i think 8 is all you really need.
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a c 2286 } Memory
April 2, 2014 2:53:04 PM

Different versions of Win64 have different limits, but none are at 18GB

win7 64 Home Basic is 8GB, Home Premium 16GB, then Pro, Enterprise and Ultimate all max at 192 GB
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April 2, 2014 4:54:10 PM

Thanks Tradesman1.
Strangely enough I read that post at 16Gb anyway..
I am thinking of getting Win7 Pro with that same machine which CPU-Z shows it can use 64bit..
Instructions sets MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, EM64T, VT-x
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I have 2 sticks of 2Gb in it at the moment but want to get it up to 16Gb. If I got 2 sticks of 8 would that work, even if I kept the current 4Gb in?
Thanks again
oz

Added edit: Also see that there are 2 ram types 1600 and 1866. How do I check which I should get please?
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a c 2286 } Memory
April 2, 2014 5:17:37 PM

Your mobo is a P45, so for 16GB will want a 4x4GB set (chipset doesn't support 8GB sticks), I'd go 1600 sticks
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April 2, 2014 7:41:30 PM

+1 on that.
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April 6, 2014 3:25:21 PM

Thank you guys for the always great help..

Out today to go with the 4 x 4GB DDR3 and Win7 64bit. Got a good price on Kingston 4GBx4 1600 kit.

Have also decided on a SSD drive to place this win7 on.
I have also got good price on a Kingston Hyper X SSD 120GB so will go for that I think.

I will put my video editing and multi track audio progs on the ssd so that should give me a better performance that my XP Pro, 500GB HD, 4GB RAM.

oz

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a c 2286 } Memory
April 6, 2014 3:38:43 PM

Have fun ;) 
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