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August 6, 2006 7:17:23 PM

Well, the long and the short of it is, after a lot of painful searching, research (apparantly), and trying to get everything perfect, I ordered my new PC. The core 3 items around it are:

An E6600, Gigabyte P965 DQ6 and 2x1GB Corsair DDR2 Value Select PC5300 Dual Channel Kit with CL3. Not only do I intend to do everyday work with this machine but intend also to hammer the heck out of it, playing new games and doing DVD encoding or something, just because I now can.

My big problem is the memory, which may or may not be supported by the board. Furthermore, I get this horrible feeling that although Anandtech shows this memory running at (2:3) - 800 DDR2, 4-3-3-8 @ 2.2V. That I may have made a big mistake not going for something like the XMS2-6400 CL4.

What I really need to know is, from the memory people (who I should have asked first), when all my bits arrive in the post tomorow, should I be sending the memory back as soon as possible? How much of a performance hit do you get from using cheaper 667MHz memory? Will I even notice the difference? How could I tell if the memory was such a bottleneck? Many reports in the CPU forum have indicated that DDR2 memory at higher speeds do not make much of a difference with Conroe.

Adding to all this, I'm hardly an extreme gamer, 30FPS is high and completely smooth to me. And I have been used to a P4 1.6GHz now for 4 years. Even though this is going to be a huge leap, I dont want to have wounded the PC before it even gets going.

Am I just an unlucky fool who didn't do her research properly? Or has blind luck meant I will be completely happy with the build? If I try it and see, how can I find out if the memory is a bottleneck? Any help and advice (no flames) would be really well appreciated. Worst comes to the worst, my budget can stretch about another £50 on memory or so if I go without food for a week.

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August 6, 2006 9:55:11 PM

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Well, the long and the short of it is, after a lot of painful searching, research (apparantly), and trying to get everything perfect, I ordered my new PC. The core 3 items around it are:

An E6600, Gigabyte P965 DQ6 and 2x1GB Corsair DDR2 Value Select PC5300 Dual Channel Kit with CL3. Not only do I intend to do everyday work with this machine but intend also to hammer the heck out of it, playing new games and doing DVD encoding or something, just because I now can.

My big problem is the memory, which may or may not be supported by the board. Furthermore, I get this horrible feeling that although Anandtech shows this memory running at (2:3) - 800 DDR2, 4-3-3-8 @ 2.2V. That I may have made a big mistake not going for something like the XMS2-6400 CL4.

What I really need to know is, from the memory people (who I should have asked first), when all my bits arrive in the post tomorow, should I be sending the memory back as soon as possible? How much of a performance hit do you get from using cheaper 667MHz memory? Will I even notice the difference? How could I tell if the memory was such a bottleneck? Many reports in the CPU forum have indicated that DDR2 memory at higher speeds do not make much of a difference with Conroe.

Adding to all this, I'm hardly an extreme gamer, 30FPS is high and completely smooth to me. And I have been used to a P4 1.6GHz now for 4 years. Even though this is going to be a huge leap, I dont want to have wounded the PC before it even gets going.

Am I just an unlucky fool who didn't do her research properly? Or has blind luck meant I will be completely happy with the build? If I try it and see, how can I find out if the memory is a bottleneck? Any help and advice (no flames) would be really well appreciated. Worst comes to the worst, my budget can stretch about another £50 on memory or so if I go without food for a week.
I think you'll be fine. If that RAM does indeed run at 667@ CAS3, that will work great. If you find that it won't drop to CAS3, then drop the divider back to 1:1 and run the RAM at 533 and try for CAS3 at that. I don't honestly think you will be missing much. Don't worry. :wink:
August 6, 2006 9:59:42 PM

There needs to be a big hug and kiss smiley - thank you! That's all I needed to know. I've been panicing so much ever since getting the order in, I mean, it's about 10 hours then I should be expecting it all. Also, it's the largest amount of my own money I have ever spent in one go lol.

Will keep the advice in mind, as I do intend to tweak around a lot once its been run in. I'd really love the DDR2 800 speeds claimed possible, and to run a 1:1 ratio with the CPU doing 3.6GHz hehe. Oh well, that was the plan, now I will just be happy if it posts.

Thanks so much once again!!!
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