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October 30, 2006 11:01:07 PM

In my current computer I'm using Pc2700 184pin DDR RAM, and I'm wondering if it's worth saving if I upgrade to a Core2Duo setup? I would like to keep the RAM and maybe add more later if possible and if it makes sense, are there any suggestions for a MOBO that can take my current ram?

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a b V Motherboard
October 31, 2006 1:00:40 AM

AsRock makes them, but no, it doesn't make any sense...
October 31, 2006 1:50:27 AM

You could try waiting for DDR3, but you can still find pretty cheap DDR2 around to suit your needs.

I think DDR might stunt performance of a Core 2.
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a b V Motherboard
November 1, 2006 12:25:50 AM

If you really need to reuse the ddr2700 AND upgrade, try a socket 939/754 mobo.
November 1, 2006 1:35:04 AM

Depending on where you live

http://www.netaffilia.com/ad/electronics/frys/i/2006/10...

E6400 for cheaper than newegg sells it and with the type of motherboard you're looking for.

The ad expires 10/31, but they frequently run that combo or similar for dirt cheap. Its like giving you that motherboard and 20 bucks compared to newegg.
a b V Motherboard
November 1, 2006 2:37:48 AM

Not a bad deal.
The motherboard is free and he can just throw it away when he has money for the right parts to match the cpu. For free I can't argue the lack of sense in doing it.
November 1, 2006 2:48:08 AM

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Not a bad deal.
The motherboard is free and he can just throw it away when he has money for the right parts to match the cpu. For free I can't argue the lack of sense in doing it.


yeah but you have to be near a fry's electronics location. And the mobo doesnt have PCI-Ex16 slots, just an AGP

but still, for FREE you cant beat it.
November 1, 2006 3:30:12 AM

Using PC2700 i would have to say would severely hinder the Core 2 Duo. The processor itself has a FSB of 1066 when PC2700 only has 333. There might be motherboards out there that do support it but i would highly recommend NOT doing it. You would completely bottleneck the processor with the memory.
a b V Motherboard
November 1, 2006 3:52:21 AM

Yeah, that would be the longer version of: "that doesn't make any sense"...
November 1, 2006 11:27:00 PM

I was just toying with the idea, but I agree it doesn't make any sense. Can anyone suggest a good MOBO for an e6300? I've speant the last hour or so reading through forums and Anandtech trying to find a solid suggestion but still nothing. Right now, I'm looking at

ASRock ConRoe945G-DVI - seems like it has a good onboard Video

GIGABYTE GA-945P-S3 Socket T (LGA 775) Intel 945

ASUS P5L-VM 1394 Socket T (LGA 775) Intel 945G Micro ATX - but this is a Micro board, so a little doubt there.

Any other suggestions? I'm thinking come black friday everyone and their mom will start putting out combo deals, so I might wait and see.
a b V Motherboard
November 1, 2006 11:40:31 PM

OK, it's obvious you are on a tight budget.
Avoid Via/SiS chipsets.
The Intel 945 will have few supporters here as well.
If you want a Good board on a budget, look at the G965 chipset boards from various makers. Power search Newegg for G965 integrated graphics boards and go from there. You will still have to buy at least 1GB of DDR2 ram. Kingston DDR2 533 1.8 volt (2x512) is a good choice here.
November 2, 2006 12:35:37 AM

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Using PC2700 i would have to say would severely hinder the Core 2 Duo. The processor itself has a FSB of 1066 when PC2700 only has 333. There might be motherboards out there that do support it but i would highly recommend NOT doing it. You would completely bottleneck the processor with the memory.


True that it will hinder the CPU a little bit but as Intel CPUs communicates through the North Bridge anyway.......it's nothing you'll notice in real world tasks - you might notice it more in benchmark scoring~~~

I too, was going down that path a few months ago, I was gonna get a Asus MB with Conroe + DDR 266~400 support, read up on some reviews on it and was well within 90% the performance of a full DDR2 / 965 chpset / PCIex counter part in gaming (6600GT in AGP and PCIex versions) and office tasks (DDR2 - 667 Vs DDR - 400 CL2-3-2-5).

Nevertheless I got a good deal from a friend on an AMD X2 CPU and I took that instead but I think the E6300 Conroe + Asus DDR MB would have performed better than what I have now (AMD 4200 X2), but would have cost me twice as much!!
November 2, 2006 1:21:41 AM

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In my current computer I'm using Pc2700 184pin DDR RAM, and I'm wondering if it's worth saving if I upgrade to a Core2Duo setup? I would like to keep the RAM and maybe add more later if possible and if it makes sense, are there any suggestions for a MOBO that can take my current ram?

heres a cheap one which supports ddr or ddr2 and has a PCI-E slot.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
Newegg didnt state 2700 RAM but after looking the mobo up on ECS's site it does support 333MHz.
http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWeb/Products/ProductsDetail.as...
In closing dont even think about OCing with this mobo as you'll loss your integrated sound and lan and finally the the mobo will burn.
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