I have a phenom quad core 2.3 ghz and want to get a motherboard to run it. Alot say memory standard but no memory maximum? So if the standard is lets say 800 mhz can I run 1066mhz? Can I run ddr3 1333mhz or even more??? They say it depends on the processor but I still dont get it! thanks!
Phenoms run with DDR2 1066, the older AM2's use DDR2 800. If you want to run a Phenom be sure to get an AM2+ motherboard (Gigabyte, and Asus are the best. Avoid MSI like the plague). As for memory max, that depends on the motherboard. Most are rated to 8+ Gigs useable usually 4, 8, 16, or 32GB max (referrs to the amount of useable RAM). I typically go with a board that is capable of running 16 or more Gigs of RAM (who knows, I may want to add more later).
BTW I use Vista 64. If using a 32 bit OS it can use a maximum of 4GB of RAM, 64 bit can use loads more RAM.