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December 20, 2008 6:15:27 AM

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!

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December 20, 2008 7:19:33 AM

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.
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December 20, 2008 12:01:54 PM

You totally misunderstand what I mean by that I mean max version of MHZ like someone checkout the m3n78 PRO by asus and tell me the max MHZ of a stick can i run? W a 2.3 phenom quad
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December 20, 2008 12:19:09 PM

IH8U's answer is correct. Your CPU uses DDR2 memory, not DDR3. Buy memory that matches the requirements of your CPU (800Mhz or 1066Mhz). Yes you can buy 1066Mhz memory for a CPU that requires 800Mhz memory. Just check your CPU specs and buy memory modules that match them.
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