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Vista 32 bits 3GB max ?

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November 14, 2008 3:32:29 AM

This is what I was planning to buy:

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Dual Core Processor LGA775 3.0GHZ Wolfdale 1333FSB 6MB Retail
ASUS P5Q Pro ATX LGA775 P45 DDR2 2PCI-E16 CrossFire 3PCI-E1 2PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN eSATA Motherboard
Mushkin XP PC2-8000 Redline 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1000 CL5-5-5-12 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit
Palit Radeon HD 4850 Sonic 685MHZ 512MB 1GHZ GDDR3 2XDVI TV Out PCI-E Video Card
Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-FI Xtreme Gamer 24BIT Sound Card 7.1 PCI Retail Box Bilingual
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 3.5IN 500GB SATA2 8.5MS 7200RPM 32MB Cache NCQ Hard Drive OEM
Coolermaster CM 690 Mid Tower Black ATX Case 5X5.25 5X3.5INT No PS Front USB Sound Firewire & eSATA
Corsair TX750W 750W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan
Samsung SyncMaster 2253BW 22IN Widescreen LCD Monitor Black 1680X1050 8000:1 DVI VGA


These are my questions:

I will be using Vista x86 and I was wondering if I can put these memory modules with that motherboard. Will it work correctly with 4GB of RAM because I read (I think it was on the motherboard specs page) that there could be some problems with more than 3GB ?

Also, I thought about buying a sound card because I want good quality sound for gaming + increased performances for games. But I read that Creative soundcards are not very well supported on Vista. Is it right ? Wich soundcard should I buy ? Does it worth it ?

Thanks alot !

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November 14, 2008 3:42:12 AM

No problem with that build, but you'll only be able to USE around 3GB of that RAM. The rest will be lost, but it won't hurt anything.

The best configuration is to have as much RAM as possible on two slots. Because the OS doesn't support more than 4GB total (and subtracts some of its addresses for other stuff), that means the best configuration you can have is 2x2GB. There is no such thing as 1.5GB modules as far as I've seen, and the only way to get 3GB without "wasting" a portion of 4GB is to use four modules.

So go with 4GB by 2x2GB modules and be happy that the "missing RAM" isn't doing anything to harm system stability.
November 14, 2008 3:42:25 AM

Yes, the ram will work fine. It'll just limited to around 3.2gb with your components.

You will not notice a difference in sound. There'll be no performance difference either. The cpu load is insignificant. Use the onboard Realtek HD sound. Oddly, they have the best driver support of any sound brand.
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November 14, 2008 3:44:11 AM

You can insert as many ram as you want - a 32bit OS will only see no more than 4GB. This also includes your graphic card memory. Your system can still function but the remaining ram will not be utilized

X-fi in Vista64 is rubbish - thats all I can say. I'm having trouble with it myself. But its the Mic issue only - the rest are fine.
November 14, 2008 3:45:56 AM

+1 +1
November 14, 2008 11:30:05 AM

Thanks alot guys !

So to sum up:

I should keep those memory modules because it won't hurt the system and it's the best possible configuration (2x2GB) and it will be fully used when I upgrade to 64bits.

I shouldn't buy any Sound Card because the performance is not significant and Vista drivers don't work very well. Onboard should do the trick.


Great ! Thanks again !
November 14, 2008 5:32:36 PM

Right. Some people feel the add on sound cards are worth it, but definitely use the on board before you buy one, it works well, as dagger said.
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