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March 20, 2009 2:55:51 AM

I have the ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe board and I want to upgrade my RAM and processor and have found a couple things I want. I just need someone to tell me if they are even compatible with my board. They are as follows:


CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

and


AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ Windsor 3.2GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 125W Dual-Core Processor

Sorry for the ignorant question but your help is much appreciated.

Sam

PS If it isnt obivous, im kinda new to the whole upgrading thing.

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March 20, 2009 3:08:30 AM

don't worry, its not an ignorant question.

but your motherboard should be compatible with both the ram and the cpu.

because you are new to upgrading, just as a little tip for stock heatsinks and amd processors. before you completely latch it down, twist just a bit back and forth, not to much. just a couple of twists, this insures a tighter fit and less thermal paste between the heatsink and the cpu
a b } Memory
March 20, 2009 3:17:38 AM

Yes both the components are compatible with ur mobo...
But u can save some money going with DDR2 800 instead of the DDR2 1066...u wont notice much difference in performance...
And as for the CPU, u can get even the newer AMD 7750...it performs nearly as well and runs efficient...But even the one u have chosen is very gud but is a old archietecture CPU...
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March 20, 2009 3:25:46 AM

So whats the major difference between AMD 7750 and the AMD X2 3.2?

I ask because Im not a hardware guy but I am most anxious to learn it so I can do this stuff without worrying the bejesus out of everyone else! lol
March 20, 2009 3:29:43 AM

The kuma also costs about 70$ less..... which is confusing. I was told I will "get what I pay for" in terms of hardware. So does this mean the 7750 is less quality than the 6400+?
a b } Memory
March 20, 2009 3:30:39 AM

Well the 7750 is the newer AMD CPU...it is very gud in overclocking and is more efficient than the 6400+ (Well may be not more powerful than it though at stock 2.7)

So if u are comfortable with overclocking, then I would suggest u can get the 7750...u can easily reach 3.2 with tat and I think u will be able to get the 7750 cheaper than the 6400...
So when overclocked it will outperform the stock 3.2 AMD easy...

But if u dont want to overclock, then u can stick with the 6400+...
March 20, 2009 3:33:06 AM

I dont know how to overclock :)  Which is something I dont mind doing, just dont know how to do it. Like I said, Im new to the whole Hardware aspect. I have been a Sys Ad on the Customer Service and Software side of the house for the past 10 years or so.
a b } Memory
March 20, 2009 3:34:13 AM

Stagray said:
The kuma also costs about 70$ less..... which is confusing. I was told I will "get what I pay for" in terms of hardware. So does this mean the 7750 is less quality than the 6400+?

:o  Wat $70 less...then u shuld certainly go wit the 7750...no point paying extra $70 for just 15% performance difference...
By the way how much are u getting the 6400 for???
a b } Memory
March 20, 2009 3:35:58 AM

Stagray said:
I dont know how to overclock :)  Which is something I dont mind doing, just dont know how to do it. Like I said, Im new to the whole Hardware aspect. I have been a Sys Ad on the Customer Service and Software side of the house for the past 10 years or so.


Well u can always learn...everyone has to start at some point or other...
March 20, 2009 3:37:45 AM

Newegg lists the 7750 for 64.99 and the 6400 for about 119.99.... so ya, 60 bucks diffrence or so.
a b } Memory
March 20, 2009 3:45:39 AM

Well seriously no point in buying the 6400+...get the 7750 and get a better CPU heatsink like the Xigmatic and overclock the 7750 without any problem...

And just for a start on overclocking, see this article from TOMS...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/phenom-overclock-at...
March 20, 2009 3:49:58 AM

awsome, well thanks a ton for your helpful info. Saved me a ton of looking around for info that I dont understand!
a b } Memory
March 20, 2009 3:58:17 AM

Well pleasure is mine...so happy overclocking... :) 
a b } Memory
March 20, 2009 4:10:37 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Hey get this CPU cooler along with the 7750...It will keep the temp of the CPU down when u overclock...
U cant expect the stock cooler to perform well when u overclock the CPU...

U can also reuse the CPU cooler even on ur future builds...
a b } Memory
March 20, 2009 4:51:43 AM

Yeah, you can't really use the stock cooler that the 7750 comes with if you want to overclock since it's the same aluminum cooler that comes with other low end Athlon X2s. The stock cooler may be good up to 3-3.1GHz depending on your case ventilation and the voltage you need to run it at that speed. That XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 is a pretty good cooler and should keep your CPU nice and cool with a mild overclock.
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