I have the below current setup and I would like to know which way I ought to go in upgrading my system:
RAM: 4 x 1GB Kingston 800
VGA: ATI Sapphire HD4850 1GB DDR3
OS: Vista Ultimate 32
I use my computer for high load applications including running VMWare virtual machines, development, and gaming.
The basic idea was to double my ram capacity to 8GB
considering the fact that my mobo only supports DDR2, in order to upgrade to DDR3 1333 RAM I would need a new mobo. Also considering the fact that I don't want to pay for a new CPU, my mobo choices are limited to a few like DP45SG. I need to know if it is worth it to go that route, will 8GB DDR3 1333 vs. 8GB DDR2 800 (since I cannot find more than 800 for DDR2) perform better for my usage? Am I better off just doubling my RAM and sticking to DDR2?
Also in case I am to get a new mobo, what are your recommendations since I have heard that the DP45SG is problematic. I have looked at these 2 boards as well: Asus P5Q3 and Gigabyte GA-EP43T-UD3L.
P.S: I am not interested in overclocking with the additional cost and hassle of custom cooling.
Sell your old ram for about $20 per stick on craigslist. Then get 2 2x2gb kits of ddr2 pc6400 for around $160. Your net cost will be about $80. ddr3 doesn't give you enough performance increase with socket 775. You don't need to change to it until you go with i5 or i7.