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January 22, 2010 8:47:16 PM

I just bought a motheboard CPU combonation from New EGG and am a bit confused as to the memory that would be best for me. I bought the board because it supports HDMI. The motherboard is a BioStar TA790GXE 128m AM2. Igot a AMD/ATH 2X@ 245 AM3 2.9G CPU to go with the MOBO. When I looked up the information on the MOBO it says to use DDR2 533/667/800/1066 (1066 by AM 2/AM3CPU. Which of these memorys will give me the best bang for the buck when my primary concern is being able to watch High Def television? Is there any thing else I am going to need to see High Def TV on my monitor?

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January 22, 2010 9:29:48 PM

DDR2 1066 is your best bang for the buck with AM3 (DDR2 800 for Intel), when running DDR2.

A HDMI cable to connect the PC to the Monitor (HDMI Support), if the MOBO doesn't come with one or you don't have one. If you are running your HD TV to/through your PC to your Monitor, you will need a TV Tuner for your PC, that supports digital (HD), so you can run it through your PC.
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January 22, 2010 11:05:32 PM

For any ram you are considering, do your own homework.
Go to the ram vendor's web site, and access their configurator.
Corsair, Kingston, Patriot, OCZ and others have them.
Their compatibility list is more current than the motherboard vendor's QVL lists which rarely get updated.
Enter your mobo or PC, and get a list of compatible ram sticks.

Here are a few links:

http://www.crucial.com/index.aspx

http://www.corsair.com/configurator/default.aspx

http://kingston.com/

http://conf.ocztechnology.com/index.php?c=1

http://www.patriotmemory.com/configurator/index.jsp

Cpu performance is not very sensitive to ram speeds.
If you look at real application and game benchmarks(vs. synthetic tests),
you will see negligible difference in performance between the slowest DDR2 and the fastest DDR3 ram.
Perhaps 1-2%. Not worth it to me.
Don't pay extra for faster ram or better timings unless you are a maximum overclocker.
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January 23, 2010 1:14:08 AM

geofelt said:
For any ram you are considering, do your own homework.
Go to the ram vendor's web site, and access their configurator.
Corsair, Kingston, Patriot, OCZ and others have them.
Their compatibility list is more current than the motherboard vendor's QVL lists which rarely get updated.
Enter your mobo or PC, and get a list of compatible ram sticks.

Here are a few links:

http://www.crucial.com/index.aspx

http://www.corsair.com/configurator/default.aspx

http://kingston.com/

http://conf.ocztechnology.com/index.php?c=1

http://www.patriotmemory.com/configurator/index.jsp

Cpu performance is not very sensitive to ram speeds.
If you look at real application and game benchmarks(vs. synthetic tests),
you will see negligible difference in performance between the slowest DDR2 and the fastest DDR3 ram.
Perhaps 1-2%. Not worth it to me.
Don't pay extra for faster ram or better timings unless you are a maximum overclocker.


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January 23, 2010 1:22:02 AM

geofelt said:
For any ram you are considering, do your own homework.
Go to the ram vendor's web site, and access their configurator.
Corsair, Kingston, Patriot, OCZ and others have them.
Their compatibility list is more current than the motherboard vendor's QVL lists which rarely get updated.
Enter your mobo or PC, and get a list of compatible ram sticks.

Here are a few links:

http://www.crucial.com/index.aspx

http://www.corsair.com/configurator/default.aspx

http://kingston.com/

http://conf.ocztechnology.com/index.php?c=1

http://www.patriotmemory.com/configurator/index.jsp

Cpu performance is not very sensitive to ram speeds.
If you look at real application and game benchmarks(vs. synthetic tests),
you will see negligible difference in performance between the slowest DDR2 and the fastest DDR3 ram.
Perhaps 1-2%. Not worth it to me.
Don't pay extra for faster ram or better timings unless you are a maximum overclocker.


That is exactly what I am trying to avoid, paying for ram that I really don't need. I had gone to the mother board mfg site and found their recommendations for ram, but if I just want to watch HD TV, as the saying goes, why kill sparrows with a cannon when a BB will do............... I was trying to find out what amount of ram was necessary to watch HDTV .
Thanks, and have a good evening.
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January 23, 2010 1:47:08 AM

gregmcdaniel said:
I was trying to find out what amount of ram was necessary to watch HDTV .
Thanks, and have a good evening.

You could get by on 2GB (1x2GB or 2x1GB) of RAM on a HTPC type build.
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January 30, 2010 12:32:33 PM

Best answer selected by gregmcdaniel.
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