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Memory compatibility with GB-G31M-ES2L

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February 18, 2010 12:01:23 PM

Hello,I'll buy a new PC since the old mobo finally burnt up :D . I've made up a budget-gaming configuration but I'm still not sure about something. I'll buy this mobo: http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Product... and I want this 2GB memory: http://www.emag.ro/memorii/memorie-kingmax-2gb-ddr2-800... Now, in the official memory compatibility manual it's not there but perhaps it was missed. Does anyone has this configuration working?
---- for CPU I'll have an E8400 and as the video card a Galaxy GeForce 9500GT, 1gb,128mb, ddr2 .
Thanks in advance.

Edit: I've read that frequency doesn't really matter in gaming performance so I tought I would rather buy a 800Mhz instead of the 1066Mhz(if I buy it I'll have to overclock and stuff but I'm not into that...)
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a c 177 V Motherboard
February 18, 2010 12:22:03 PM

se a funcţiona; mulţi memorii este nu examinare...

The Gigabyte memory listings are made once, at the board release, from samples from manufacturers, and memory often available in Taiwan, but not elsewhere; they cannot test everything on the market; the memory you posted looks very standard, and the G31 is very flexible; when you install, do the "Load Optimized Defaults" function from the BIOS, and it will very likely work immediately.
February 18, 2010 12:38:31 PM

"se a funcţiona; mulţi memorii este nu examinare..." :) ) Nice try but no ;-)
That would be "poate functiona; multe memorii nu sunt examinate"
Anyway, thanks a lot for the answer!
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February 18, 2010 1:32:15 PM

...hope I get a half-point for trying :whistle: 

Americans are 'parochial' when it comes to language - I've done industrial systems most of my life, and have traveled a lot - can say 'please' and 'thank you' in likely a dozen languages, and the ever-important 'where is the bathroom?' in another half-dozen ;) 

I think you will be very pleased with that motherboard; I recently did a build for someone:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...
re-using an old case and PSU, gave him an older Celeron dual core I had laying around, and came in under $200 USD. Overclocked a good 35%, and gave surprisingly good video scores, as well! One difficulty appeared - had to update BIOS; did not really hurt anything else I could find, but the BIOS shipped with the board would not do windoze 'experience index' tests - would terminate with an error; new BIOS fixed completely...
February 19, 2010 5:04:05 AM

Actually, I'm also keeping the case, PSU, DVD-RW and my old Maxtor 80GB(I will soon,perhaps like a month after I will buy the PC, buy a new HDD but I'm OK with this one for now :D  )

Also, I'm saying to myself that I won't overclock the CPU(and I hope I won't) but I simply can't take no notice of the several forums/sites telling the OC capabilities of the E8400. I'm scared that it will shorten the lifespan of my PC or CPU :whistle:  .

Thanks!
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February 19, 2010 6:30:21 AM

If you are planning to overclock, your motherboard will limit you. The G31/G41 chipset is an economy chipset that is not rated for more than a bus speed of 333 MHz. My GA-G41m-ES2L bus speed topped out at 360 MHz.

The E8400 is a pretty powerful chip without overclocking. The only problem is that a G31 board will almost certainly need a BIOS update. A G41 board will not.

My Gigabyte boards do not seem to be very particular about the brands of memory. I have used Crucial, Patriot, and OCZ without problems.
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February 19, 2010 1:23:56 PM

Bios for rev 1.x boards here:
http://www.gigabyte.us/Support/Motherboard/BIOS_Model.a...
for rev 2.x (which is likely what you'll get) here:
http://www.gigabyte.us/Support/Motherboard/BIOS_Model.a...
Excellent BIOS flashing tutorial here:
http://forums.tweaktown.com/f69/bios-flashing-how-qflas...
DO NOT use @BIOS, ever, at all!

...the 360 thing is interesting, as, although GB says in the general descriptions:
Quote:
Revolution energy saving design with Easy Energy Saver technology to FSB 1600 (O.C.)

neither board claims to support either stepping of the QX9770, the 1600 FSB, 400 Bclk part; I only used a lowly E1400 Celeron, but it 'walked up' well past 3GHz for me with very little voltage...

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I simply can't take no notice of the several forums/sites telling the OC capabilities of the E8400. I'm scared that it will shorten the lifespan of my PC or CPU

The trick here is simply not to go nuts :ouch:  People will 'heap on' voltage to get that last MHz out of their CPU; it's voltage, not heat, that generally 'get 'em' in the end... Every Intel CPU I've ever used would take a one FSB 'step' (i.e., if the CPU is rated for an 800 FSB, it will do 1066; if it's a 1066, will do 1333; if a 1333, will do 1600) with very modest voltage increases (I hardly ever need, or recommend, more than a tenth-volt increase), which are easy, long term, on the hardware, and will live 'till long after the rig is hopelessly obsolete (which these days, is pretty much after you tear the tape off the box! :cry: 
February 21, 2010 7:31:20 AM

OK. Searched a few sites(also the one from where I will buy the mobo and I've read several reviews that the mobo "seen" the CPU at once, without any BIOS updates. But thanks for the sites ;-).
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