[Gigabyte P35-DS3L ] Windows 7 and Ram upgrade Question

Hello,

Thanks advance in any help you can throw my way.

My board is: Board: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. P35-DS3L
I currently have 2 gigs of DDR2 Ram

Questions

1. Would my board run windows 7? I am guessing that an upgrade to 7 allowing more recognition of ram would be a good idea?
Not sure about how an upgrade works or just a new install of OS.

2. I mainly use my PC for gaming. I assume that I would want to upgrade to a larger amount of ram? If so how much and what type?

Thank you for any help
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  1. Hello and welcome to the forums :)
    1_First of all getting windows 7 won't allow to recognize more RAM,recognizing RAM depends on whether the OS is 32 or 64 (and its edition too),32 bit OS's can see max 3.5GB RAM installed whereas 64 bit OS's can see more than 4GB.
    But yes you can install windows 7 on yourboard.
    2_Get a good 4GB DDR2 800 RAM,it will give you a boost in games and other apps.Brands like Corsair,Geil,G.skill,OCZ.... are good
  2. Download the seven upgrade advisor:
    http://www.microsoft.com/Windows/windows-7/get/upgrade-advisor.aspx
    It will examine your computer for suitability - usual problem that prevents seven from being able to run is older video sub-systems...
  3. Excellent.
    Thank you for that.
    Can I assume that I Can run the 64 version of the os?
  4. I think pretty much every CPU supported by that board will accomodate 64-bit, and the MOBO itself certainly will; if you'll post the CPU type, it's easy enough to verify...

    If you intend to increase RAM, either get more of the exact same part number DIMMs, or 'start over', and buy a complete 4 or 8 G 'set' - mixing & matching RAM almost never works, and, if it does, you pay a large performance penalty to do it...
  5. Here is my cpu info

    3.00 gigahertz Intel Core2 Duo
    64 kilobyte primary memory cache
    6144 kilobyte secondary memory cache
    64-bit ready
    Multi-core (2 total)
    Not hyper-threaded
  6. Ok

    E6850 or E8400 is both Chinese to me.
    Where do I look to see if I Am one of those?
  7. Download CPU-Z and it will tell you the exact model
  8. Nice program

    I have Intel Core 2 Duo E8400

    So I am all ok for 64 bit?
  9. Yes you are set :)
  10. Excellent.

    So Newegg for the 4gb of ram?
    No need for 8gb?
  11. 8G is a call only you can make; it's overkill for the majority of people and their useage patterns... I use a full 8 regularly, and hit the swap file as well, but I do pretty strange stuff - CAD with a dozen or two drawings open, logic package and Visual Studio, hundred page illustrated operator's manual as I go - am looking forward to next rebuild and twelve or twenty-four! If you can tell me, fairly closely, what your average use amounts to (especially, what you have 'open' at one time), and maybe what you think the 'extreme' would be, I can probably venture a good guess... Also, if you are interested in a noticeable performance boost, I can give you an 'walk-through' overclock that will be easy on the hardware, take, maybe, a half-hour to 'dial-in', and give you a roughly 25% bump...
  12. Well I only do things like

    Call of duty mw2
    Neverwinter nights 2
    Bad company 2

    Random web work

    So it sounds like I only need 4gb
  13. Sound like it... I don't game, so I'm not sure, but it'd be my guess that most games would be optimized for 4G, as, up until now, not a lot of people have been using 64-bit systems, and 4G is it for 32-bit!

    Been thinking about getting a couple (games, that is...), though - all the demo/benchmark shots coming from the nVidia 'fermi' controversy have staggered me - gotta see some of this in actual operation!!
  14. 4GB in enough for today's games and apps
  15. I am looking at some OCZ memory.
    Do I need to be concerned with the voltage? Someone told me I should ask

    Model
    Brand OCZ
    Series Platinum
    Model OCZ2P10664GK
    Type 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM
    Tech Spec
    Capacity 4GB (2 x 2GB)
    Speed DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
    Cas Latency 5
    Timing 5-5-5-18
    Voltage 2.1V - 2.2V
    Buffered/Registered Unbuffered
    Multi-channel Kit Dual Channel Kit
    Heat Spreader Yes
  16. Some boards are limited in how far up you can run the memory voltage, but I think you can turn up the Ps pretty much until the RAM melts into a puddle of silicon :ouch: You shouldn't have any trouble... Depending on where you can access to purchase, I can heartily recommend these:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231166
    I've used a bunch of 'em, and have walked several people through overclocks here using them, as well...

    Also - don't be alarmed when you set the voltage - most GB socket 775 boards turn the BIOS setting for the RAM voltage red (like it's some kind of alert, or warning!) when you increase to 2.1 V, but nearly every piece of DDR2 faster than 800 specs at least a 2.1 voltage...

    I can't vouch for the OCZ, but every instance I've seen with the G.Skills, the BIOS will set 'em up automatically (and correctly) from the on-DIMM SPD data, by simply executing the BIOS' "Load Optimized Defaults" function!
  17. So with that ram I cant take it at factory settings, I have to tweak it when putting it in?
  18. It's alway hard to say in advance, unless it's on the GB memory support list:
    Rev 1.0 boards - http://www.gigabyte-usa.com/FileList/MemorySupport/motherboard_memory_ga-p35-ds3l_1.0.pdf
    Rev 2.0 boards - http://www.gigabyte-usa.com/FileList/MemorySupport/motherboard_memory_ga-p35-ds3l_2.0.pdf
    or, you can find someone who already has used the same memory (and a good place to ask - beside here - is TeakTown's GB forum - http://forums.tweaktown.com/f69/ )
    Of course, it should all work, but, in reality, you never know until it's tried :heink:
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