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

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February 20, 2010 4:37:30 AM

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

a c 135 V Motherboard
February 20, 2010 5:39:14 AM

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
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February 20, 2010 2:55:28 PM

Excellent.
Thank you for that.
Can I assume that I Can run the 64 version of the os?
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a c 177 V Motherboard
February 20, 2010 3:03:15 PM

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...
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February 21, 2010 12:44:56 AM

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
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February 21, 2010 1:39:32 AM

Ok

E6850 or E8400 is both Chinese to me.
Where do I look to see if I Am one of those?
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a c 135 V Motherboard
February 21, 2010 5:19:25 AM

Download CPU-Z and it will tell you the exact model
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February 21, 2010 3:55:00 PM

Nice program

I have Intel Core 2 Duo E8400

So I am all ok for 64 bit?
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a c 135 V Motherboard
February 21, 2010 4:14:21 PM

Yes you are set :) 
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February 21, 2010 8:50:30 PM

Excellent.

So Newegg for the 4gb of ram?
No need for 8gb?
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a c 177 V Motherboard
February 21, 2010 9:44:37 PM

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...
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February 21, 2010 11:31:14 PM

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
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a c 177 V Motherboard
February 22, 2010 12:15:08 AM

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!!
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a c 135 V Motherboard
February 22, 2010 5:43:56 AM

4GB in enough for today's games and apps
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February 25, 2010 12:53:16 AM

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
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a c 177 V Motherboard
February 25, 2010 1:50:14 AM

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=N82E168...
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!
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February 25, 2010 2:47:15 AM

So with that ram I cant take it at factory settings, I have to tweak it when putting it in?
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a c 177 V Motherboard
February 25, 2010 12:08:10 PM

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/moth...
Rev 2.0 boards - http://www.gigabyte-usa.com/FileList/MemorySupport/moth...
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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