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April 1, 2010 7:08:12 PM

Hey all, looking for suggestions on a decent MB to go along with a new athlon xII 440 cpu. Only catch is I have 8gb of ddr2 800 ram Id like to reuse rather than buy new ddr 3 ram right now.

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a c 295 V Motherboard
April 1, 2010 8:08:23 PM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

1- What is your budget?
2- Can you re-sell your DDR2 RAM?
2- You can get a mobo that support your processor and DDR2, but when you want upgrade to DDR3, you will need change your mobo too.
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a c 295 V Motherboard
April 1, 2010 8:48:46 PM

Ok, that's a good mobo. But, for only $5 more you can get this ASUS M4A77TD that support DDR3 and your processor.

Why I suggest to you that re-sell your DDR2?, because when you want install DDR3 RAM, youl would need change your mobo again, because DDR3 RAM don't fit on DDR2 slots.
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April 1, 2010 9:00:22 PM

Thanks for the info guys. Im torn on the RAM situation, new RAM will exceed my budget right now, but how much of a performance increas would I really see with DDR3 vs DDR2 in games like LOTRO and WoW?
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a b V Motherboard
April 1, 2010 9:03:52 PM

heres a small comparison,

4GB DDR3 1333 Mhz = 8GB DDR2 800+Mhz but i cant remember where i read that...
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April 1, 2010 9:06:18 PM

I see...back to the drawing board then. Thanks for the help.
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a b V Motherboard
April 12, 2010 1:53:58 AM

Best answer selected by r_manic.
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