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April 30, 2010 12:53:00 PM

Hi! i just bought new ram today, they are ddr2 1066+mhz but they are only functioning on 400mhz frequency :(  what can be wrong ?

Motherboard: ASUS M4N72-E

RAM: A-data EXTREME DDR2 1066+

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April 30, 2010 2:07:22 PM

They're actually working at 800, it's fine.
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April 30, 2010 2:14:56 PM

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

1- What processor do u have?
2- DDR2 1066 is only supported by and AM2+ or AM3 processor.
3- Your current RAM is working at 800MHz. Why?, here are the explanation: DDR means double data rate, in other words means that U need multiply with 2 the speed that u see, in this case 400MHzx2=800MHz that is the DDR2 most used speed. For 1066 u only will see 533MHz, but only if u have an AM2+ or AM3 processor.
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May 2, 2010 3:43:04 PM

i have and AMD Athlon X2 5600+ processer

does that not work ? and if it doesn't can u recommend a good gaming processor for a good price?
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May 2, 2010 5:20:28 PM

For gaming the video card is more important, what card do you have? You can put an AM3 CPU on that mobo, depends on your budget.
May 2, 2010 10:02:09 PM

i have an nvidia Geforce GTS 250
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a c 312 V Motherboard
May 2, 2010 10:28:00 PM

mise56 said:
i have and AMD Athlon X2 5600+ processer

does that not work ? and if it doesn't can u recommend a good gaming processor for a good price?

That's ur "problem", the processor that u have is socket AM2, and according to the manufacturer's specs 1066 is only supported by AM2+ and AM3 processors.

Due to AMD CPU limitation, DDR2 1066 is supported by AM3/AM2+ CPU for one DIMM per channel only.. See here the complete specs of your mobo.

U have a good processor, and if u want upgrade I suggest to u that go with AM3 mobo, DDR3 and AM3 processor. For that u need a budget of $400 or more.

Trust me, the difference between 800MHz and 1066MHz is insignificant.
May 2, 2010 10:31:02 PM

ok because i get kind of annoyed cause i only FPS like 10-20 in wow raids and my friend has 300fps in raids :/ 
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May 2, 2010 10:45:45 PM


1- What rig your friend have?.
2- U can go with this processor: Athlon II X4 630 is a very good CPU and have a very solid performance and is supported by your mobo.
3- What RAM size do you have? 2GB, 4GB, 8GB. The recommended is 4GB.
4- If u bear in mind that the human eye only can see until 80FPS or 100FPS, the other 220FPS or 200FPS of your friend don't help in anything.
May 3, 2010 12:04:40 AM

1: all i know about his is that he has the same motherboard and he has an

AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 955 Processor

2gb corsair memory (don't know the model)

ATI ASUS EAH4870 GFX card 1gb video memory

And my specs are

AMD Athlon X2 Dual core processor 5600+ 2,80ghz

2gb 1066 memory

and an NVIDIA geforce GTS 250

is my graphics card also bad ? or do i only need to get a better processor ?
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May 3, 2010 12:26:32 AM

^The FPS difference is obvious. Your friend have a X4 955 (maybe OC) with 6MB L3 cache, ur 5600+ doesn't have L3 cache. The X4 955 is the 4th best processor of AMD.

Also, the GTS250 is a good GPU, but can't against the 4870 1GB aren't in the same performance level.

U only need a better processor and maybe 2GB more of RAM. With that u can get better FPS.
May 3, 2010 1:39:49 AM

ok thank you mate, this has been extremaly helpful i wish i could give u some kind of rep or another kind of reward :p 

i have one more question since you seem to be very good with computers

im gonna buy that CPU and 2gb more ram, but do u know how powerfull of a powersupply i need to have 2 NVidia GTS 250

and i should get better FPS if i have 2 of them right ? better than his FPS ? :p 
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May 3, 2010 2:40:38 AM

Get the RAM first and see what happens. Then come back.
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May 3, 2010 2:47:42 AM

1- U have 3 options for the GPU.

a- Add another GTS 250 in SLI, the GTS 250 is around $150 (EVGA).
b- With a little more that the GTS 250, u can go with a 5770 (around $180 SAPPHIRE) that is in the same performance level that the 4870 of your friend.
c- Re-sell ur current GTS250 and go with a 5850 (around $315 SAPPHIRE) that is a better GPU that the 4870.

Now if u go with the 1st option (2xGTX250 in SLI), u need a 550W or 600W PSU, something like this Antec 550W.

U need a PSU from a good manufacturer like Antec, PC Power and cooling, Corsair or Seasonic.
May 6, 2010 3:57:02 AM

can u reccomend Nvidia GFX cards ? since i can SLI but a nvidia GFX card thats better than the 4870 but not to expensive.
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May 6, 2010 4:36:56 AM

GFX better that the 4870, the GTX 285 but is very expensive. Or u can go with the GTX260 or GTX 275 that are in the same level performance that the 4870.

Or go with the same 4870
May 7, 2010 9:01:27 PM

how do i go about selling my card ? i live in sweden BTW and i bought the card for 1423 swedish currency (that was the cheapest i could find) sorry if i sound stupid just thought u may have some tips