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August 12, 2010 8:54:11 PM

I have 4 gb of pc2-5300 sticks and I wanted to know if I buy a new motherboard (I am looking at getting an athlon II X3 2.9 or 3.0 Ghz CPU) would it be better to upgrade my ram to ddr3 or keep my mem I have and get a board that supports ddr2. I still see a lot of boards that look great, support the new Athlons and Phenoms but have ddr2 for memory. So should I try and sell my memory and buy ddr3 or keep it and use it.

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August 12, 2010 9:20:45 PM

If you can afford DDR3,then go for it,because new chipsets like AMD 880/890 support DDR3 memory and have more features than the previous 780 chipsets.You also will get a little performance boost by jumping from DDR2 667 to a DDR3 1333/1600
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August 16, 2010 5:05:32 PM

just a little perf boost, not sure if I want to worry about it if it is just a little speed boost, you know, not real noticable. What features does the newer chipsets have, and if I got an earlier chipset (780's) what would I be loosing if I did get ddr3 on one of those boards. thanks!
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August 16, 2010 9:24:12 PM

Newer chipsets usually support newer CPUs,have better OC'ng potential and has less power consumption along with some changes in PCI-E slots
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August 19, 2010 12:37:26 AM

thanks for your reply, in my last question I mentioned asking you where the increase is small from the ddr2 to ddr3, would I notice a speed increase or not really. I dont do anything crazy like vid editing, or photoshop. I use the web a lot, have lots of tabs open at a time though doing all sorts of things which can use a good bit of memory. But do you think I would actually notice the speed increase, I know bench marks say there is a speed increase, but I am saying will one notice as they work on their pc! thanks again!
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August 19, 2010 6:46:27 AM

No there isn't a huge difference between DDR2 and DDR3,its between 0-15%(depending on the specs),so in daily tasks you aren't going to see much of a difference.
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August 26, 2010 6:34:47 PM

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