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October 18, 2010 5:20:51 PM

Hey, guys.

I'm putting together an HTPC on the cheap and, after a lot of shopping around, I've pretty much decided that the MSI 880GM-E41 is the best board and the best price for me. I am planning to use the onboard audio and video. I have an older machine I built that I'm willing to cannibalize for parts if necessary, but the GeForce 8400 GS is probably not going to be of any use to me considering the kind of GPUs I have available in today's mainboards.

I am planning to use an AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz and maybe trying to unlock the fourth core, but that's not terribly important since I'm sure it will be fine for my needs as is.

I would like to save as much as I can on memory, but I'm a little wary of so-called value ram. I was considering maybe a couple sticks of OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) or Mushkin Enhanced Silverline or maybe just a single 4G stick of Mushkin Enhanced Silverline. I have no idea. I really don't know very much about memory at all, as you can tell. :p 

Any advice or observations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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October 18, 2010 7:06:13 PM

Welcome to Tom's Forums! :) 

If you're using the on-board or a cheap GPU then it is a waste to start looking for fast or elaborate RAM; the gain "might be" 2~4 FPS. I would myself prefer Dual Channel (2x2GB).

Good Value RAM - http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.aspx?model=880GM...

To my understanding the 890GX Chipset is required to unlock the 4th core {I am not an AMD guru}. I too read the "Unlock CPU Core" blurb but I too read numerous BSOS issues - http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
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December 5, 2010 6:12:47 PM

jaquith said:
Welcome to Tom's Forums! :) 

If you're using the on-board or a cheap GPU then it is a waste to start looking for fast or elaborate RAM; the gain "might be" 2~4 FPS. I would myself prefer Dual Channel (2x2GB).

Good Value RAM - http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.aspx?model=880GM...

To my understanding the 890GX Chipset is required to unlock the 4th core {I am not an AMD guru}. I too read the "Unlock CPU Core" blurb but I too read numerous BSOS issues - http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...



Well, I know I've been AWOL, but I appreciate the input. I did read the responses before I placed my order, I just never got around to posting replies. My bad.

To sum up, I wasn't really looking for fast or elaborate RAM. I asked because I've built maybe 6 or 8 computers in the past and I've always used Crucial (usually Ballistix) or Corsair (often some breed of XMS or the Dominator series). I learned a long time ago that the laundry list of problems you run into using shitty RAM just isn't worth the money you save so I wanted to stay away from any real garbage. I had never heard of Mushkin, but I was considering it alongside some OCZ because they were both on NewEgg for a really good price. If I had followed your link, I might have picked up the economy-grade Crucial instead, but I ended up getting 4G of Mushkin Silverline (with the little heatspreader-type enclosures) and it's been running like a champ.

Also, you might like to know that whatever problems people had with the 880 that led them to believe the 890GX was required for core unlocking, I have had no such problems with the MSI 880GM-E41 mobo. I unlocked a Rana X3 and ended up with a Phenom II Deneb X4. No BSOD, no instability, no crashes, no problem. 4 builds with MSI and they haven't let me down yet.

Anyway, thanks again for your help. :) 
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