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Will this Motherboard and This RAM Work? (Help Upgrading PC)

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October 21, 2010 8:36:15 AM

So I've been talking with my friend about upgrading my pc specifically for FFXIV. I already did my GPU (EVGA GTX460 1GB Superclocked) and my CPU (AMD 955 Quad Core). The game still runs like crap... So he said it was my RAM which is DDR2 800. After a long time thinking and finding out that some Nvidia cards wont work in an ATI based motherboard (I have an ati Based Motherboard = http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) I've decided to do the only thing I can think of.. Get a new Motherboard and DDR3 1600 RAM.


My friend said that this Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-130-...


Is an awesome motherboard that he used for 4 builds and it works with this RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The only thing is.. When you read some of the reviews it says that this Motherboard is (O.C) 1600 DDR3 RAM. But he and others say that the 1600 will run in there fine, plus hes done this 4 times. I just want this extra reassurance that that ram will run its fullest in the motherboard without any overclocking (He didnt have to overclock it) cause I dont know anything about overclocking.

At this point Ive basically rebuilt the entire PC... Will this motherboard and RAM Last me the 3-5+ years that the GTX 460 1GB and 955 CPU will? If Not or If you know of a better Mobo and RAM that would be awesome too.


Sorry for my poor grammar and spelling, and thank you ahead of time.

Justin

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a c 435 V Motherboard
October 21, 2010 1:56:47 PM

Most boards will let you set the ram speed manually after the first boot up. Check the motherboard manual before ordering the board and download if needed. It will give you the ram speeds and may even list them in the bios section of the manual.
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a b V Motherboard
October 21, 2010 4:10:56 PM

First, what motherboard do you have? and that ram you have might be OCable.
(If possible please list your specs)

Now i can't click the links - they are blocked at work xP - but if a motherboard states "(O.C) 1600 DDR3 RAM" more than likely you have to OC it manually. Not always tho, but i can't say for sure as i don't know the motherboard you are referring too.

Now for gaming, you don't need 1600mhz. Anything that hits over 1000Mhz works great - and anything 1600Mhz is mostly for fun or benchmarking. So even if your ram doesn't run @ 1600Mhz stock, don't think you'll lose alot of performance. =)

Now 3-5+ years? Umm, well do you mean that as in "working" lifespan or "technology" lifespan? Because the build can last you 3-5+ years working, but technologically, it's probably already outdated xP. lol (or will be soon xD)

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October 21, 2010 4:22:24 PM

Gekko here is my current motherboard specs.


Learn more about the GIGABYTE GA-MA785G-UD3H
Model

Brand
GIGABYTE

Model
GA-MA785G-UD3H

Supported CPU

CPU Socket Type
AM3/AM2+/AM2

CPU Type
Phenom II / Phenom / Athlon II / Athlon64 /Sempron

FSB
2600MHz Hyper Transport (5200 MT/s)

Chipsets

North Bridge
AMD 785G

South Bridge
AMD SB710

Memory

Number of Memory Slots
4×240pin

Memory Standard
DDR2 1333(O.C.) / 1066 / 800

Maximum Memory Supported
16GB

Channel Supported
Dual Channel

Expansion Slots

PCI Express 2.0 x16
1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16_1)
1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4_1)
(The PCIEX16_1 and PCIEX4_1 slots support ATI Hybrid CrossFireX technology and conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)

PCI Express x1
3 x PCI Express x1 slots (The PCIEX1_2 and PCIEX1_3 slots share the same PCIe bus with the PCIEX4_1 slot.)

PCI Slots
2

Storage Devices

PATA
1 x ATA133 2 Dev. Max

SATA 3Gb/s
6

SATA RAID
0/1/10/JBOD

Onboard Video

Onboard Video Chipset
ATI Radeon HD 4200

Onboard Audio

Audio Chipset
Realtek ALC889A

Audio Channels
8 Channels

Onboard LAN

LAN Chipset
Realtek 8111C

Max LAN Speed
10/100/1000Mbps

Rear Panel Ports

PS/2
1

Video Ports
D-Sub + DVI

HDMI
1 x HDMI

USB 1.1/2.0
6 x USB 2.0

IEEE 1394
1 x IEEE 1394a

S/PDIF Out
1 x Optical

Audio Ports
6 Ports

Onboard USB

Onboard USB
6 x USB 2.0

Onboard 1394

Onboard 1394
2 x 1394a

Physical Spec

Form Factor
ATX

Power Pin
24 Pin

Features

Features
Ultra Durable 3 Classic Technology with copper cooled quality for lower working temperature
100% 50,000 hours lifespan of Japanese solid capacitors design

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
3 years limited

Labor
3 years limited



The ram I have now is:


Learn more about the G.SKILL F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ
Model

Brand
G.SKILL

Model
F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ

Type
240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM

Tech Spec

Capacity
4GB (2 x 2GB)

Speed
DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)

Cas Latency
5

Timing
5-5-5-15

Voltage
1.8V - 1.9V

Multi-channel Kit
Dual Channel Kit

Heat Spreader
Yes

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
Lifetime limited

Labor
Lifetime limited

Are you saying I could get 1333 DDR2 and OC it on my motherboard and not have to buy a new motherboard now? But what about the fact that the mobo might be not working with the gtx 460 and gimping the cpu with the bus speeds etc?
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October 21, 2010 4:24:49 PM

You also got me digging and people are saying I can overlock my current RAM to 1066. Is that worth doing?
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October 21, 2010 8:57:18 PM

justalfo said:
Gekko here is my current motherboard specs.

Learn more about the GIGABYTE GA-MA785G-UD3H

Learn more about the G.SKILL F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ

Are you saying I could get 1333 DDR2 and OC it on my motherboard and not have to buy a new motherboard now? But what about the fact that the mobo might be not working with the gtx 460 and gimping the cpu with the bus speeds etc?

LOL, my bad here mate - when i said specs i only meant the model name/number. I could have looked up the rest of the details xDD

And yeah, you can. You can OC the memory xD. And did you already buy the GTX 460? I know this board works with SOME Nvidia card. One was running a 8800GT. Not sure about the GTX 460, but i don't see why it wouldn't =P

justalfo said:
You also got me digging and people are saying I can overlock my current RAM to 1066. Is that worth doing?


And from the looks of it - you probably can x) Well maybe not exactly 1066Mhz, but you can come close. Remember OC ram is like OC a cpu - each ram (along with it's motherboard) has it's limits.

I have been able to push my tam (also DDR2 800) to 1024Mhz. But at those settings it starts failing. So i set it to a more stable clock. But once you reach 1000Mhz, you're good to go x).
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October 22, 2010 12:41:17 PM

Gekko Shadow said:
LOL, my bad here mate - when i said specs i only meant the model name/number. I could have looked up the rest of the details xDD

And yeah, you can. You can OC the memory xD. And did you already buy the GTX 460? I know this board works with SOME Nvidia card. One was running a 8800GT. Not sure about the GTX 460, but i don't see why it wouldn't =P



And from the looks of it - you probably can x) Well maybe not exactly 1066Mhz, but you can come close. Remember OC ram is like OC a cpu - each ram (along with it's motherboard) has it's limits.

I have been able to push my tam (also DDR2 800) to 1024Mhz. But at those settings it starts failing. So i set it to a more stable clock. But once you reach 1000Mhz, you're good to go x).



Alright Ill try to OC it, just gotta figure out how to Idk what 4.5x 5.0x in the bios means.. thanks man!
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a b V Motherboard
October 22, 2010 2:19:08 PM

Well one way to OC is to mess with your timings. Tho it might take longer since your dealing with several sections at the same time.

4.5x 5.0x might be a mem multiplier if im not mistaken.
You will more than likely have to mess with your Memory Clock, Memory Voltage, and DRAM Configuration (should be the timings).

Alot of this will be trial and error, so don't give up! =)
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October 29, 2010 1:16:59 PM

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