In my country, New Zealand there are only 3 nforce Nvidia chipset containing mobo's that support SLI for phenom II's.
I'm wondering about the Asus M4N98TD EVO
1. Can i use 1600MHZ ram with this (As in Native 1600MHZ). Please check around as the site i got it from says only 1066/1333/2000.
2. What RAM WON'T be supported by my phenoms/mobo? Can i chuck in for example this?
Corsair CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 4GB (2x XMS3 2GB) PC-12800 (1600MHz) XMS KIT, DDR3 For MB i7 / i5 Core dual channel DDR3 processors,
If it can't what do i need to look out for to tell me it is unsupported.
2. Can i use a single Corsair Memory 4GB Single Module 1333MHz CL9 DDR3 Desktop Memory?
??? That'll save me tonnes !!!
ATI Build: (No Intel one yet, as its waaay overbudget)
Motherboard: M4N98TD EVO $217
Processor: Phenom II 955/965BE $ 207/245 (955 for now)
Case: CM Storm Scout: $162
PSU: Earthwatts 650W - $135
Graphics card(s): GTX 460 768MB $251 ea (Currently 1, looking to see if i can sell my unused vista ultimate and some other stuff, will update to non SLi perhaps if i can't get enough).
Hard Drive:Samsung Spinpoint f3 $69
RAM: Corsair CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 $147 (Supported???)
Monitor: 22” Full HD $223 LED
DVD Writer: Liteon 24x - $31
Mouse: G500 $85
Keyboard: Sidewinder X6 $80
OS: Either Vista Ultimate 32 bit / WAT removed Windows 7 (Free edition then Hack it and still get updates).
All up (With hacked OS) and 955 not 965: $1607 + like ¬$30 for shipping probably.
Budget: 1500-1600¬, maybe a few more $$ if i can squeeze some more outta my own pocket.
Advise any upgrades downgrades BUTTTTTTT before you post them PLEASE check this site for the NZ price e.g. the 6850 is around $70 more than a single GTX 460-768mb
Just type in the part you think i should and it'll give the lowest price for my country and see if its reasonable still: http://www.gearbot.co.nz/
You'll need to check the QVL for both the Mobo and the Processor and then choose which one is most suitable and available there for you.
Before you go and buy anything run thru the forums for the specific models you've chosen and see if anybody is having compatibility issues with the models you've selected....
No you cannot use a single memory stick, it's never advised, always go for 2 4 6 8 since mobo architecture supports two slots populated better.....