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Can a DDR2 Motherboard support a DDR3 Graphics Card

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May 20, 2010 6:44:57 PM

My motherboard is ddr2 and i want to know if it can support a ddr3 graphics card

Motherboard:946GZM3
# INTEL 946GZ Express Chipset +ICH7 CHIPSET
# Intel LGA775 Core2 Duo Processors
# Supports PCI-Express X16 design
# Integrated INTEL GMA 3000
# Supports Dual Channel DDR2 667
# Integrated Serial ATA2 3Gb/s
# Integrated 10M/100M LAN
# Integrated ALC662 HD Audio CODEC with 6.0 CH
# Ready for Windows® Vista™
# Micro ATX Form Factor
May 20, 2010 6:48:40 PM

oh wow,
this question is like a downtown Baghdad.
a b V Motherboard
May 20, 2010 6:49:52 PM

All you need is a free Pciex16 slot. The RAM of the system has nothing to do with this.
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a b V Motherboard
May 20, 2010 6:51:24 PM

Yes, the graphics card memory type is independent of the system's memory, so you are not limited by that. What you have to look at is the graphics port on your mobo (PCI Express x16 in your case) and your PSU.
If you can provide the wattage on your psu as well as the card you are interested in, along with the specifics on the rest of your computer (i.e. cpu, ram, hdds, etc.) I can let you know whether it will work or not.
Alternatively, you can use this link to calculate your projected consumption and compare it to your psu's wattage.
May 20, 2010 6:59:18 PM

CPU:Intel 2.2Ghz
RAM:2Gb
Nvidia GeForce 8500GT PCI Express 512MB DDR2
Harddrive:350GB
And the graphics card im interested in is GeForce GTS 250 DDR3
a b V Motherboard
May 20, 2010 7:04:21 PM

What's the wattage on your power supply (can be found on the sticker on the side of the unit).

Edit: Also, what type of cpu do you have (i.e. core 2 duo, pentium dual core, celeron, etc.)?
May 20, 2010 7:06:18 PM

and the cpu core 2 duo
a b V Motherboard
May 20, 2010 7:12:04 PM

350W should be enough.
Anyway, what is the brand/model of your PSU?
May 20, 2010 7:20:00 PM

I really dont know but it says on the PSU Premium MODEL No.LC-B350AT (350W)
Getting a bigger PSu isnt a problem
a b V Motherboard
May 20, 2010 7:24:52 PM

Its made by what appears to be a Polish company called ModeCom; I've never heard of them before, so I don't know how good their parts are.
a b V Motherboard
May 20, 2010 7:25:58 PM

I would recommend getting a more powerful psu. The one I linked above will be great for your setup.
May 20, 2010 7:28:52 PM

thanx, so will the GeForce GTS 250 DDR3 work on my pc if i get that psu in that link u sent me?
a b V Motherboard
May 20, 2010 7:31:03 PM
a b V Motherboard
May 20, 2010 7:31:56 PM

Yes, it should work fine. Make sure you uninstall your current card before putting your new card in, and download the latest drivers when your new card is in.
You will need a molex to PCI-E dongle, but if you're getting the card new, it should come with the card.

Edit: Any of the PSUs Chinaski listed will work as well, but I recommend going with either the 430 W or the 450 W for future expansion.
May 20, 2010 7:35:01 PM

So all i have to do is uninstall my old cards driver and then just put in my new card and install its driver?
a b V Motherboard
May 20, 2010 7:37:15 PM

Yup, its a pretty simple process.
May 20, 2010 7:39:53 PM

Thanx alot
a b V Motherboard
May 20, 2010 7:42:06 PM

Anytime, that's what we're here for.
March 20, 2012 8:29:36 AM

what is meant by Pciex16 slot
March 20, 2012 8:31:52 AM

how can we know our pci-E slot
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