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June 30, 2011 7:28:37 PM

Hello,

I have a dell XPS 720 and I fell like its a time to upgrade. So I have been researching many cases and processes and Video cards etc. My current motherboard has 4 gigs of ram in there, I am under a tight budget and I would like to reuse the ram, In a new motherboard such as the ASUS M5A88-V. I also should mention that my motherboard currently is a btx formfactor and the new motherboard Im thinking about buying is an ATX motherboard, I also would like to mention that my current motherboard is from 2006 which is quite old considering the speed in which technology advances every year. So is my ram compatibly with a new motherboard?

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June 30, 2011 7:40:14 PM

The XPS 720 uses DDR2 which is not compatable with DDR3 DIMM slots, and the ASUS M5A88-V uses DDR3 RAM.

So IMO and since RAM is cheap now, look at the 2x4GB $70 F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or 2x2GB $46 F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

IMO 2x4GB is the better long-term choice.
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June 30, 2011 7:43:31 PM

No. Dell has ddr2 and ASUS takes ddr3.

The good part is that RAM is about the single cheapest component to have to get. Start with 2 and go to 4 when you've saved enough lunch money.
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July 7, 2011 12:50:47 AM

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