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DDR2 ram upgrade.

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November 17, 2011 4:45:58 AM

By monday i'm going to dwell into the world of Skyrim but i need to upgrade my RAM and they need to be viable for some moderate/heavy overclocking of my CPU (E8400) - 4.0Ghz and GPU (ATI HD5770).
My motherboard is aged and still use DDR2, 240-DIMM.
With both the Ivy and Kepler/ATI 7000 series coming out in beginning of 2012 (feb/march would be my guess) i'm waiting for a complete overhaul of my system - so it seems that i'm forced to buy some overpriced DDR2 modules to play Skyrim.
I currently have 2x1 Crucial Ballistix PC-8500 CL5, 1066mhz.

What PC2-xxxx am i aiming at with a 3.8-4.0Ghz overclock of E8400?
Can i buy RAM that's not of the same make but fits the bill in terms of specs of my older ram?

I'm looking at (so overpriced!):

- 4x1 GeIL:
CL5, 800 mhz pc-6400 (heatsink). 55$
- 2x2 Corsair Value:
CL5, 5-5-5-18, 800 mhz pc-6400. 60$
- 2x2 Kingston HyperX:
CL5, 5-5-5-15, PC2-8500, 1066mhz (heatsink). 80$

Regards!

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November 17, 2011 5:00:32 AM

If I recall correctly the current sandy bridge models are capable of ivy bridge... logically thats what I would do... See how the game runs on 2g first then think about upgrading :) 
November 17, 2011 9:26:24 AM

mouse24 said:
If I recall correctly the current sandy bridge models are capable of ivy bridge... logically thats what I would do... See how the game runs on 2g first then think about upgrading :) 


I was of the opinion that my 2gb RAM is a major bottleneck in my system performance? I'm running windows 7 (x64).

Considering how the Witcher 2 runs on my current system i'd rather not. Well, it runs, and it runs graphically well but not smooth at all. There's a lot of stuttering and the load times are awful!

But then again, i really want to avoid buying 'ye-old' technology for prices that are 2x current technology. For 60$ i could get 8gig on another board.
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