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Upgrade Ram and maybe motherboard, help please!

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April 2, 2011 10:46:05 AM

Hey guys, quite a while ago I purchased the Asus P5N-E SLI 650i Socket 775 PCI-E Onboard Audio ATX Motherboard
but I frequently get bios warnings now and then have flashed it etc... but I recieved same message yesterday removed one stick of ram and it now boots up find.

I'm just wondering, I was using OCZ 4GB Kit (2x2GB) 800MHz/PC2-6400 Memory Platinum Performance CL5 (5-4-4-18) but now down to just the 2gb stick... is it worth just buying new memory.. And which one would you reccomend ? or buying a new Mboard as well...

Thanks in Advance!
April 2, 2011 11:36:35 AM


I would not buy a new motherboard just because a stick of RAM went bad, unless it was time to ditch the whole machine.

DDR2 memory will not carry forward to your next build, so I would be tempted just to replace the one stick. Take your pick: Capacity[2GB ],Speed[DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
April 3, 2011 2:08:53 PM

Ah thanks mate, So I'm assuming my Motherboard cannot handle ddr3, in which case would you recommend just buying a new motherboard and ddr3 ram and upgrade the rest as i go...
April 3, 2011 3:02:42 PM

All depends on your budget. You have to buy new mobo, cpu and memory all at the same time for an upgrade that is going to last. To get a Sandybridge gaming rig will run $300 to $400 plus, depending on what you want.

That compares with $US 38 to replace the single stick of RAM - I think that is worth it, especially since both AMD adn Intel are releasing new products this quarter.
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