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May 16, 2012 1:17:41 AM

My Motherboard is a MSI G31M3 - LV2 and runs on DDR2 RAM .
Does any DDR2 RAM work if i want more ram? DDR2 PC2-5300,6400,8500 any differences ? And whats the maximum per slot i can put ? 2Gbs per peice ?

Also With an MSI G31M3 - LV2 mother board, a bus port PCI-E 1.1x16 run well with AMD Radeon HD6670 2GB GDDR3 PCI-E Video Card ? Will it completely fine if i just manual plug it in myself ? I'm going to go out to buy it tomorrow so i need some feedback on both thanks and any specific brands for the RAM ?

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May 16, 2012 1:43:56 AM

The 6670 might disagree with a PCIe 1.x motherboard. PCIe 2.1 cards, such as the 6670, don't always work well with PCIe 1.x motherboards like PCIe 2.0 and PCIe 3.0 cards do. You might be better off getting a different card, such as a Radeon 7750. The 7750 uses less power and is far faster than the 6670, in addition to being more likely to work properly.

The PC2-5300, 6400, and 8500 memory numbers refer to their maximum theoretical bandwidth. Higher numbers here are usually better, although it generally doesn't make much of a difference. You motherboard supports up to PC2-6400.

That motherboard officially supports a total of up to 4GB of memory and has two slots, so up to 2GB per module.
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May 16, 2012 1:48:42 AM

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May 16, 2012 1:49:35 AM

Thank you so much, regarding the video card, will the 7750 work for sure ? Is it good for recent games ?

Is this video card you are referring to correct ? Sapphire Radeon 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E Video Card (HD7750)
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May 16, 2012 1:57:28 AM

Well, there is never a guarantee that something will work. If it doesn't, then you will just have to come back here and we'll help you out again. It is great for recent games, much faster than the 6670. Yes, that is a 7750 that I'm talking about.
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May 16, 2012 2:01:32 AM

The 7750 is a PCI-E 2.0 bus slot ? The 7750 also requires AMD Athlon II X2 250 3.0 GHz & UP. My Intel Core 2 Duo is fine right ? Thanks so much for your help btw !!
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May 16, 2012 2:12:46 AM

The 7750 is PCIe 3.0

All PCIe devices are backwards compatible with older versions of PCIe. The PCIe 2.1 cards sometimes have problems with PCIe 1.x motherboards. The PCIe 2.0 and PCIe 3.0 cards are better with PCIe 1.x motherboards than PCIe 2.1 cards are. Yes, Core 2 Duo is fine.
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May 16, 2012 2:15:39 AM

Thank you, ill go out and get it and see how it turns out . Are there any recomendations in what i should change in regards to my hardware after my GPU ? Motherboard, Processor, PSU ?
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May 16, 2012 3:11:48 AM

Well, your whole system is outdated, so I'd replace pretty much everything in it, but that's me. If it is enough for you, then you don't need to replace it, but I would. I would wait until Ivy Bridge i3s, Trinity, and Piledriver based CPUs come out, and then buy new parts and depending on how well Piledriver, Ivy Bridge, and Trinity do and how much they cost for what they do, I'd choose a platform based on one of them. Untill they are out, I do not recommend buying a new motherboard, CPU, or really anything else at this time, if you intend to upgrade your computer.
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May 16, 2012 3:16:11 AM

Thanks for the input, yeah tats what i was waiting for . I'm thinking about getting an alienware laptop but at the same time i want to wait for ivy bridges to come out, except speculations said they were out in apirl and its already mid may . Im just hoping after tomorrow by adding ram and upgrading to a 7750 overall multitasking will improve and will be able to run recent games smoothly and at high resolution and high settings (: . Thanks so much blazorthon, appreciate it a lot.
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May 16, 2012 3:27:04 AM

Well, adding RAM and the 7750 would help multitasking a little and help games a lot, it's just that it would all be much better with newer components from a similar price range.

You're welcome.
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May 16, 2012 3:45:42 AM

Yeah for sure, im just not too big on grading my pc too much for now . Just waiting later on in my life when i get out of university . (:
You were a great help tanks !
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May 16, 2012 4:11:58 AM

You're welcome.
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