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Is it worth it for me to upgrade my Motherboard for DDR3 1333?

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May 17, 2012 1:03:51 AM

Hey,

As of right now this is my system:

CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz

GPU - EVGA 01G-P3-1373-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked EE 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0

RAM - G.Skill DDR2 800 4GB

Mobo - GIGABYTE GA-MA785G-UD3H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

HDD - 650GB 7200rpm

I am wondering if it is worth it to upgrade my mobo and ram to this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813135250


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231428


It would be a 74$ upgrade after rebates..

Would I see a big performance increase in games like Tera etc? People have said my RAM might be bottlenecking my CPU or GPU.

I wouldnt upgrade the CPU or GPU yet, im going to ride them out till they are completely useless, so at least another year or 3 before I upgrade and build a whole new PC.

So is it worth it to do this quick 74$ upgrade? or should I just wait 1-3 years when I build a new pc?


Thanks.
a b } Memory
May 17, 2012 1:38:18 AM

I suggest waiting until you get a new PC. $74 is a lot to spend for what is basically a memory upgrade.
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May 17, 2012 1:55:48 AM

Your links to the ram do not work for me.

I think your motherboard takes DDR2 ram, not DDR3 which will not work.

It is somewhat of a moot point since faster ram does not bring great app or fps performance benefits.
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May 17, 2012 1:57:21 AM

Your motherboard takes DDR2 ram, not DDR3.

Faster ram brings only minor real app or fps benefits anyway.
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May 17, 2012 1:57:41 AM

Links don't work.

I highly doubt that you will notice a difference in gaming between different RAM speeds
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a b } Memory
May 17, 2012 2:01:53 AM

your board support ddr2 only the ddr3 memory wont work see specs in your user manual
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a b } Memory
May 17, 2012 3:48:56 PM

scout_03 said:
your board support ddr2 only the ddr3 memory wont work see specs in your user manual


Guys, the very topic of this thread is asking if upgrading the motherboard to get DDR3 support is worth the money. OP knows that his/her board does not support DDR3 and is asking if upgrading the motherboard, making a memory upgrade possible, is worth the money.
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May 17, 2012 4:01:11 PM

IMHO, it is better to save the money to buy a new motherboard, cpu, ram(next gen) than just the minor upgrade. You can buy a SSD as boot drive to speed up the system, it will be the better investment imo or the Seagate Hybrid drive to have faster boot up and launch time for applications. Upgrading to DDR3 will not have significant performance increase. SSD and Hybrid drives do save you time.
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