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Intel E6550 with DDR3 mobo

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January 11, 2012 4:54:31 PM

Noob question... but I am planning a new HTPC build, and I want to reuse my old E6550 cpu with a newer- GIGABYTE GA-G41MT-S2P LGA 775 Intel G41 Micro ATX DDR3 1333 mobo.

Can I use DDR3 with my cpu and this mobo, or shall I look to find a mobo that has DDR2 slots (and I can then reuse the ram too)

Or any ideas on a different board, I am getting a fanless GPU and XONAR sound card so I need a basic mobo that has at least 3 PCI express slots.

Thanks in advance.

PK

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January 11, 2012 4:59:43 PM

There are a couple boards out there that are using the G41 chipset that are using DDR 3 memory. This will work out just fine since the memory controller on these older boards are still on the board over the memory controller like we have now that is build into the processor. So go for it, it shouldnt be a problem at all.

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January 11, 2012 9:30:50 PM

Funny enough, I just did this with an Pentium DC E5400 on the same motherboard for a HTPC, 4GB DDR3, ATI 5450, 2x1TB Samsung and 80GB Seagate drives, plus W7 Ultimate via HDMI to 42in HDTV.

That CPU works fine with F1 or later BIOS.
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January 11, 2012 10:55:46 PM

The answer is yes.
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January 11, 2012 11:29:49 PM

Thanks for the fast replys.
I can pull that DDR3 from my photoshop/large-format RIP beast, and upgrade to something faster. I was thinking of getting a couple of 8 gig sticks to replace my 4x4, that way I'll be ready when I upgrade in a year or so to a new cpu/mobo. I really need more ram.
- one thing, it seems the 8G sticks have slower timings.
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January 12, 2012 12:03:55 AM

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