Swapout motherboard to get past 8gb barrier

Currently installed -

To build a vm test lab or citrix xenapp lab must be vt enabled -

Current board is - see below with to get it 2 12gb using 2x2gb of current memory and add 2 x 4gb memory - use same hard drive and Processor - current core 2 du0 E6750.


I know there are not many 775 boards about current -

My thoughts - so far something like a Asus P5Q pro - swap board use old disk sata 500gb Samsung hd103sj
and processor
and memory 2 x 2 gbDDR2 PC2-4200 (533MHz) DIMM

Swap out board add above then buy 2 x 4 gb add to new boards to make 12gb to start.

Any advise am i barking up the wrong tree. ?

thanks


P5N-E SLI
Intel Socket 775 Core™2 Quad/Pentium® Extreme/Pentium® D/Pentium® 4/Celeron Processors

CPU Intel Socket 775 Core™2 Quad/Pentium® Extreme/Pentium® D/Pentium® 4/Celeron Processors
Compatible with Intel® 05B/05A/06 processors
Support Intel® 45nm CPU
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology ready
* Please update the latest BIOS to support Intel 45nm CPU

Chipset nForce 650i SLI

Front Side Bus 1333/1066/800/533 MHz
Memory 4 x DIMM, 8 GB, DDR2 800/667/533 Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel memory architecture
*When installing total memory of 4GB capacity or more, Windows 32-bit operation system may only recognize less than 3GB. Hence, a total installed memory of less than 3GB is recommended.
Expansion Slots 2 x PCIe x16 , Single VGA mode: x16 (Default), SLI mode: x8, x8
1 x PCIe x1
2 x PCI 2.2

Storage Southbridge
2 xUltraDMA 133/100/66/33
4 xSATA 3 Gb/s ports Support RAID 0,1,0+1,5,JBOD
1 x External Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s (SATA On-the-Go)


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  1. The cost of a good motherboard (even a used one) and DDR2 memory is almost as much as a DDR3 motherboard, memory and CPU. Mixing memory when more than 8GB is installed may lead to system instability and that certainly isn't acceptable when running VMs.

    I have 16GB of DDR2 in a Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P and it's stable running VMware server on Windows Server 2008 (no crash in one year), but the cost of the 16GB memory kit was $330. If I had to do it now, I'd use a current processor, 16GB of DDR3 memory, etc. I also have an Asus P5Q Deluxe, but I wouldn't trust it with the same 16GB kit because it never was as stable as the Gigabyte.
  2. the price alone for ddr2 is enough to buy a new motherboard and 8gb of ddr3 ram. mixing ram isnt a good idea

    cost of ddr2 $169
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231182

    ddr3 $75
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231429

    new motherboard $95
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157297

    just have to get a processor and your good
  3. or this and exercise your right to up to 32gb of ram
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231486
  4. As I want to run esx 5 on it with a iscsi vm all running under vmware 9 it must be vt enabled I know ESX likes intel chips -


    So looking for an asus mb - i3 possiblly and ddr 3 = 4 x 4gb


    Putin to ATX chasis and connect old sata drive see what it picks up.

    Windows 7 should find and configure new components - my thoughts


    thanks


    John
  5. Anonymous said:
    or this and exercise your right to up to 32gb of ram
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231486



    yep I like thanks for this cheap as well
  6. jaller79 said:
    As I want to run esx 5 on it with a iscsi vm all running under vmware 9 it must be vt enabled I know ESX likes intel chips -


    So looking for an asus mb - i3 possiblly and ddr 3 = 4 x 4gb


    Putin to ATX chasis and connect old sata drive see what it picks up.

    Windows 7 should find and configure new components - my thoughts


    thanks


    John

    i3 will do though i always recommend i5 if you have the extra bucks, i5 is pretty powerful for only $50-60 more
  7. So concencious is i3 intel with asus and 16gb 4 x 4gb - should i buy seperate or as a bundle?

    Opinions please?
  8. I looked at the ddr 3 memory her for 74.99 us dollars why in the uk is this equivalent to 200$ - uk price £125 - why is this.
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