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November 15, 2012 3:46:24 PM

I recently did a clean install of 64-bit Windows 8 Pro (from 32-bit Vista) on my 4-year-old home built PC. Main objective: upgrade memory to 12GB.

Much to my surprise, I’ve found DDR2 RAM far more expensive than DDR3 to the point where for what I would spend on DDR2, I could get 16 GB DDR3 and upgrade my motherboard. Given that an upgrade would also give me USB 3.0, it seems like that’s the way to go.

My questions:
1. Do you agree that it makes sense to upgrade the motherboard (as opposed to buying DDR2)?

2. If so, given a budget of around $250 for the motherboard and 16 GB RAM, any recommendations?
  • Note: I’ve had good results with my ASUS P5Q Deluxe, but am open to other reliable brands
  • Usage is surfing, Photoshop Elements, and gaming when my sons visit. No overclocking.
  • Also, any advantage going with 2 X 8GB as opposed to 4 X 4GB?

    3. Any recommended links on the motherboard upgrading process?

    Processor Intel Core2 Quad Q9400

    Motherboard: ASUS P5Q Deluxe LGA 775 Intel P45

    Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) CL5

    Case: Antec Sonata III 500 Black

    HDD: Western Digital 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0

    DVD: LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner SATA
    DVD: HP 20X DVD±R DVD Burner SATA

    Video: MSI R7770-2PMD1GD5/OC Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express

    PSU: Antec Earthwatts Model EA 500D, 500 Watts

    OS: Windows 8 Pro

    I greatly appreciate any and all advice. -Rich

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    a c 557 V Motherboard
    November 15, 2012 3:55:40 PM

    1. Yes, it does make sense, but not with a LGA 775.
    2. If upgrading the motherboard, you should also upgrade the CPU. Now, Intel or AMD?
    3. http://www.newegg.com/Store/ComboDeals.aspx?ComboStoreI...
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    November 15, 2012 4:16:13 PM

    alexoiu said:
    1. Yes, it does make sense, but not with a LGA 775.
    2. If upgrading the motherboard, you should also upgrade the CPU. Now, Intel or AMD?
    3. http://www.newegg.com/Store/ComboDeals.aspx?ComboStoreI...


    I thought about that, but was thinking, rather than a modest CPU upgrade (to stay w/in budget), I'd do the motherboard and memory now, then maybe upgrade the CPU to i7 a year from now. Would that work?
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    November 15, 2012 4:19:55 PM

    I'd have to agree with alexoiu
    If you're wanting to upgrade the motherboard, you'll want a new CPU (I'd recommend AMD but thats just personal preference)
    And naturally you'll want DDR3 RAM
    Scan are my personal favorites for buying hardware but I'm not sure how their delivery prices will affect you with being in the US
    http://www.scan.co.uk/shop/computer-hardware
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    November 15, 2012 4:22:00 PM

    picatavi said:
    I thought about that, but was thinking, rather than a modest CPU upgrade (to stay w/in budget), I'd do the motherboard and memory now, then maybe upgrade the CPU to i7 a year from now. Would that work?


    No, because your CPU (LGA 775) doesn't match the newer boards (LGA 1155, 2011). You can't install it.
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    November 15, 2012 4:41:33 PM

    alexoiu said:
    No, because your CPU (LGA 775) doesn't match the newer boards (LGA 1155, 2011). You can't install it.


    Ahhhhh... I see. Well, I'll have to look for a Black Friday deal. I looked over the Newegg CPU/motherboard specials, but it looks like I'd need to spend at least $400 for a decent package (motherboard, CPU, RAM).
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    a c 557 V Motherboard
    November 15, 2012 4:45:11 PM

    Unfortunately, yes. Pretty big prices for newer hardware. AMD is a bit lower.
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    a c 557 V Motherboard
    November 15, 2012 5:01:21 PM

    The link is not good.
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    November 15, 2012 5:07:02 PM

    alexoiu said:
    The link is not good.


    Sorry, newbie... now?

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    a c 557 V Motherboard
    November 15, 2012 5:10:36 PM

    Yes, it seems a good deal to me.
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    November 15, 2012 5:11:02 PM

    That doesn't look right either. Here are the items:

    ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    Intel Core i5-3550 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel
    HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53550

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

    Total $449 after $50 rebates and no charge for RAM (reg $39)
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    November 15, 2012 5:20:32 PM

    The board has good reviews, the CPU is a decent one.
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    November 15, 2012 5:24:55 PM

    alexoiu said:
    The board has good reviews, the CPU is a decent one.


    Thanks so much for your help and patience.
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    November 22, 2012 3:14:58 AM

    Best answer selected by Picatavi.
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