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#1 11 years ago

Soon I'm going to get a new video card, some more ram and a new motherboard. I need to know a good card to get for under $250 Australian that I can run most source games on high, (and maybe some other games on at least medium settings) Also with ram I currently have a discontinued line(i think) of corsair ram, 2 sticks of 512, and I was just going to get 1 more gig. is it bad for memory if you have differently pc graded (or speed or branded) sticks of ram, I guess if you can recommend cheap/effective ram as well that might help.

Oh oh and the ram I have is just ddr, is it really beneficial (and cheap) to ddr2 or ddr3, is it worth it? and is it possible to run ddr and ddr2 on the same motherboard.

And with a motherboard is it possible to get 4 slots for ram. Okay that's all thank you if you can help me.




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#2 11 years ago
Also with ram I currently have a discontinued line(i think) of corsair ram, 2 sticks of 512, and I was just going to get 1 more gig. is it bad for memory if you have differently pc graded (or speed or branded) sticks of ram, I guess if you can recommend cheap/effective ram as well that might help.

If your ram sticks are rated at different speeds, your ram will run at the speed of the lowest rated stick. It shouldn't matter if you run different brands as long as your running a matching pair of each (your old ram, and a pair of new sticks).

Oh oh and the ram I have is just ddr, is it really beneficial (and cheap) to ddr2 or ddr3, is it worth it? and is it possible to run ddr and ddr2 on the same motherboard.

DDR2 starts seeing good improvements over DDR really only at DDR2-667 speeds and faster. And no, its not possible to run both at the same time. You can buy motherboards that have both DDR and DDR2 slots, but you can only run one type or the other.

And with a motherboard is it possible to get 4 slots for ram. Okay that's all thank you if you can help me.

Yes, in fact most boards do have 4 slots.

What are the specs of your PC your looking to upgrade?




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#3 11 years ago

You could make the switch to DDR2 and its not that expensive, it all depends on your current processor. And for a graphics card, the 8800 GT is a phenominal card, but do you have PCI-X? At the age of your system it could be that or AGP.




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#4 11 years ago
RadioShackRob;4033345You could make the switch to DDR2 and its not that expensive, it all depends on your current processor. And for a graphics card, the 8800 GT is a phenominal card, but do you have PCI-X? At the age of your system it could be that or AGP.

You have to be careful, It's PCI-EX, not PCI-X, PCI-X slots are only on Server boards, atleast the ones that I've seen.

Also, if you give us some more info on your system, If you need a program, just look here... CPUID.




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#5 11 years ago

Okay some specs AMD Athlon 64 +3500 Crappy onboard video card i think it's a 6100 which is Pci-ex anyway 1 gig of 512mb DDR RAM PC-3200 400MHz CAS2 ABIT NF95 Motherboard - GeForce6100, HT2000, Dual Channel DDR400, PCI Express x16, SATAII 300 RAID, LAN, USB2.0, 6-Ch Audio, mATX

But a pci-ex card is optional if im getting a new motherboard, the problem is i know nothing about motherboards

edit; at the moment i have socket 939, it's sort of out of date isn't it, does that mean if i get a new motheboard i won't be able to use my current processor? what's now the most common cpu socket?




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#6 11 years ago

Your processor can run on an AM2 socket, I believe, the problem is that most of the X2 processors run on the AM2. DDR2 will give you a really good increase, especially if you buy DDR2800, 2 gigs can run from like 50bucks to out the wazoo. And I would recommend an 8800GT; however, you could spare yourself some money for now and just get the 8800GT, but you might have some bottlenecking from the CPU.




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#7 11 years ago

8800gt is like $400




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#8 11 years ago
Overwatch;40336748800gt is like $400

Its $280-$300, and the best bang for buck your gonna get. Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N802-A1 GeForce 8800GT Superclocked 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail




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#9 11 years ago

Try 250 to 300. I don't know where you're looking. But at the beginning of next year, with the release of the 9 series, they will most likely drop. Also, it can play source games unbelievably, and it can play most newer games at good settings.




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#10 11 years ago
EpicLoadYour processor can run on an AM2 socket, I believe

No, it won't.

His 3500+ is a socket 939 CPU, which is not going to work in a AM2 board. There is a 3500+ AM2 chip, but his isn't one of them.

what's now the most common cpu socket?

Your going to want either a AMD socket AM2 board, or a Intel socket LGA775 board (with C2D support) if you want the best CPUs.