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    Smile Upgrade quetions.

    Hello everyone, this is my first post so, if theres anything wrong, please notify me.

    Im running an Pentum D 945 and I will upgrade it now in november, Since the new I7 will be completly out of my reach (Im brazilian and new stuff like that normally costs a fortune here) I choose to go with the E8400 and the GA-EP43-DS3L (at an afordable price of 300 local bucks). My 3 questions are those:
    Im planning on keeping my current memory for the time beign, 4X1Gb KVR1GB 667MHZ. Anybody had any problems with those so far?
    whats the best 1066 memory to use in this mobo?
    Is there a specific E8400 for it, as i saw different steppings and models?
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    Default Re: Upgrade quetions.

    That is a good choice for a budget board. Or you could likely get a P35 NON budget board for a similar price. Great CPU Choice, you most likely wont get to choose when it comes to the CPU Stepping, but if you do get a C0

    As for ram, What brand is that, is it kingston? If so you should be fine with that, as for getting newer faster ram. I would say if 6400 is more affordable to you get that as there is not that much difference. If you can get Mushkin or G.Skill I would suggest those brands. Kingston will work as well

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    Default Re: Upgrade quetions.

    Hi,

    First of all, thanks for the quick reply. Yep, the RAM Is from Kingston (KVR stands for Kingston Value RAM) as you may have noticed, I am building on a budget, so for now those will have to do the trick. G.Skill is in my list as for the new ones, thanks for that tip too. The G35 chipset got almost all I need, the only problem is the PCI-E 16x. The first priority in my mobo is the PCI-E 16X 2.0, as I spend most of my time gaming and got a GeForce 9600GT, that cannot be dropped. Other P45 chipsets offered more items on the box or faster RAM supports, but Im not planning on using them for the next 2 years so the P43 was my choice, as I was pleased with the benchmarks and specs of that board. First Gigabyte I will buy, let’s hope its only the beginning of a long partnership. Thanks again for the support.
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    Default Re: Upgrade quetions.

    Ya, I looked it up after asking, but forgot to edit what I had already wrote

    You would be fine with a PCI-E 2.0 card in a PCI-E 16x board, the PCI-E 16x cards do not even fill the available bandwidth on the 16x Bus, and the New PCI-E 2.0 cards do not come close to filling it either, on either new or old boards. It is just for future speeds to be able to have room, no card fills the available bandwidth on either type so you would be fine in getting a P35. PCI-E 2.0 is backwards compatible, both ways (Board Slots/cards themselves in slots)

    All P35/P45 boards will support FAR Faster ram that what is stated, or what ram will even do today. If a certain board says DDR2 1200 that just means the company tested it with that, it will support FAR faster ram. All hype you could say. Main point in that is, if you had some 1400MHz ram (For example) a P35 board that says it supports 1066 ram it would run the 1400 as well.

    If you I did not make the above clear let me kow and I will try to explain both parts again. Main thing I was trying to say it P35 boards will support faster ram then what is sold today, and will also support your GFX card as well. Both just as fast as a P43/45 board. Basically just trying to save you some $$ since you said P43 was $300 where you live! $120 here!

    But yeah, the P43/45 chipset may be a little faster then P35, but when you are getting the budget P43 chip because you thought you need the board to support Faster ram and your GFX card when you could really get a P35 for less then you would be loosing out in the end

    So, my suggestion to you for the money is to get a NON Budget P35, over a Budget P45 (Which is the P43) it will support what you have and plenty of room for future upgrades, and you would have money left over for other things. Like your ram choice

    But it is all up to you and your cash, I want a P45 as well. But both are in the same $$ ranges here so ot much concern on my part

    Good luck in deciding, I know it is hard so I just thought I would drop in my two cents for you to think over. Hopefully someone else will chime in as well

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    Ohh! I wasnt aware that! That changes everything! So my GV-NX96T512H (yes the 9600GT with the pink box, deal with it) isnt going to improve its speed in a 16x 2.0? Well thats great news, as the P35 is way cheaper here, roughly 250 bucks. Oh when I say bucks I mean local brazilian bucks (Reais), but 300 is the line between expensive and cheap around here when the subject is computer parts.
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    Default Re: Upgrade quetions.

    NO, it will be just as fast in either board, and LGA775 is about to be replaced anyway soon. So no need to buy Expensive now when you may want a LGA1366 Socket board in a year from now

    Good luck in deciding, and no problem I am here to help anytime you need it.

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