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  1. #21

    Default Re: upgrading ram on a msi gnb max

    being as have decided to go with the DFI board, i thought i would check into a bit. i am confused with what the online manual says about memory configurations?

    what is single rank and what is double rank? the online manual says that using all 3 dimms in single rank, i can get ddr 400 speeds. if all 3 dimms are double rank i can only get ddr 333 speeds?

    i am looking at 1.5GB of Kingston HyperX DDR500. i can get a pretty good deal on them. i know the spec sheet says these modules need +2.6 volts, so there shouldn't be a problem with them on the DFI board as it supports dram voltage control.

    here's the link to the pdf manual for the DFI board:

    http://www.dfi.com.tw/Upload/Manual/...81000414-r.pdf

    i am ok to buy these ram modules?
    P4 2.4B (533FSB)
    MSI GNB MAX
    512 DDR Mushkin
    128 ATI Radeon 9100
    80GB WD JB
    Plextor 24/10/40
    Antec 1080 AMG w/ 430 truepower

  2. #22

    Default Re: upgrading ram on a msi gnb max

    update:

    i bought 1.5GB of kingston hyperx gaming ram. it is pc4000 or ddr500.

    i've read that running more than one dimm of ram will limit my overclock, but being a gamer mostly i thought it would be OK.

    i bought the ram off ebay (i know many will frown on this) the seller guaranteed the dimms to be not DOA. i snatched them up as these dimms would cost me over $800 CDN and i paid only $390 CDN

    just waiting for my DFI board to be instock and then i'll pick up the rest of my components :)
    P4 2.4B (533FSB)
    MSI GNB MAX
    512 DDR Mushkin
    128 ATI Radeon 9100
    80GB WD JB
    Plextor 24/10/40
    Antec 1080 AMG w/ 430 truepower

  3. #23

    Default Re: upgrading ram on a msi gnb max

    OK guys, I have bought parts for my new rig and they are shipped out and will be here this week.

    i finally decided on this:

    AMD Athlon 64 2800+
    DFI Lanpart UT NF3 250BG
    Kingston HyperX PC4000 3x512MB
    Chaintech 6800GT 256MB
    Seagate SATA 120GB 8MB cache
    Vantec Iceberg copper chipset cooler
    Pioneer DVR 108 DL writer

    I was recommended to look into different memory beacuse it didn't have Samsung TSTD memory chips?? Not sure what the difference is. I'm hoping I will be able to O/C this setup.

    I appreciate all you replies and especially Yawgm0th for getting me on doing a total system upgrade instead of doing a RAM and video card only update. My PC's have always been 12 months behind current technolgy, or upgraded video only, or new RAM and chipset technology with crappy mid-range video card. Never the whole deal. I'd better be happy because with 1 kid now and plans for another, there won't be any funds for dad's PC :D
    P4 2.4B (533FSB)
    MSI GNB MAX
    512 DDR Mushkin
    128 ATI Radeon 9100
    80GB WD JB
    Plextor 24/10/40
    Antec 1080 AMG w/ 430 truepower

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    Default Re: upgrading ram on a msi gnb max

    This thing will last you a while. You will be able to overclock it very far. With enough overclocking, expect to see the numbers of these systems in the Hardocp Doom 3 hardware guide:
    http://www.hardocp.com/article.html?art=NjQ0LDE5

    If you hit 2.4GHz with the 2800 and Ultra speeds with the 6800 GT (and I think you can do that, or at least come close), those are your numbers. Not too shabby, not to mention all of the other games that will be maxed out entirely... I think this will last you a little longer than twelve months.

  5. #25

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    Those #'s are sick!! I'm pretty sure that means good ;)

    I'd be happy with that.

    the only things I thought of adding were a CPU cooler and a vid card Cooler. the vid card already has, what looks like, a decent cooler. Besides, i don't have a lot of room to play with.
    I wasn't sure about CPU as i didn't find too much while searching for this type of cooling.
    I probably won't go for a high O/C right away, so i'll have some time before i need to worry.
    I'll post some 3DMark scores once i get it set up.
    No comments on the memory? Is it **** or not?
    P4 2.4B (533FSB)
    MSI GNB MAX
    512 DDR Mushkin
    128 ATI Radeon 9100
    80GB WD JB
    Plextor 24/10/40
    Antec 1080 AMG w/ 430 truepower

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    Default Re: upgrading ram on a msi gnb max

    Oh, it's good memory, but not very pointful for an A64. The fact that you got it at under half price makes it worth it. Basically, it will let you overclock very high with the RAM speed and CPU base clock (FSB on other CPUs). That doesn't mean much extra performance on an A64 over running, say, the RAM well below the base clock. You could run the RAM below rated speeds and possibly get some really good timings with it, which would be best for performance. If it won't go below stock timings, than just overclcok as much as possible.

    Also, a good CPU cooler would be smart. It won't be necessary, but heat will be your main cooling issue, so it'll be a good idea somewhere down the road.

  7. #27
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    Default Re: upgrading ram on a msi gnb max

    so far so good. my new ram isn't here yet, so i'm using my single 512MB.
    man this thing is flying now! I've been playing far cry and i can't get enough.
    max everything at 1280x1024 w/ aa

    the extra mem will be nice for loading times.

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