DDR2 RAM Speed choices

June 2, 2010 at 23:30:13
Specs: Macintosh
I'm building my own PC with an AMD Phenom II X2 550. Which speed of RAM would be the best option for my build? DDR2 800, DDR2 1066, etc? Should I overclock it if I get 800? So many choices. I'd like some suggestions as what's best or if it's overkill as it won't be for heavy gaming. The Mobo uses DDR2 up to DDR2 @ 1200. The system will be used for media HTPC, moderate gaming, video and photo and Ubuntu to start with as the OS.
Thanks!! =-)
Mieka

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#1
June 3, 2010 at 01:18:32
Better buy ddr 1066. U can overclock ddr2 800 ram to 1066 but it's not a good idea (system may become unstable)

do u have v-card?


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#2
June 3, 2010 at 02:16:23
Hi,
Thank you. Yes, I'm getting the HD 4650 DDR3 Saphire.
I'm really excited about building this System, it's my 1st build.
Been doing a lot of my homework on this. I kept looking for vid cards and I kept coming back to the 4650, so that's what I got.
I got the Gigabyte GA-MA785GM-US2H.
A friend recommends Corsair RAM.
Thanks!
Mieka

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#3
June 3, 2010 at 02:41:23
Hi Mieka
hd 4650 is a good card for htpc system, it also can play new games in medium settings and old games in high settings.
The motherboard is ok.
Corsair is a good brand, just make sure it's compatible with your motherboard. pay antention to voltage 1.8v for ddr2.

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#4
June 3, 2010 at 04:54:26
"I kept looking for vid cards and I kept coming back to the 4650, so that's what I got"

Not a horrible graphics choice, especially if you found one with DDR3 rather than GDDR2 or DDR2. You probably could have done better in the same price range though. The HD 4670 is a much better card for about the same price & the Geforce GT 240 with GDDR5 also falls into that price range...about $60.

Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart

As for the RAM, I agree with kuwese. Look for DDR2-1066 that runs at 1.8v - 1.9v. Beware so-called "gaming RAM" that requires up to 2.2v. If doesn't perform any better & the higher voltage is generally necessary because the RAM is lower rated RAM (DDR2-800 for example) that is factory overclocked.


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#5
June 27, 2010 at 13:07:33
OK. I ordered 2 x 2GB OCZ DDR2-1066 2.1v, which is 800 DDR2 RAM which can be overclocked to 1066. Now, according to OCZ web site, RAM will initially boot @ 1.8v with 800 speed native (my mobo needs the 1.8v) and 800 speed w/more GB is better for 64 bit OSs and I shouldn't need to OC or tinker with anything. I did a lot of research on this and I got the RAM on sale w/rebate too. This is a budget System btw. I'll be running Linux 64 bit and eventually Win7 64 bit.
-Mieka

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#6
June 27, 2010 at 15:17:34
How much did you initially pay for the RAM and what die the end cost come to with shipping and taxes, if any?

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#7
June 27, 2010 at 15:34:51
OtheHill-
Hi,
It's the OCZ Platinum #OCZ2P10664GK @ newegg.com.
Original price: $109.99
Sale price: $89.99
Newegg giftcard: -$10.00
MIR: $20.00
Total cost:$59.99 when I get rebate. (Free shipping btw and no tax)

Case: Rosewill blackbone
PSU: Rosewill 430watt w/Active PFC
RAM:OCZ2P10664GK (2GBx2)
CPU: Phenom II x2 550@3.1GHz
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-MA785GM-US2H
GPU: HD 4650 Saphire 512MB
HD: TBA
Optical:TBA


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#8
July 1, 2010 at 20:44:17
Update!!!

*Selling the HD 4650 GPU

HD: WD Cavair Blue 1TB HD
Optical: Asus DRW-24B1ST
GPU: PowerColor HD 5550 512MB DDR3

RAM is in. I'll register and send in my rebate info to OCZ.
Optical, HD, and GPU in transit!

Won't be long now! to be continued...
Happy 4th of July!!!
Mieka :-)


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#9
July 2, 2010 at 21:45:59
Any opinions about the GPU I'm getting? - The Powercolor HD 5550
Seems like it's quite a better card than the 4650 anyway.


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