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October 28, 2005, 4:22 pm
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Hi; not really an overclocking question but I thought you gut=ys might
be able to help with some insight. I posted overe at alt/hardware also:
Here is what I'm putting together;
Intel D945G MB (dual core, DDR2 dual channel capable)
Celeron D345J (have this sitting here, going to wait to see what
happens with Pentium D pricing)
Seagate 7200.8 250G HD
Pioneer DVR110 DVD writer (dual layer/16X max wite)
I'm really confused about Ram choices; I'm going with 2x512 dual
channel (prob OCZ Gold), but given this choice:
PC4200 533MHz CL-3-3-3-8
PC5400 667MHz CL 4-4-4-8
or would you drop back to DDR and
PC3200 400MHZ CL-2-2-2-5
These are all at roughly the same price point and within the budget.
Which would you go for and why? Also, where would my bottleneck be in
this system as far as data transfer?
To get an idea of my use, I'm not gaming, but may want to occasionally
burn a DVD while listening to music and surfing. I've overclocked in
the past but it's not a big consideration.
Thanks in advance.
Re: Confused about RAM
Are you aware that DDR and DDR2 are physically different? (DDR has 184
contacts, DDR2 240.)
I don't know whether the 945G chipset supports any memory other than DDR2,
but a quick scan of the Web only found DDR2 boards.
I have no personal experience with DDR2 (I'm currently running an Athlon 64,
which only supports DDR). If you don't plan extreme overclocking, the lower
latency stuff may be preferable.
Address scrambled. Replace nkbob with bobkn.
Re: Confused about RAM
Probably the Celeron D would be the biggest slowdown on a S-775 system. The
prices of an I-6xx are pretty close to any high-end AMD solution but they do
run just a tad warm. I would definately go with DDR2 rather than DDR. The
I-630 I have will easily run with "Profile" overclocking at 3.6 and with
manual at 3.8 on my Intel I-915 Asus P5GDC-D. PC5400 was not available at
the time I built this system and the memory is what is holding my speed
back. If you do plan any overclocking at all in the future, I would
recommend going to Asus or another overclocking friendly board rather than
Intel. They are just not overclocking friendly. Burning DVDs and listening
to music are not that taxing and going to a dual core wouldn't help you
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