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Old 06-18-08, 09:30 PM
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Questions about CPU FSB vs. RAM MHZ & low end Video Cards

I am looking for some enlightenment on which RAM speed (667MHz or 800MHz)to pair with the following CPU for best performance. In the past I recall wanting a 1:1 ratio, but it's been some time now and I am not sure anymore. Can anyone help me understand what RAM speed is optimal for the following processors?
  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E4600 (2MB L2 Cache,2.4GHz,800 FSB)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E7200 (3MB L2 Cache,2.53GHz,1066 FSB)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E8300 (6MB L2 Cache,2.83GHz,1333FSB)
  • Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q6600 (8MB L2 cache,2.4GHz,1066FSB)

Also, would an Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3100 be sufficient occasional video editing and game play or would I be better served by paying a bit extra for a ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro 128 or nVidia GeForce 8300GS 128MB?

Thanks in advance!
Old 06-18-08, 09:46 PM
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800 Mhz for all of them...

if you intend to step up the clock on the FSB definitely get Dominator RAM with the sinks and cooling fans if you want it to last...

i have the ATI 2400 with 256 MB in a system and i like that card... it's even a decent gaming card which is surprising...

that card is less than $100 with 256 MB, and it's easily worth it for that...
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AnandTech has a thorough (if slightly old) article about Core 2 Duo performance under different memory configurations here. The takeaway point is that most people shouldn't sink too much money into faster RAM, since it doesn't help most apps that much. That said, the price has come down so far on DDR2-800 modules that they'll probably cost about the same as equivalent DDR2-667 modules.

And fancy RAM modules are only for suckers and overclockers. Stick with a brand and model recommended by your motherboard manufacturer and you should be OK.

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Old 06-20-08, 11:20 PM
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Thanks for the replies...

Ended up going with the Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E8300 with the DD2-800 modules in a Vostro 400 from Dell. Reviews look promising, so I can't wait to see how it performs.
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With the price lately 1066 ram or better isn't really that big a deal, I picked up 2 gigs of 1066 for $52...

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