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3-5 year old machine looking to upgrade to play BF3 smoothly

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by DeadMeatDan, Jul 30, 2011.

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  1. DeadMeatDan

    DeadMeatDan Thread Starter

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    Hey guys, you've been a real help to my mate so he recommended i jump in and say hi.

    I'm looking at buying these items:

    XFX ATI Radeon 6950 HD 800MHz 2GB PCI-Express 2.1 HDMI
    Corsair Memory 8GB (2 x 4GB) Dominator DDR3 1600MHz DIMM CL9

    I'd like to know your opinion on what I should upgrade if anything to make sure this pc runs smoothly.

    Here's my spec:

    OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional , Service Pack 1, 64 bit
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6850 @ 3.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 11
    Processor Count: 2
    RAM: 2029 Mb
    Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS, 640 Mb
    Motherboard: Intel Corporation, DG33BU, AAD79951-407, AZBU748000FU
    PSU: JeanTech 600W Modular Arctic Active PFC, 24-pin PSU

    Hope you guys can help :)
     
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  3. flavallee

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    DMD:

    According to the Intel site for the Intel DG33BU motherboard, it supports a maximum of 8 GB of RAM(2 GB in each of its 4 slots) and supports these 2 GB modules:

    240-pin DDR2 PC2-5300(DDR2-667) 1.8V, CL=5, Unbuffered, Non-ECC, 256 Meg x 64

    240-pin DDR2 PC2-6400(DDR2-800) 1.8V, CL=6, Unbuffered, Non-ECC, 256 Meg x 64

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    The CRUCIAL memory site says it also supports this 2 GB module:

    240-pin DDR2 PC2-8500(DDR2-1066) 1.8V, CL=7, Unbuffered, Non-ECC, 256 Meg x 64

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    I can't find anything that says it supports DDR3 modules.

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    Here is the CRUCIAL site for that motherboard.

    If you really want 8 GB in that computer, you can buy 2 matching 4 GB kits(2 GB x 2).

    Personally, I would use DDR2 PC2-6400(DDR2-800) modules.

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