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Memory rec. for Gigabyte 970A-D3 mb

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by phixgrrrl, Nov 3, 2014.

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  1. phixgrrrl

    phixgrrrl Thread Starter

    Oct 6, 2004
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    My current memory is 4 gb, in 2 gb modules. Brand is Kingston DDR3 SDRAM. According to Speccy, the speed, well max bandwidth, is 667 mhz. But above that, it has the DRAM Frequency as about 2600 mhz. I'm not a newbie but no expert. So that's a bit confusing. Seeing some benchmarks on the mem I have, appears like it's not so good.

    My pc is too slow so looking to add maybe an 8 gb stick. So just looking for some rec's. My MB supports up to 32 GB.
    My pc (a custom build from Cyberpower) is from 2009. Over the years, I believe I've replaced the MB, the heatsink, the vid card and power supply. I just lost my job so price is an issue. I'm a designer and a gamer so looking for a good compromise of price vs speed. Prices seem to really vary depending where you go.

    Another forum recommended 2 4gb sticks but didn't say why


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    Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 955 Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 4 Stepping 2
    Processor Count: 4
    RAM: 4081 Mb
    Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series, 1024 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 305242 MB, Free - 204392 MB; D: Total - 715401 MB, Free - 572419 MB; L: Total - 476937 MB, Free - 173467 MB;
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  2. replay


    Aug 12, 2003
    here is a link to your board http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128521

    you should buy 1866 ram .... and 2 x 4 gig sticks (for dual channel) or u could go for 2 x 8 gig sticks (if u r a gamer)
    patriot............ these all have "no hassle lifetime warranties"

    Number of Memory Slots
    Memory Standard
    DDR3 2000(O.C.) / 1866 / 1600 / 1333 / 1066
    Maximum Memory Supported
    Channel Supported
    Dual Channel

    Expansion Slots
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    Aug 12, 2003
    also if the pc is slow
    do u have the recovery disc's (OS & driver disc) ??? from cyberpower
    if so save all your files and do a fresh vista install...your pc will be just like new (fast)
  4. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    Here is the support site for the Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 motherboard that appears to be in your computer.

    It has 4 memory slots and supports up to 32 GB(8 GB X 4) of RAM.

    It uses these 240-pin, 1.5 volt, unbuffered, non-ECC modules:

    DDR3 PC3-8500(DDR3-1066 MHz)

    DDR3-PC3-10600(DDR3-1333 MHz)

    DDR3-PC3-12800(DDR3-1600 MHz)

    DDR3 PC3-14900(DDR3-1866 MHz)

    If Piriform Speccy is showing a bandwidth of 667 MHz, I'm guessing your computer is currently using DDR3-1333 MHz modules.

    Speccy will show half the actual speed.
    (667 MHz X 2 = 1333 MHz)

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