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  1. I know you guys know this shit more than I do, so I'll poll the audience again to get some quick answers. I swear, no matter how much research I do, I cannot find a straight answer.

    Really though, I find it neat that even though this is a Doom-related site, there are still lots of tech-savy people here. Need your fucking toaster fixed? Doomworld can help!

    Anyways, I revived my dead PC by transplanting a new motherboard. The mobo is refurbished, but unlike others I've tried, it looks professionally done and it basically works perfectly. It's one of the few boards that are still floating around out there with all the components that I need. Anyways, the transplant was a success, but now I have confirmed some dead memory.

    CPU is a Pentium D 915 2.8GHz with 800MHz FSB. New mobo supports a FSB of 1066/800/533, with two DIMM slots that accept DDR2 [up to?] 667MHz. Well this is the part I don't quite understand.

    I'm running some cheap DDR2 400MHz, and without manually tweaking it, it was running at 266MHz, which doesn't sit right with me. Note that this was observed before the death of the other module.

    So I have to buy new RAM anyways, but I'm unsure of what to actually get here... I hear all this shit about pairing up the RAM with the FSB, but how exactly does one determine this? I've read up about it, seemingly countless times, but I think I need someone to temporarily dumb it down for me... because hey, here I am asking someone about it again!

    I'd appreciate that much at least. :s

    Do I need to deviate from my DDR2 400, or was I fine with it and just needed to manually set the frequency back to 400MHz?

    Thx for halp. :3

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    2. Maes


      EarthQuake said:

      Thanks guys. Makes a little more sense to me now. I ordered some new Corsair DDR2-667 so I should be back up and running by the middle of next week.

      It sure sucks that you have to use 667 MHz modules though... :-/

    3. EarthQuake


      Well, maybe... ;)

      Honestly, I do get a lot of comments about my rig. Mostly in the way of "man, you should just ditch this and go with this". But really, considering the little amount of money I've spent on this machine ($500 over 10 years), it performs really well.

      I'm really defiant when it comes to moving on to newer hardware. I'd prefer to stick with the older stuff because it does what I want it to do and it's "familiar" to me. Some people say I'm restricting myself, but there is nothing holding me back from doing what I want to do.

      Let's take a look at this guy...

      My Pentium D I bought a long time ago (about 8 years ago) and it's proven to be quite reliable, fast, and runs cool. It's currently my oldest component aside from my hard drives. The hard drives are both Maxtors, 7200 RPM, PATA, 120GB combined, and they're pushing 10 years a piece. Never once had any bad sectors or stability problems. Upgrading those to SATA would probably not give a great boost in speed (seeing as my mobo only supports the first generation of SATA). Upgrading the mobo means ditching my AGP card, which is a Sapphire Radeon HD4650, and is AFAIK, one of the better AGP cards available. It handles everything I throw at it at top settings. Everything combined draws no more than 300W of power, so my Corsair CX430 was a good choice as well (especially for the greater efficiency -- my electric bill has dropped significantly since installing it a year ago). The case is a very nice Antec mid-tower with some really powerful adjustable fans that really keep the case chilly inside. It looks bad-ass too with that blue light pouring out from within.

      So yeah, I'm using a bunch of outdated crap that would probably hinder your average gamer, but I've got a lot of pride in this machine I have built from the ground up. There is a certain charm to it that I would lose by updating it to the "latest and greatest". It perfectly reflects who I am.

      As long as it performs to specification and is stable as a rock, I am okay with that.

    4. Maes


      Well...you surely won't find a contrary opinion on that by me :-p Still, even I, whenever I get the chance to upgrade one my many old rigs I usually try to stick in the very best they will take (and that I can find) e.g. shoehorning a 500 GB SATA HD on a Pentium III mobo ;-)