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    Upgrade query

    Hello,

    Current Specs:

    Asus M4A785TD-V EVO 785G Socket AM3 onboard DVI VGA HDMI
    AMD Athlon II X3 435 2.9GHz Socket AM3 1.5MB L2 Cache
    Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB HD
    Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10600 Ballistix Memory Kit

    Here's what happened. Being a complete idiot, I ordered 4gb more RAM. (I bet you know what's coming.....)

    I run 32 bit Windows 7 so it won't even recognise it.

    Now I could write off the £20 I spent, but now I'm tempted to go the whole hog and upgrade my CPU to something 64bit....

    I was thinking this:
    AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4GHz Black Edition AM3 Socket L2/L3 8MB for about £80

    are there better chips out there for that price? Also I'd like somebody to stop me here if I'm being a complete imbecile? Is this upgrading even worth it?

    Thanks in advance
    Last edited by sunday; 14-07-2012 at 08:52 PM.

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    • rs4847's system
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    Re: Upgrade query

    Erm isn't the AMD Athlon II X3 435 x86-64 compatible anyway?

    It has to be the OS that would have to be 64bit compatible to recognise over 4GB of RAM.

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    Re: Upgrade query

    Ah, this is why I ask. I'm an idiot

    Looks like getting my hands on 64bit Windows and doing a clean install is the solution.

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    • rs4847's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Intel DZ77GA-70K
      • CPU:
      • Intel i7-3770K + Corsair H80
      • Memory:
      • 32GB Corsair Vengeance CMZ32GX3M4X1600C10
      • Storage:
      • Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSD, 2x4TB Hitachi Deskstar NAS RAID1, Sony DRU-875S DVD Rewriter
      • Graphics card(s):
      • EVGA GTX1070 FTW 8GB
      • PSU:
      • CoolerMaster RealPower M700
      • Case:
      • CoolerMaster Cosmos RC-1000
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10 Pro x64
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      • HP LP2475w + Ilyama ProLite E2473HS
      • Internet:
      • VirginMedia 200Mb Gamer

    Re: Upgrade query

    No worries, we all have to start somewhere.

    Also remember that the Windows 7 x64 editions have different memory recognition, not that matters much as you are only going to 8GB.

    Home Starter recognises upto 8GB.
    Home Premium recognises upto 16GB.
    Professional and above recognises upto 192GB.

    If you are still planning on upgrading the CPU then I wouldn't bother personally as it would be more worthwhile to save up and replace the board and CPU and maybe memory.

    A AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4GHz BE is about as powerful as a i3-2100 maybe a little more, so the choice is yours.

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