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I'm looking at getting MSI's new nvidia 6150 board, but it's not in the configurator yet. I won't be overclocking, but I was thinking of getting the XMS TWINX1024-3200C2 over the ValueSelect due to the better timings. Do you think these will be good on this motherboard at C2? What voltage do these chips like to run at? It seems that the default voltage is 2.55 on that motherboard, though the manual available online isn't correct (it references the onboard ATI graphics, so must have been copied from their RS480 board manual). This board probably doesn't have a ton of control over most settings as it isn't really meant for OCing.


Just to give me some options, would the ValueSelect also be a good choice?




Sorry - just to give more info, this is a socket 939 MB with nvidia's geforce 6150 integrated graphics processor. I'll probably pair it with a San Diego 3700.

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Okay, somewhat related question. Since my last computer lasted me about 4 years, I was thinking I should go big now with 2 gig of memory, since 2x1 is better than starting with 2x512 and trying to upgrade to 4x512 later. (Also leaning towards the X2 3800 for the same reason - should hold up longer before upgrading.)


Now, there's two models on NewEgg that look good - the TWINX2048-3200 and TWINX2048-3200C2. The C2, with rebate, is only a bit more, so it looks like a good deal. However, the specs on NewEgg indicate a voltage of 2.6 for the C3 and 2.75 for the C2 (and the testing params at http://www.houseofhelp.com/forums/showthread.php?t=38150 indicate 2.7x). Now, as indicated above, I'm not sure what range this motherboard supports for voltage.


What exactly do the spec'ed voltages represent? Should that be interpreted as a minimum, maximum, or recommendation? I'm no expert on these things, but I'm guessing lower voltage is better as far as power consumption, memory lifetime, and heat production is concerned. Also, from what I've seen the 3-3-3-8 will only be a bit slower than the 2-3-3-6 (2-5% real world). However, given the small price difference right now, I'd take C2 if it worked fine, especially at 2.6-2.65 if that's all the MB can do. Do you think it will? I'm trying to find out from MSI what the voltage range is on that board.


Sorry for the long post, but I have a bit of analysis paralysis trying to pick out my new components. I gotta think too much about everything. Also, I know it's weird to put an X2 with 2G on a IGP MB, but it's much cheaper than any nForce 4 boards (+ video card) that have firewire (video editing), and it has no fans and has HD audio. I don't really game.

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