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Building a new gaming rig based on the Asus Blitz Extreme and e6850 CPU and Vista 64. What is the best OC'g DDR3 ram and will 4 gigs hurt performance vs 2gigs (remember the old DDR2 boards that would only run T2 timings with 4 slots populated). It appears the various board reviews are using ram that is not out yet and at better timings than I can find to purchase?? Any suggestions appreciated.
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Building a gaming rig with Vista 64 is not the way I would go at this time. I dual boot between XP and VISTA 32 and will use the VISTA 32 for DX 10 games while dropping to XP for any other games as XP is a far more robust system for gaming vs Vista.

 

I have a friend here in Vancouver, BC, Canada who works for EA Arts on Sanderson Way in Burnaby. He is a motion capture operator and I have visited him there. During coffee sessions I have learned that 2GB is more than enough for this game and it will be out sometime September/December.

 

http://www.crysis-online.com/Information/System%20Requirements/

 

When I test my 8800GTX Superclocked in XP vs VISTA 32 on 3DMark06 I found a considerable score lowering. Since there is, at this time, very limited testing on DirectX 10, the testing has been in VISTA 32/64 in DirectX 9c.

 

I will await 45nm Intel Nehalem for DDR3. A new board form factor and chipset will by then, have the timing issues dealt with somewhat, and there should (hopefully) be a more robust driver and OS by then. I am not sure that VISTA 64 will be picked for gaming rigs for quite some time yet.

 

This is my personal view at any rate.

 

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Appreciate your comments. The reason I am considering Vista (or a dual OS system) is here. http://www.anandtech.com/systems/showdoc.aspx?i=3060 and the 2 gig limitation with XP.

 

Realize that Vista is not prime for game speed now, but anticipate improvement by early next year. Gave a lot of thought about waiting until 45nm Intel Nehalem for DDR3 and still may since could build a low cost interim solution using the e6850 for dual core games with DDR2. However, using the Quad Core extreme the end of this year and then picking up the later incarnations of Nehalem later on would give me some serious gaming power for the next few months. You are very right about DDR3 being a better option with the Nehalem introductions because of price and improved performance. I may wait and build then. Will see how Bio shock plays on my current system first. Thanks again.

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Appreciate your comments. The reason I am considering Vista (or a dual OS system) is here. http://www.anandtech.com/systems/showdoc.aspx?i=3060 and the 2 gig limitation with XP.

 

The 2 gig limitation is NOT for xp, it is a limitation for 32 bit operating systems. Vista 32 bit has that same limitation and XP pro 64 bit can run above 2 gigs of RAM.

 

I'm not sure, but I think the limit might actually be 3 gigs, or anything under 4. Logically, the amount of memory you can address with a 32 bit number = 2 raised to the power 32 bytes ~ 4*10^9 bytes or 4 GB. Of course, this is a vast oversimplification, I don't know if it applies in practice.

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The prior two articles on the same subject (http://www.anandtech.com/showdoc.aspx?i=3044&p=3 ,http://www.anandtech.com/showdoc.aspx?i=3034) indicate it is not the addressing problem of the ram thats affecting the gaming and you are right the 64 XP resolves the issue too. Really want to start using Vista DX10 to see how it affects Bioshock and Crysis later. A dual Boot OS system probably is the only way to go?

 

Will see how the FX 57 system handles BioShock today before I decide anything.

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Turned out the FX57 rig plays BioShock just fine. All right hand option settings to high at 1600x1200 resos. Plays fast and CPU staying relatively cool. Vid card runs 75-80C but not unusual for graphic intensive applications. Guess can wait for awhile to build a new system.
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