Will my MOBO support a new processor and differnet RAM?

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I think that my MOBO can support this processor, but I just wanted to check.

I currently have a Intel Core 2 Duo E660 2.4GHz, with 2GB DDR2 533MHz RAM (2x1GB).

I want to upgrade to an Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 2.66GHz Quad Core CPU. According to the ASUS website, my computer can support Quad core.

- Support Intel® next generation 45nm Multi-core CPU
- Intel® Quad-Core

I also wondered how much is the maximum RAM my MOBO can support (can I put in 2GB sticks in or just 4x1GB).

- Dual-channel DDR2 800/667/533

All help greatly appriciated in question #1 or #2.


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I have 2 sticks of RAM (2x1GB), which is 2GB.

I need more to match with the processor - I do video editing, high end app. and advanced graphic interlace, so it helps when programs take less time to load.
(if you use things like photoshop, you know what I mean about loading).

Also, it will help with opening files (5GB) on my HDD, instead of getting 2 in RAID.

I just wondered if my MOBO supports 2GB sticks, meaning 8GB in 4 slots.


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Windows XP can theoretically support up to 4gb, in reality, it doesn't support more than 3gb.

So get 2 sticks of 2gb for what you do.


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Your mobo will support up to 8gb of ram. That can only be done with four 2gig sticks (and a 64bit OS.) There are no 2gig memory sticks in the QVL. That mobo will even support 45nm Yorkfield quadcores that will be out this December.


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Yeah found it! Thanks Microb, do you think it's a good MOBO?

CPU LGA775 Socket Intel® Quad-Core/CoreTM Extreme/Pentium D /Pentium 4/Celeron CPU processors
Compatible with Intel® 06/05A/05B processors
Intel® EIST/EM64T/Hyper-Threading Technology/C1E/ TM1/TM2
Support Intel® next generation 45nm Multi-core CPU
* Please update the latest BIOS to support Intel 45nm CPU

Chipset NVIDIA nForce® 650i SLITM
Front Side Bus 1333/1066/800/533MHz
Memory Dual channel memory architecture
4 x 240-pin DIMM sockets support up to 8GB DDR2 800/667/533
non-ECC/ Unbuffered memory
Expansion Slots 2 x PCI Express x16
- Single VGA mode: x16 (Default)
- SLI mode: x8, x8
1 x PCI Express x1
2 x PCI (PCI 2.2)

Storage - 2 x Ultra DMA 133/100/66/33
- 4 x Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s
- Support RAID0, 1, 0+1, 5, and JBOD
- 1 x External Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s (SATA On-the-Go)
LAN Gigabit LAN featuring AI Net2
Marvell 88E1116 PHY

Audio Realtek ALC883 6-channel CODEC
Audio Sensing and Enumeration Technology
1 X Coaxial S/PDIF out ports on back I/O

IEEE 1394 Supports 2 IEEE 1394a connector onboard (1 in back + 1 on board)
USB Supports up 8 USB2.0 ports
Overclocking Features - AI Overclocking (intelligent CPU frequency tuner)
- ASUS CPU Lock Free
- Precision Tweaker:
- vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 6.25mv increment
max. 1.6V
- vChip: 4-step Chip voltage control
adjust Chip voltage max. 0.55V
- vDIMM: 8-step DRAM voltage control
adjust DRAM voltage max. 0.6V
- SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection)
- FSB tuning from 200MHz up to 750MHz at 1MHz increment
- PCI Express frequency tuning from 100MHz up to 131MHz at 1MHz increment
- CPU Multiplier
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

Special Features ASUS Q-Connector
ASUS O.C. Profile
ASUS Fanless Design
ASUS PC Probe2
ASUS MyLogo2
ASUS Update
BIOS 4 Mb Flash ROM, AWARD BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.3
ASUS EZ Flash 2,ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2
Manageability WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0 , WOR by Ring ,
Internal I/O Connectors 1 x 24-pin ATX Power connector
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V Power connector
1 x Chassis Intrusion
1 x CPU + 2 Chassis FAN connectors
1 x Floppy disk drive connector
1 x CD audio in connector
1 x 1394a connector
2 x USB connector supports additional 4 USB ports
1 x Front panel connector (AAFP)
System panel connector
1 x COM Port connector
1 x S/PDIF out connector
Back Panel I/O Ports 1 x Parallel port
1 x 1394a connector
1 x S/PDIF Out port (Coaxial)
1 x PS/2 Keyboard port (purple)
1 x PS/2 Mouse port (green)
1 x LAN(RJ-45) port
4 x USB 2.0/1.1 port
1 x External SATA
6-Channel Audio I/O port
Accessories 1 x SLI bridge
1 x 2-in-1 ASUS Q-Connector Kit (Retail version only)
1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable
1 x FDDe cable
2 x SATA cables
2 x SATA power cable
1 x 2-port USB2.0 module
1 x I/O Shield
User's manual
O/S Compatibility Windows Vista/XP
Support CD Drivers
ASUS Update
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
NVIDIA RIS (Remote Installation Service) application
Form Factor ATX Form Factor, 12”x 9”(30.5cm x 22.9cm)
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