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OKAY. I'm going to go ahead and get a new motherboard from newegg. The problem I am having is with RAM types and slots and all that jargon.

Currently I have 1 GB (2x512mb) of Super-Talent DDR400 RAM. When I get a new motherboard, I want to have the option of using this RAM, and possibly upgrading to DDR2 RAM. In other words, I want a motherboard with 2 DDR and 2 DDR2 slots. Now...I know you can't use DDR and DDR2 together...and...that's about it. I don't know much about RAM.

I also would like a PCI-E slot instead of AGP.

My question is: Will any motherboard with a DDR2 slot accept any type of DDR2 memory that will fit? Does the number like 667 or whatever mean anything? In other words, so long as it's a DDR2 motherboard and you have DDR2 memory, it'll work, right? I have seen on some of the product descriptions on newegg that it says "DDR2 Standard" and then it has DDR2 and a number. Does that mean that any DDR2 memory with a lower number than they have stated will not work?

*edit* I almost forgot, I have an Intel Pentium D 805 CPU. I guess I need LGA775, right?

Also, my budget is about 120 USD. Could some pleaaaase show me a motherboard that will work with what I have asked? Or possible tell me what I need to know to make a wise decision on a motherboard?


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Ahhhh both of those look like great boards... but are those my only options? I was hoping for a PCI-E board only...and maybe SATA 3.0... I was also hoping to buy one that was a little higher-end, maybe in the 100 USD range... I appreciate your time and effort though, but are those my only options?

I think I have abandoned the idea of trying to use my old memory, I will just be getting some DDR2 667 memory. I like both of these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16813138276
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131538

Those are good boards, correct? I know both Biostar and Asus are good companies that have been around for a long while... if you had to choose one or the other, which would you choose?
 

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Those were the only boards that suited your criteria, I cannot say much about the biostar board, as I'm not familiar with them, but I am with Asus, and they do make excellent boards. For your new specs, the price does pose a challenge, but do look at these.....http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131030
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131032
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131048
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813121035
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813127005
You'll have to choose between them, some offer a better upgrade path than others based on the chipset....unfortunately much of the boards in your price range are of the 945 chipset....not bad, but may not allow for future upgrades to the cpu....the 965 chipsets should have more flexability....albeit, for a bit more. I'd look at Asus/Intel mobos and maybe some Abit and gigabytes as well....many of the forum members here discuss those mfg's quite frequently in ref to their good quality.....I personally only ever really deal with Asus or Intel, though I have no objections to Abit
P.S. please be aware that mamy of these mobo's will only work with memory that have spesific voltage and timmings....you'll find that info under the specs in the newegg links....its quite common, and much of the ddr2 memory out there complies
 

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Thanks a bunch! Was there something wrong with the Asus board I showed? I am not looking to upgrade my CPU for a very long time. I want to stick with what I have regarding that.

This is the memory I will be buying:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16820227118

Does this memory comply with most motherboards? I don't really know much about it. I cannot find voltage ratings on newegg. Also, I am not totally sure that the timings would matter, I know that people put different RAM in their original motherboard and such. But please, tell me...I am in the dark here...
 

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Actually there is nothing wrong with the Asus mobo you linked to....just giving you more options. On the right hand side of the mobo listing you will see a tab for spesifications....click on it and see if the mobo has a note about memory. The P5LD does not have any warnings about memory so you should be fine with what you selected. Mixing ram mfg's and modules is usually not a good idea....keep that in mind should you ever want to upgrade in the future.
 
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