Please recommend motherboard for >4 gigs RAM

patrick616

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I'm looking into building a new system, and would like to have one that can support more than 4 gigs of memory. I have heard that people often run into problems when trying to use 2 gig memory modules, which would be needed for this amount of memory. Can you recommend a motherboard (and perhaps specific memory to use with it) that would likely work well in this situation? I don't need a motherboard that supports SLI, but I do need RAID 5.
 

chookman

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Most new motherboard now (especially P35 and Nvidia 6 series) support 8Gb of RAM. The issue is usually not with the mainboard but with the OS. I have 4gb RAM installed in my Asus P5B-Deluxe no issues, however, XP SP2 on detects 3Gb and will not map anymore. This is a limitation on the 32Bit instruction. The best work around for this although ive never had the chance to see this working is to goto a 64Bit OS or Vista either Buisness/Ultimate as other vista versions (i believe) also dont support more than 4Gb.

As for memory modules the less the better so if you can get 4gb in 2 sticks is better than 4gb on 4sticks.

RAID 5 is supported by higher end mainboard these days also, although when i build a RAID 5 for myself i got an addon card to do it. This helps with speed, scalability and doesnt rely on the mainboard but rather a dedicated card.

The system that i recently build that would suit you was a Q6600, with 2gb Patriot at 1066Mhz, Asus P5K-E (supports 8Gb), Adaptec 3805 SAS/SATA raid controller, with a 7300Gs (cheapy), 5x500Gb Western digitals in RAID 5.

Hope this helps
 

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