I'm going to be building a WinXP-based PC that'll be built around the ATI AIW 9800 Pro. So far, I've got these components laid out for it
OS: Windows XP Professional SP2
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E7600
Motherboard: ASRock 775i65G R3.0
HDD: Seagate BarraCuda 3.5" 2TB
Graphics Card: ATI All in Wonder 9800 Pro
Sound Card: Turtle Beach Santa Cruz
PSU: Corsair SF450 Gold
The only thing left to choose from is the RAM. Since the motherboard only supports up to DDR 400 2GB, would a modern make/model be a good choice or would I need one from the 2000s?
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For this mainboard, it has to be DDR2 RAM. The remaining specs of the RAM are backwards compatible (for example, the mainboard may run the RAM at a lower clock speed than what it may be able to do).
A modern one would not work because they are all DDR4 and DDR3.
So after some research I found that there were in fact a few oddball mainboards that would use DDR RAM despite having a 775 socket CPU (unusual and outdated for that time!). So yeah, you need DDR RAM.
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