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I'm looking to build a new multimedia system and just wanted to check that you could put faster RAM into a slower slot. The motherboard I'm getting is PC6400/PC8500 and the RAM is PC12800
I'm not looking to overclock or anything, just normal stuff.
RAM will scale to what your system is capable of as it is the system BUS that determines the speed.
So I'm assuming that it can scale down, but not up (without overclocking)?
Yes. For instance, I have a laptop that can take up to PC-2100 (yes, it's a bit old...). I needed to replace the chip but PC-2700 was far cheaper. The RAM works fine - the system just runs it at the slower PC-2100 speed.
NB: that is one expensive motherboard! Not that I'm familiar with Zacate boards. I assume that the price is due to the miniITX form factor. Is that essential for your build?
Its a mobo with onboard processor and some very nice onboard features. Main point is that it's cooled without a fan as my current Media box is far too noisy with one.
I've also ordered a stupidly small case too for it which has a fanless PSU.
Only downside is that I'll need an external DVD drive to work with it - one of the slim ones only costs Â£20-30 and doesn't make a lot of noise.
Credit to dabs - case, mobo (with processor), ram, HDD, and external DVD drive for just over Â£300 is superb!
I love the idea of something that small, especially if it's pretty much silent. Taking it to a bit of an extreme, I was really taken with this (http://www.bit-tech.net/modding/2010/12/24/mod-of-the-year-2010/10) although I would never have the time to put in the work required!
[edit: found the build log (http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=184073). Some of the other "Mods of the Year" are truly horrendous!]
They make amazing HTPC's I've got one hidden behind my LCD with a Blu-Ray drive it has no issue with 1080p video and is good fun for some old basic games with emulators.