I’m out shopping for a new motherboard/CPU/RAM. I started looking at the Asus P5Q as a good place to start since it matches most/all of what I’d want (I’ll be putting in a Core2Quad CPU). I’m avoiding SLI and Crossfire because I’m unlikely to go that route (considering that I’ve had a SLI board for years and never used it). So, this mobo allows up to 16 GB dual-channel DDR2, which is what I want because I intended to get 4 GB modules (2x to start). Unfortunately, the QVL doesn’t list any 4 GB modules (dual-channel or otherwise) other than two Samsung modules (a DDR2 800 and DDR2 667 one). Admittedly, I’m not an expert at creating mobo/memory configurations, but I’m wondering if there’s a reason that they’d have a 16 GB advertised but have practically nothing that they “qualify” as being able to make up 16 GB in dual-channel mode? I feel like I’m missing a clue to how these configurations should go. Can I just ignore the list and get something that works? Although, I have to admit that finding 4GB modules is tough (I’m in Canada, if that makes a difference).
On the otherhand, perhaps I should ask for advice on a mobo that supports up to 16 GB DDR2 in dual-channel and has a selection of good 4 GB modules that are “qualified”. Is looking for future-proofing the system up to 16 GB asking too much right now? I like it to last about 3 years before doing mobo/CPU/RAM upgrades.