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March 30, 2013 7:01:53 PM

I am building a computer that will be used for soldidworks and ProE (3D CAD) and gaming.

I currently have the following CPU, GPU, and Motherboard.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i7-3770K-Quad-Core-Processo...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I was thinking of getting 8gb (2x4gb) of memory. I was told that brand does matter, and that i should be looking at either Corsair vengeance or dominator.

Is this an appropriate quantity of memory and what should i be considering when comparing memory?

Why does,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... cost $25 less then http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... even though the CAS is 1 lower and the timing is the same?

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March 30, 2013 7:43:12 PM

Brand DOES NOT MATTER (at least not much). I'd go for 2x8GB if using CAD tools, and CL9, DDR3-1600, 1.5V.
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March 30, 2013 7:50:41 PM

Someone Somewhere said:
Brand DOES NOT MATTER (at least not much). I'd go for 2x8GB if using CAD tools, and CL9, DDR3-1600, 1.5V.


Please elaborate a little more. How is it that you know brand does not matter, and why do you suggest that quantity? I am looking for reasoning with the advice so that i can hopefully make an informed decision.
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March 30, 2013 8:18:45 PM

All the brands use much the same manufacturers (very few are OEMs) - exactly who soldered them to the PCBs and who made the actual chips doesn't change much. The only real difference is binning, default rates, the heat spreaders, and branding.

If using cad tools you may want 16GB - not certain, up to you.

Getting any faster (lower number) than CAS Latency 9 (CL9) increases price significantly without doing much to the speed. Same for going above DDR3-1600.

Using more than 1.5V RAM is dangerous to Intel's IMCs (Integrated Memory Controllers), and voids your warranty.

I'd suggest this (8GB): http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmz8gx3m2a1...
or this(16GB): http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-memory-bls2kit8g3d...
And I'd go for something other than an XFX for the GPU: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-111971...

Just recommendations though.
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