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Best gaming RAMs for under 130$?

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July 16, 2013 9:46:35 AM

For 970 or 990FX chipset family and AMD FX-6XXX series processor. What are the best gaming RAMs, preferably not G. Skills (only 1 shop sells them here), for under 130$?

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July 16, 2013 10:02:38 AM

Any DDR3 1600 CL9 1.5V should work fine for you, Crucial and Corsair are good brands. For 8GB (2x4) G.Skill are the cheapish here, then the Corsair......
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9 is real good memory.... $74.99 here
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July 16, 2013 10:04:11 AM

WutdaHug3 said:
For 970 or 990FX chipset family and AMD FX-6XXX series processor. What are the best gaming RAMs, preferably not G. Skills (only 1 shop sells them here), for under 130$?


For under 130$ I would go with either a Crucial Ballistix Ram Or Corsair Vengeance Both High Performance Gaming ram.
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July 16, 2013 10:12:33 AM

Wouldn't 4x2GB be a better combination, quad-channel?
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July 16, 2013 10:18:29 AM

WutdaHug3 said:
Wouldn't 4x2GB be a better combination, quad-channel?


It doesn't matter, It's just 2 more channels either one would be a good choice.
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July 16, 2013 10:22:56 AM

Should I go for tighter timings or higher frequencies?
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July 16, 2013 10:30:29 AM

WutdaHug3 said:
Should I go for tighter timings or higher frequencies?


No, DDR3 1600 CL 9 is fine.

If you get 4x2 you can only add more by replacing, if 2x4 you just need to add.

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July 16, 2013 10:32:42 AM

WutdaHug3 said:
Should I go for tighter timings or higher frequencies?


Well, If you want better SuperPI Times, I would go for Tighter Timings. If you want higher 3DMark Score, I would go for Higher Frequencies. They both perform abot the same.
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July 16, 2013 10:40:28 AM

Lower stock timings = higher OC potential, right?
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July 16, 2013 10:47:52 AM

WutdaHug3 said:
Lower stock timings = higher OC potential, right?


I'm pretty sure but not 100% sure. Are you planning to OC?
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July 16, 2013 11:00:46 AM

Nope, I guess. Well, I don't like those monstrous heat-spreaders, I'll probably go for low profile RAMs.
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July 16, 2013 11:08:19 AM

WutdaHug3 said:
Nope, I guess. Well, I don't like those monstrous heat-spreaders, I'll probably go for low profile RAMs.


So your going for Normal ram and not High performance?
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July 16, 2013 11:17:17 AM

Is it necessary for high performance RAM to have giant heat-spreader, because I'm not even planning to buy RAM cooler?
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July 16, 2013 11:31:02 AM

WutdaHug3 said:
Is it necessary for high performance RAM to have giant heat-spreader, because I'm not even planning to buy RAM cooler?


You don't need to buy a ram cooler for it, The heat spreaders do there job and keep the heat away from the ram chips. If your planning on overclocking your ram or something then I would get a fan for them. But if you have the spare money, Won't hurt to keep your ram extra cool.
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July 16, 2013 11:39:05 AM

WutdaHug3 said:
Lower stock timings = higher OC potential, right?


You say a budget for $130, if you feel faster / lower CL will help then get the fasted you can get for that money.

Will it help your gaming experience, not one bit, zero, goose egg. It will give you bragging rights and nice benchmarks to tell your friends, that is all. What I am trying to get across to you is the smart money go to 1600/9 for the best bang for the buck.

1866 with the prices now a good buy and will give you a bit of overall boost/ CL9, 1600/CL8 is also a nice small step-up. But above that and the money for the performance is not worth it, as the frequencies go up the CL means less.

I think your MB has more to do with OC ability than the memory itself, the power and etch work for timing. That is why it is easier to OC 2 sticks than 4.
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July 16, 2013 11:54:21 AM

DO you want to stay 1.5V or would 1.65V work for you? Most try to stay at 1.5V on Z77 and Z87 MB's, not sure what the 990FX or CPU can handle on voltage.
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July 16, 2013 1:01:28 PM

So as you said that the overpriced RAMs do little to none with game's fps, I've decided to focus on these: http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/partspecs.aspx?imodule=..., decent looking heat-spreader and good price/performance ratio. What do you think? (I would like to stay at 1.5V, makes room for OC in the future.)
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July 16, 2013 1:05:18 PM

WutdaHug3 said:
So as you said that the overpriced RAMs do little to none with game's fps, I've decided to focus on these: http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/partspecs.aspx?imodule=..., decent looking heat-spreader and good price/performance ratio. What do you think? (I would like to stay at 1.5V, makes room for OC in the future.)


Yeah that's what I suggested. For a good price too.
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July 16, 2013 1:31:46 PM

WutdaHug3 said:
So as you said that the overpriced RAMs do little to none with game's fps, I've decided to focus on these: http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/partspecs.aspx?imodule=..., decent looking heat-spreader and good price/performance ratio. What do you think? (I would like to stay at 1.5V, makes room for OC in the future.)


That is a fine choice indeed. The CL8 should give you headroom to OC to 1866 without much fuss. Just a personal preference I like the 1600/8 configuration in memory today.
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July 16, 2013 2:14:20 PM

A'ight guys, thanks for help. I would gladly give karma points to both of you, sadly I can't, so I am going to give them to the most useful post here, which is the one about wisely spent money.
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