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July 18, 2013 1:47:04 PM

I am new to building computers and I was looking for some ideas on what RAM to get for my system. Looking to spend under 200$. So whats the best bang for my buck out there fellas!!

Processor- i7-4770k
MB- GIGABYTE|GA-Z87X-UD4H
PSU- 750W
Graphics Card- EVGA GeForce GTX760 SuperClocked (http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-SuperClocked-Dual-Link-Graph...)

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July 18, 2013 2:02:35 PM

so when it says the speed is 1600 MHZ vs 2400 MHZ, what really does that impact?
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July 18, 2013 2:06:03 PM

BlakeDawg said:
so what's the difference between that and this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


dude, yoiu need to look at the timings as well as clock speed. Get the G-Skill ripjaws for performance greater than the silly corsair vengeance at a cheaper price too. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I still dont understand corsair ram. I mean sure it runs slower, has a higher pricetag, and has a smaller warranty than g-skill....but..... oh wait.....
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July 18, 2013 2:14:51 PM

Chaos2Theory said:
BlakeDawg said:
so what's the difference between that and this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


dude, yoiu need to look at the timings as well as clock speed. Get the G-Skill ripjaws for performance greater than the silly corsair vengeance at a cheaper price too. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I still dont understand corsair ram. I mean sure it runs slower, has a higher pricetag, and has a smaller warranty than g-skill....but..... oh wait.....



for only 10$ more why not! keep the ideas comin guys... i value all opinions.
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July 18, 2013 2:20:49 PM

Do you actually need 16gb of ram? Are you finding 8gb isn't enough? (supposed I should ask what capacity you are using now) Lets be frank, if its just gaming/browsing/etc. basically anything non high end photoshop/blender/video editting/VMs then you will see no performance increase at all. (unless for whatever reason you are running out of ram. Though I fail to do so with 8gb atm.

Comes down to a question of what do you actually need. Could save you 50-70 bucks.
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July 18, 2013 2:28:19 PM

BlackDawg - what all do you do with your rig, (nice by the way), am guessing it will be gaming? video/image work? normal everyday surfing (multiple windows/tabs), WP etc.......info would be nice to have, before yelling get this, get that, etc....so sense in wasting money, and no sense in not buying enough of what you REALLY need....
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July 18, 2013 3:16:28 PM

Tradesman1 said:
BlackDawg - what all do you do with your rig, (nice by the way), am guessing it will be gaming? video/image work? normal everyday surfing (multiple windows/tabs), WP etc.......info would be nice to have, before yelling get this, get that, etc....so sense in wasting money, and no sense in not buying enough of what you REALLY need....


Mainly gaming, normal everyday surfing, down the line (when i get a real job in a year or 2 (just finishing college)) some CAD work. ...all im trying to do is prevent from having to switch from 2x4 to 2x8 if i do decide to upgrade later on... cuz isnt 2x8 better than having 4x4?

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July 18, 2013 3:28:44 PM

2x8GB would be the way to go I think, especially if thinking CAD and yes 2x8GB is better than 4x4GB, less stress on the MC (memory controller)....I'd look to 1866/2133, the Trident 2400 mentioned earlier is a great set (what I run in 32GB), thought ther's also the 2133 set in CL9, and and 1866 set in CL8, believe $5 and $10 cheaper respectfully and either will easily OC a step or two at a lower cost if budget is an issue. If so maybe something like the Snipers 1866/CL9 at $135.....any of which should keep you going and happy for a couple years, which by then will prob be ready to upgrade for work and DDR4 will be the new standard then
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July 18, 2013 4:00:25 PM

What's CL? and whats the main difference between CL 10,9, and 8?
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July 18, 2013 5:05:36 PM

CL is CAS latency, and think of it (simplified) as the amount of time to complete an action, so if it were seconds the lower CL of 8 means in 8 seconds, which is faster than 9 or 10 seconds
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July 18, 2013 7:32:27 PM

Tradesman1 said:
2x8GB would be the way to go I think, especially if thinking CAD and yes 2x8GB is better than 4x4GB, less stress on the MC (memory controller)....I'd look to 1866/2133, the Trident 2400 mentioned earlier is a great set (what I run in 32GB), thought ther's also the 2133 set in CL9, and and 1866 set in CL8, believe $5 and $10 cheaper respectfully and either will easily OC a step or two at a lower cost if budget is an issue. If so maybe something like the Snipers 1866/CL9 at $135.....any of which should keep you going and happy for a couple years, which by then will prob be ready to upgrade for work and DDR4 will be the new standard then


Ok, I don't know if im getting more confused or learning more :)  so what do the numbers mean (like 2400/2133/1866/1600) is that something to do with speed? What's the main difference between them? and if you were me with my current build and you had about 150ish$ to spend what RAM would you get.

Thanks for the help.

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July 18, 2013 7:52:15 PM

The freq - the big numbers is how fast the DRAM runs

1333 1600 1866 2133 2400 2666 2800

The CL or CAS latency is how long it takes for the DRAM to complete an action so the lower the CL the better - when looking for DRAM want the best combo of the two you can get for performance DRAM at a given freq I start looking at

1333/7 1600/7 1866/8 2133/9 2400/10 2666/11 2800/12

Generally stock DRAM can be found as 1333/1600 with CL9 1866/2133 at CL 10 and 2400/CL11 higher CL12

As the freq goes up the amount of DRAM that can be processed in an action also increases 1600 is rated to handle up to 12,800 M/T a second, 1866 handles up to 14, 900, 2133 does up to 17,000

So as freq goes up you can process more DRAM per action in an amount of time equal to the CL as an example of 2133 at 17,000 with a CL of 10 in 90 seconds it could process 153,000 while with a CL or 9 could do 170,000....of course this is very simplified and we aren't talking seconds but it sort of give you an idea (I hope ;)  )
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July 18, 2013 7:57:13 PM

Tradesman1 said:
The freq - the big numbers is how fast the DRAM runs

1333 1600 1866 2133 2400 2666 2800

The CL or CAS latency is how long it takes for the DRAM to complete an action so the lower the CL the better - when looking for DRAM want the best combo of the two you can get for performance DRAM at a given freq I start looking at

1333/7 1600/7 1866/8 2133/9 2400/10 2666/11 2800/12

Generally stock DRAM can be found as 1333/1600 with CL9 1866/2133 at CL 10 and 2400/CL11 higher CL12

As the freq goes up the amount of DRAM that can be processed in an action also increases 1600 is rated to handle up to 12,800 M/T a second, 1866 handles up to 14, 900, 2133 does up to 17,000

So as freq goes up you can process more DRAM per action in an amount of time equal to the CL as an example of 2133 at 17,000 with a CL of 10 in 90 seconds it could process 153,000 while with a CL or 9 could do 170,000....of course this is very simplified and we aren't talking seconds but it sort of give you an idea (I hope ;)  )



Dude all I know is that you have been a huge help! I just stumbled upon this website when googling stuff, and its been very useful so far!!

So if you were me with my build and looking for the best bang for my buck RAM with around 100-200$ to spend what would you get?
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July 18, 2013 8:04:06 PM

With your rig I'd prob go 2x8GB Tridents 2400 @ $170

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

Love these, am running 32GB on my Z77
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July 18, 2013 8:09:51 PM

Tradesman1 said:
With your rig I'd prob go

2x8GB Tridents 2400 @ $170

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

Love these, am running 32GB on my Z77


That's what I was leaning too after what you said earlier... you don't make moderator on here without knowing a bunch of stuff :)  Thanks for your help man!

Now if only amazon had it in their stock for the same price! ... I have about 500$ in Amazon credit from selling back textbooks :) 
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July 18, 2013 9:11:50 PM

Well, the mod thing surprised me, only been here 6 weeks, but spend a lot of time on the forum while working on rigs....not much to do while Memtest, virus/Malware scans, etc are running...the forums help me keep up on all the hardware out there, and GSkill is my favorite brand of DRAM, been using them for years, am an Admin on their forums
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July 18, 2013 9:14:32 PM

Tradesman1 said:
Well, the mod thing surprised me, only been here 6 weeks, but spend a lot of time on the forum while working on rigs....not much to do while Memtest, virus/Malware scans, etc are running...the forums help me keep up on all the hardware out there, and GSkill is my favorite brand of DRAM, been using them for years, am an Admin on their forums



oh shoot that reminds me... I'm gonna need some kick ass virus protection on my rig.
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July 18, 2013 9:17:27 PM

Unless you have a favorite, might just try the Free version of AVG, I stick that and the Free MalwareBytes on all my builds, it's also what I run on my rigs
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July 20, 2013 10:58:18 AM

BlakeDawg said:
Tradesman1 said:
Well, the mod thing surprised me, only been here 6 weeks, but spend a lot of time on the forum while working on rigs....not much to do while Memtest, virus/Malware scans, etc are running...the forums help me keep up on all the hardware out there, and GSkill is my favorite brand of DRAM, been using them for years, am an Admin on their forums



oh shoot that reminds me... I'm gonna need some kick ass virus protection on my rig.


However, if you need a really great/kick-ass antivirus, i would suggest going with webroot secure anywhere protection.

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