AMD Phenom II 965 X4 Black Edition /w G.SKILL Sniper DDR3 2400

Hey guys, I'm ordering some new hardware for my gaming rig. I've been trying to research the info I've been looking for myself, but I can't seem to find it. Hopefully someone here will be able to help though. Here's the old rig for background info.

Mobo: ASUS M4A77D
CPU: AMD Phenom II 965 X4 Black Edition
GPU: Geforce 9800GT Eco Friendly Edition
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline (2 x 1GB) DDR2
HDDs: Hitachi 250GB 7200RPM + WD 500GB 7200RPM + WD Green 2TB 5200 RPM
PSU: Dead Antec 550w
OS: Win 7 Ultimate SP1

I've ordered some new hardware from Newegg. Here's the links;
(All three items in transit at the moment)

I'm aware that I won't be able to get the full speed out of my RAM due to my CPUs memory controllers, but just how high will I be able to set them? Does anyone have any info or experience with setting RAM speeds past the memory controllers recommended speeds? Some insight would be nice.

Thanks for reading!
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    Any particular reason you want the RAM that high? RAM past 1600MHz without the use of an APU has negligable performance gains and has the chance to fry your stick(s). Also, even if you wanted to overclock your RAM past 1600MHz it would be impossible to overcome your CPU's memory limitations because all data passes through your CPU on its way to the RAM :)
  2. I wanted to get sort of "future proof" RAM so I wouldn't have to upgrade in a short amount of time. Though, they could just make DDR4 or something along those lines and my efforts would've been for nothing. It seems I'm going to have to entirely rebuild my rig unfortunately. I'll just add a new, more updated processor to the list of parts to buy.

    I'm still open to opinions about going beyond the recommended memory controller speed. It may be a short while until I get a new processor.
  3. DDR4 is expected to be released soon, however keep in mind that for normal use / gaming you won't need great RAM, in fact old DDR2 RAM still works fine for gaming. If you want to future proof your build, buy MORE ram instead of overlocking it. You'd get a much better "future proof" there.
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