I am planning on getting a Core 2 Duo E6600 chip, and in the future overclocking it. I am planning on buying 2 gigs of ddr2 800 ram, yet am unsure of which type (CAS and manufacturer) to purchase. Would it really be worth roughly the extra 70 dollars extra for CAS 4 memory, which would yield much higher overclocking results or is CAS 5 alright?
My budget is 250 for memory, but it would be great if I could save the extra money to use towards better speakers.
If you guys think CAS 4 is definitely the way to go, I am undecided between three brands and types.
as far as im aware the cas rating of the ram will not affect the overclocking potental for similar quality units, however it will make a diference to the speed of your rig under all conditions. At ddr 800 speed it makes a diference of 1.25 nano seconds to the time it takes to make the data avalable on the bus to whatever requesteed it (infavour of cas 4 over cas 5). All though that sounds like naff all it all ads up and data intensive aplications will notice the diference.
i'm building a similar box and am planning to go with corsair xms ddr2 800 cas5 memory. i doubt i would ever see realworld performance diff of lower latency... but that's just my personal opinion, not a fact or even a suggestion. but it is certainly ~$80 difference and for other components it might be a better investment for performance/size/power etc.