How much do I need to pay for overclockable 2 gig ram anyway?
I'm sitting here, looking at a webshop with:
CORSAIR DDR2 KIT 2X1GB 800MHZ HEAT SPRE ,
product code: TWIN2X2048-6400
They go off for 207€, which should roughly translate to the same value in $ if we consider everything is more expensive over here =)
Now, are these ok for a E6600 based system? I would like to get the poor processor OC'ed in due time, but I'm not a hardcore, so I will suffice with less.
Will it do what I want it to do? Run smoothly, even if I overclock, or do I need even more expensive RAM to actually OC at all?
That was the RAM i was looking at (well actually the C4 version). It looks like decent RAM from the reviews and Corsair has a good reputation. You could get RAM with tighter timings but i dont think it matters too much as Intel has done a great job with C2D memory prefetchers which means it works great with even crap RAM. C2D at stock uses DDRII-533 (266FSB) as i am sure you know. DDRII-800 should give you plenty of headroom to OC up to 9*400FSB=3.6Ghz on the E6600 or higher if your lucky. You could get away with some Value RAM if you want on the Conroe but make sure its from a respected brand and also you might scarifice some Oc potential. Heres a review on DDRII Ram for the C2D that might interest you -> Linky
Yes, I shoudl have summarised that better. DDR2-800 is nice to have but not necessary at all. Intersetingly from the Anandtech review I linked too the value DDR2-533 and 667 could all OC to 800 levels with good timings .
First... Corsair is the best. Their RMA policy is quick and easy. Lifetime warranty buddy. Can't go wrong w/ Corsair.
Second, DDR800 isn't necessary for C2D. However, you might want to get DDR800 and keep it for future use. Undoubtedly, future generations of Core will have a higher bus speed. If you get DDR800 now, you have a better upgrade path. (unless of course a new form of DDR is introduced... but it doesn't look like DDR3 is going to hit the streets anytime soon).
Thirdly, DDR800 is great for overclocking. Esp. if you're going for a lower clocked C2D like the 6300 or 6400.