I have been trying to figure out if it is worth the extra few bucks to get 4-4-4-4-12 over 5-5-5-12 memory. I'm looking at either Corsair or OCZ memory, a 2 GB Kit to be precise. Below are some of the kits I've been considering. The majority of the use of the system won't be gaming but I do play the occassional NFS Carbon, Just Cause and Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. No overclocking is desired. The video card I'd have if I got this memory would be an ATI RADEON X1950 Pro PCI-E 256MB. Is it worth the extra bucks to go with a latency of 4 over 5? Any suggestions? Thanks.
Unless you plan to overclock, you won't notice a difference. And even if you do overclock that extra amount that you get with the lower timings won't be very large. Both OCZ and Corsair are good companies, you can't go wrong with either. If I were you I'd personally go with the OCZ with the 4-4-4-12 timings just because it's about the mid-ground of your price range and it has the faster timings.