This will be my first ever computer build and overclocking so if anyone could clear this up that would really help. I recently picked up 2 X 1gb Patriot Extreme Ram with 4-4-4-12 timings for cheap after rebate. However, they only allow 1 rebate and I wanted to run with 4gb total for Vista 64 bit and gaming. I was thinking about picking up 2 X 1gb of Crucial Ballistix also with 4-4-4-12 timing (also cheap after rebate) so that I can have a total of 4gb. My question is, if I want to overclock my processor but I'm still within the DDR2-800 spec then I shouldnt have any problems since I am using two reputable brands of memory with the same timing? What if I wanted to overclock and am now outside DDR2-800 (possibly DDR2-900 or DDR2-1000)? Forgive me and correct me if i've said anything completely wrong, I'm still learing as I go. I havent bought a processor yet so this question may be moot. I was thinking about and E4400 and thus should easily still be withing DDR2-800 spec but I've read people having problems overclocking new chips to 3ghz (I've posted a question about this in the overclocking forum).
Well, the Crucial is either the same chips as the Patriot or better quality(depending on the revision of your Patriot). I have the Crucial personally, and it worked find at DDR2-960 with 4-4-4-12 timings and DDR2-1000 at 5-5-5-15 timings, all on stock voltage for it. The Patriot might not go as far, but it should still be able to get over DDR2-800 easily.