What Memory should i buy right now?

Hi All,
I bought a Gigabyte 965P DS3, E6400 and 2x 512 Corsair XMS2 4 4 4 12 last year, then later bought another set of the same memory when i had some more cash! I'd like to get a new main board early next year (Gigabyte again i think) and CPU, but right now i'm looking to get 4 gig of ram while the prices are low so i can install Vista 64 bit in duel boot.

My question is, what ram should i buy? Any real winners, best bang for buck etc??
So many brands and so much i don't really understand about it.

Also would i be daft this time round to get 4x 1 gig and use up all my slots or is it unlikely that i'm going to need 8 gig before i move on to DDR3 when the prices are right in another year or so?

I will be overclocking.

Thanks for your advice, always appreciated.
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  1. tricky trees said:
    Hi All,
    I bought a Gigabyte 965P DS3, E6400 and 2x 512 Corsair XMS2 4 4 4 12 last year, then later bought another set of the same memory when i had some more cash! I'd like to get a new main board early next year (Gigabyte again i think) and CPU, but right now i'm looking to get 4 gig of ram while the prices are low so i can install Vista 64 bit in duel boot.

    My question is, what ram should i buy? Any real winners, best bang for buck etc??
    So many brands and so much i don't really understand about it.

    Also would i be daft this time round to get 4x 1 gig and use up all my slots or is it unlikely that i'm going to need 8 gig before i move on to DDR3 when the prices are right in another year or so?

    I will be overclocking.

    Thanks for your advice, always appreciated.


    Transcend AxeRam DDR2800 is about $70 for 2 GB and they use Micron D9 ICs (I think GMH variants). They run at 1.8v 4-4-4-12. I have these in my PC right now running at rated speed til I spring for some Ballistix.

    Crucial Ballistix DDR21066 is $115 for 2 GB and run at 2.2v 5-5-5-15.

    Those would be my top choices. I'll be picking up the Ballistix and trying to get 1200 MHz out of them.
  2. That's about the amount i was thinking of spending, around 200-250 dollars for 4 gig.

    A shop near me are stocking Geil at the moment, any thoughts on this make?
  3. tricky trees said:
    That's about the amount i was thinking of spending, around 200-250 dollars for 4 gig.

    A shop near me are stocking Geil at the moment, any thoughts on this make?


    None really.. never used them.. If they have DDR21066 that has pretty good specs they might not be a bad idea.
  4. I've had a look at some reviews of the Crucial ram you mentioned and there all good, so i think i'll head into town and see what the prices are saying?
    Nice one for the advice cnumartyr.
  5. tricky trees said:
    I've had a look at some reviews of the Crucial ram you mentioned and there all good, so i think i'll head into town and see what the prices are saying?
    Nice one for the advice cnumartyr.


    Np glad I could help! Hope it works for ya.
  6. Ya I agree I have 2gb 1066 ballistix and they run at 1000 with 4-4-4-12
    timings on stock volts (2.2). with just alittle over volting you can get sick speeds out of this ram
  7. Well, for cheap 4 gigs, get 2 of these 2x$49.99, (save the money towards DD3 next year),
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145015

    Here's my summary and review,

    Summary
    I got 2 kits and received the Promos ICs (XMS5402v7.1). I placed them in my new Asus Maximus Formula mobo (2 sticks at a time in the white slots), and they did DDR-1066 (4 hour prime v25.5 stable), at 6,5,5,15 with 2.2v (asus probe 2 sees 2.26v).

    I have 4 sticks in an ASUS Maximus Formula at DDR2-900 with Q6600 B3 3.3 prime stable. I'm very happy. My B3 did 3.6 at 450x8 and DDR2-900 (5,5,5,15), prime stable. Superpi was 14.555s.

    Testing proves the following with this memory in an Asus Maximus Formula with Q6600 B3 (stock intel heatsink and a 120mm fan on the memory - open case).

    DDR2-667 at 3,2,2,6 (2 sticks)
    DDR2-800 at 4,3,3,9 (2 sticks)
    DDR2-900 at 5,4,4,12 (4 sticks tested)
    DDR2-1002 at 6,5,5,15 (prime stable)
    DDR2-1066 at 6,5,5,15 (4hr prime stable)

    with cpuid validation of DDR2-800 at:
    http://valid.x86-secret.com/show_oc.php?id=259582

    and cpuid validation of DDR2-1002 at:
    http://valid.x86-secret.com/show_oc.php?id=259481

    And cpuid validation of DDR2-1066 at
    http://valid.x86-secret.com/show_oc.php?id=259493
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