These seem to be the best options available to me.
The other relevant components of the system will be as follows:
Scythe Ninja Plus Rev. B CPU cooler
Corsair CMPSU-620HX power supply
Antec P182 case
I am looking to have the highest stable overclock I can manage. That is, I would sacrifice the ultimate overclock, allowable by my components, for excellent stability. My main use of this computer will be software development combined with occasional gaming. I should also note that I pretty inexperienced when it comes to overclocking but I am researching hard.
I have not yet set an overclocking goal but a 1 GHz overcock above the 2.4 would be pretty cool (although I am willing to admit that may be naive).
Accordingly, should I purchase the OCZ PC2-8000 1000 Mhz with the more relaxed timings (5-5-5) or is this overkill for what I am shooting for in that I would benefit better from the tighter latency (4-4-4-15) on the OCZ PC2-6400 Reaper?
My basic understanding of overclocking suggests that maybe I should go with the PC2-6400 and get the benefit of the tighter timings since a 3.4 Ghz overclock would only require that the RAM run at ~755 Mhz.
To show how I got that number I divided a potential overclocking goal (3400 MHz) by the clock multiplier (9) and then doubled (DDR2). Is this reasoning sound?
Further, is my goal of 3.4 GHz for my overclocking goal off the mark for a stable system? Should I be aiming higher or lower?
Thanks to anyone in advance for helping me out with this. I would really appreciate some input.