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Choosing Good Memory

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March 9, 2008 10:38:22 PM

Which ram is better and by how much?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is the MB I plan to use with it - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am aware one is deactivated at newegg, but I found it somewhere else for 85. Is it worth it?

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March 9, 2008 11:16:45 PM

this is what i have now:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and they are just overclocking animals! set them to 5,5,5,15 and you will be able to go up to 500fsb (ddr2 1000) at 2.2volts!

make sure you run memtest86+ 1st to be sure you mem are legit with no errors. the ones you picked are good, but just throwing something else out there and as you can see they are at a good price. better than what i paid for!
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March 9, 2008 11:32:04 PM

^Agreed.

@OP: They are both the same except for timing. You can manually change the timing in the BIOS for either one of them.
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March 9, 2008 11:36:03 PM

but would it put more strain on your MB to change the 4-4-4-12 to match the 4-4-3-5 timing? I am just not very knowledgable about the timing
March 10, 2008 12:11:48 AM

doubletake has posted the better deal, but the memory in your second link is better due to being guaranteed to run the tighter timings (though at higher voltage, IF you raised the voltage on the first linked memory it too might run at tighter timings and/or higher bus speed.

Personally I'd rather have 4GB of mediocre memory than 2GB of fast memory, having another 2GB to cache disk IO so much better makes a system a lot smoother running and enjoyable.
March 10, 2008 12:15:47 AM

Why sit around worrying whether you're going to get burned on a rebate? Well the thing is, you won't get burned on most rebates and there is no need to worry about it because when all is said and done, you still come out financially ahead buying products with rebates even if a small percentage of them don't get paid. Just don't try put yourself in a bind needing any given rebate to come in, in order to pay bills any given week or month.

March 10, 2008 2:32:31 AM

Ballistix all the way.
March 10, 2008 2:46:10 AM

can you use 4gb of memory on a 32bit system?
March 10, 2008 8:15:09 PM

Yes, Just won't see all of it.
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