I have really tried to do my research. RAM is the one aspect of my system that I will be building I am undecided on. I have read about timing and clock speeds and their importance when overclocking. I am completely new to building and will be to overclocking. I plan to use this system for gaming exclusively and learning how to overclock. The following will be my rig I decided on with the budget I had ($1000).
1. Please help me choose the best RAM brand, latancy, and clock speed. 2. Please help me decide how much RAM 4gb or 8gb I will need with Vista Home Premium 64bit
Asus P45 Pro E8400 Sapphire 4850 GPU Corsair 750 PSU
Help/Advice very much appreciated!
More aboutreally advice
1. Just go for regular DDR2 800 or 1066 Mhz ram. Many tests have shown that expensive über ram doesn't improve performance all that much. Personally I prefer the Corsair and Kingston brands.
2. 4 GB of ram is more than enough. 8 GB is overkill, unless you're doing intensive HD video editing, or are working with a 3D application to render scenes with millions and millions of polygons (like 3DSMax or XSI)
I use Mushkin DDR2 800, but its running Q6600. I'd go with CL4 memory on the DDR2 800. Above that (1066), you have ta buy/use CL5 memory if you plan on going @/over 500mhz bus.
Look into what memory manufacturers your motherboard supports, then choose good memory from there. There are plenty of good brands out there.
I have never had any trouble with Corsair, Crucial, and OCZ.
I am probably going to go with the Corsair Dominator
Agree with above. 4Gb of DDR2 800 4-4-4-X is what you need. Corsair's Dominator line has nice cooling but is way overpriced. Just get the cheapest 2x2Gb kit you can find from G-Skill, Patriot, OCZ, Corsair, Mushkin, Crucial, Geil or Super Talent.
4 Gig is more than enough. I run Crysis at High with 2 Gigs of RAM with the page file disabled! But then again, I'm using XP and running the game at 800x600 cuz it becomes unplayable at anything higher with my ATI X1600 Pro...