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What ram do i choose for my new core i7 system

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December 17, 2008 1:32:31 AM

I'm kinda in a rush,as i'm acctualy 10 clicks away from ordering a new pc, hoping i'll recive it before x-mas eve!

So I was wonder,what kinda ram do i pick :

1. OCZ Platinum XTC DDR3 1333MHz 6GB KIT (3x Platinum Z3 XTC 2GB, CL7-7-7-20, 1.65 Volts, 240pin)

2. OCZ DDR3 6 GB Gold XTC 1600MHz (3x 2048 MB, CL 8-8-8-24 v1.65)

3. OCZ DDR3 6 GB Intel® Extreme Low-Voltage (PC3-10666 3x2048MB 1333MHz. (

from cheapest to most expensive, price diffrence isn't huge.
Anyways i'll mostly use the PC for gaming, and i might clock it abit.

And this is where my dilemma comes into play,because i'm ordering from 1 store and they are building it for me (Part of the "deal" they gave me). And basiclly it only contains the 2 first rams, and my question is does it make a huge diffrence whether the ram is 1.65 or 1.5 (Low-voltage ram)?

I know it might for the extreme overclockers and such, but i'm not that type. I might overclock it abit tho, and i know the max voltage is 1.65 on the core i7 x58 chipset systems.

So how bad is it to choose a 1.65v ram over a 1.5v ram? And if i absolutely wanna overclock it,can't the ram just be 1600mhz instead of 1333mhz? (Option 2 instead if nr1).

Sorry for the terrible english, and sorry for being a total noob at this :( 

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December 17, 2008 12:08:48 PM

In My Humble Opinion... For a home user, memory performance on an I7 system is going to be a non-issue. So I wouldn't worry about it much, to be blunt.

If you need more than that to make a decision: All things being equal, tighter timings are better. Lower Voltage at the same (*tight) timings is better.

I see you chose OCZ - I can't argue with that. :D  The absolute best place to go for information on their stuff is directly to them. Their forums are handled by OCZ empolyees who know their stuff.