Recommended Memory for GA-EP45-UD3P

Can anyone recommend a memory that's around $60? I want it to be 4GB (2x2gb), also is this motherboard good with let's say 6-8GB of ram? I might want to put more in later on.

Also any tips on how to keep my motherboard from messing up would be nice, I keep reading reviews of how motherboards mess up in a few months, or even weeks, if that happens I would be really pissed.

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  1. 8GB of G.Skill DDR2 800 works fine:

    It automatically detected them and set the timing at 4-4-4-12 and 1.8V.
  2. What about anything with 1000 or 1066 instead of 800? Would it make a big difference in speed?
  3. It's 800 Mhz memory that's guaranteed to overclock to 1000 Mhz or 1066 Mhz (with increased timings and voltage). There's no JEDEC specification for it, therefore you'd have to set timings and voltage manually. The performance gains could be anywhere between 0 and 1.5% (depending on applications). You could also overclock DDR2 800 Mhz memory and probably achieve the same results.

    The risk of running into issues always is lower when using memory that's known to work well with your motherboard.
  4. Oh so when you buy the Ram that says its 1066mhz, that just means it can be overclocked to that much?
  5. That's correct. Check today's build on Tom's and you'll see that they also use G.Skill PI Black DDR2 800 Mhz to build affordable systems. By default, 1066 RAM will work at 800.
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