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Best Price/Performance DDR3 Memory for an i7 build?

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February 19, 2009 1:28:33 AM

:hello: 
Hello,
I am going to be building my first i7 (920) rig and had a few questions about DDR3 RAM.
I want to get the best RAM at the best cost. I'm willing to go around $130, but would prefer to stay below that medium. I will be using a Asus P6T6 Revolution Mobo (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...), and it says 1600 (O.C) which I don't exactly understand :(  . Does the RAM have to be overclocked to reach that speed on the Mobo, or can you just buy 1600 speed RAM?
I was thinking about getting G.Skill 4gb: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168....
Any suggestions?
Thanks
February 19, 2009 6:44:42 AM

You want a P6T6 WS Revolution mobo and then you want to skimp on RAM???

Well the G.Skill DDR3-1333 CL7s (blue) are pretty good, but what exactly are your needs and what exactly are you going to be doing with your rig and that P6T6?

If it were me, and without knowing anything more, I'd go with the black Mushkins at 7-8-7-20.
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February 19, 2009 10:56:49 PM

Ill be mostly playing games lol. I don't exactly want to "skimp" on RAM, but I would like to find another deal. Do you think RAM will drop within a couple months, cause I could delay my build till summer (I think I'm going to do that anyway, mainly because I'll have more time).
February 20, 2009 4:09:01 AM

If you're mostly gaming, then maybe another route would be to save money by not using the P6T6 mobo (although that's a fabulous board) and then putting the savings into the RAM.

G.Skill is probably your best value for gaming DDR3. Their Pi Silvers are also worth considering.

Delaying until summer would give you the benefit of lower (or maybe "shifting" is the better word) video card prices, after the new ATI GPUs come out (currently scheduled for April, I think). DDR3 will probably fall a bit as newer/faster/better modules come out.
February 21, 2009 1:36:12 AM

Akebono 98 said:

Delaying until summer would give you the benefit of lower (or maybe "shifting" is the better word) video card prices, after the new ATI GPUs come out (currently scheduled for April, I think). DDR3 will probably fall a bit as newer/faster/better modules come out.

Yeah, I decided to delay my rig till summer for 3 reasons:
1. Price drops- the i7 920 has dropped about 50$ since it first came out (mostly due to instant savings, but it has dropped 10$ over a month on newegg.) And the GTX 260 keeps dropping in price, so it seems like a good deal.
2. Waiting for the Evga Classified- I really hope this is a nice mobo, and I also hope it's kinda cheap lol.
3. Definitely the RAM- I agree, and I think that DDR3 RAM will advance to the extent where there are better models, designed for i7, with good reviews.
Thanks for all your help :D 
February 21, 2009 2:45:48 AM

+1 on the eVGA Classified mobo :wahoo: 

But -1 on it being cheap ;) 
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