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Need serious help choosing DDR3 RAM for new build

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August 2, 2009 6:43:59 AM

Guys, i'm getting a new rig and need to pick up some good memory.

Specs are:

CP: Core i7-975 Extreme
MB: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 (best, because of fitting issues into Antec 1200)
Cooling: Air

Now the RAM questions:

Money not being an issue, Which one of the two woukd you pick:

Mushkin Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800), 1.65V, 6-7-6-18 - ($199)
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800), 1.65V, 8-8-8-24 - ($170)

Or go balls out and get:

G.SKILL Perfect Storm 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000), 1.65v, 7-8-7-20 - ($399)
OCZ Blade Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000), 1.65, 8-9-8-24 - ($435)

The main concern here is if these speeds can be achieved on my setup.

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a b } Memory
August 2, 2009 7:05:06 AM

IMO that that board runs super stable with the Dominators....

And for that price you can buy 2 sets easy....

If you only plan on installing 6GB and money grows in your backyard then get the G.Skills....

August 2, 2009 7:22:27 AM

Yeah, I do plan to go 6GB only since I don't do any video editiong and the most tasking processes would be the games.

And yeah, money is not an issue at all.

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August 2, 2009 7:35:46 AM

BTW, I understand that to reach these high-end RAM speeds I would need to up my CPU core voltage significantly - not sure how that would fly on Air cooling.

Any more thoughs?
a b } Memory
August 2, 2009 8:01:38 AM

Don't worry about it.... many peeps overclock their i7's to insane speeds on air cooling.....its just a matter of monitoring your temps every now n then....

Btw you won't really need to do much to that 975 since it is stupid fast out of the box...

On a side note :

If money is not an issue get an EVGA Classified motherboard.... as far as x58 goes the Classified is second to none...
August 2, 2009 8:20:05 AM

the Classified has issues fitting into Antec 1200 (since the case is not e-ATX)
August 2, 2009 9:50:28 AM

OvrClkr said:
But then again if money is not an issue you should not be getting a 1200....

Antec 1200 is simply awesome for aircooling (and that's what I need since I can't go water)

Another choice is ABS Canyon (Lian-Li) but it's not so good for cable management.

The ones you suggested don't look too good for aircooling.
a b } Memory
August 2, 2009 7:26:32 PM

The Thermaltake sword has Massive airflow.... the top panel can fit 4 120mm fans alone...the side can fit 6 120mm and trust me, airflow will not be an issue...

The sword has an astounding number of places for fans(12 120mm), meaning you will actually have a small tornado living in your room......
August 3, 2009 5:47:41 PM

I too am trying to select the right memory here for an i7 920, ASUS P6T board. Looking to not spend more than $250, and typically like to run Corsair. I'm still on XP Pro, so 3GB's is the most I can run, if I understand it correctly. I'm comfortable with OC's.

Any recommendations are greatly appreciated!