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October 12, 2010 6:23:59 AM

Hello everyone, a quick question if I may. I plan on overclocking for my first time soon, and I dont plan on doing anything too drastic, maybe a 3.6-3.8ghz OC for my wolfdale E6500 @2.93ghz. I am looking at several different types of ram atm and not sure which to go with. I know I can get a higher OC with 1066 memory, but I dont know if I need or want that. I will list the ram I am looking at and maybe someone can give me some insight, thank you.

1066
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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October 14, 2010 7:15:06 PM

2.3v eeek I cringe at the though of even seeing that. I got two Gskill 4gb 2x2 1066 2.1v kits and they are good for the job thus far, 8gb total.
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October 14, 2010 8:13:59 PM

nforce4max said:
2.3v eeek I cringe at the though of even seeing that. I got two Gskill 4gb 2x2 1066 2.1v kits and they are good for the job thus far, 8gb total.


Since I am new to overclocking I am not sure about ram volatages. 2.3v is bad then? I want to have less?
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October 14, 2010 9:01:38 PM

The RAM need to work with the motherboard. Which Board are you using?
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October 14, 2010 9:23:19 PM

Plumble said:
The RAM need to work with the motherboard. Which Board are you using?


I was just thinking...why am I buying a board that only supports ddr2 memory? Is there any reason I should not get a board that supports ddr3 and then buy some ddr3 memory? Is it worse in any ways the ddr2? Considering I will be buying a mobo and ram, I can do whatever I want. Any opinions on the matter? I am not sure of the differences between ddr2 and ddr3.
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October 14, 2010 9:34:57 PM

One more thing, when a motherboard says "Memory Standard DDR2 800", does that mean that the most it can support is 800mhz ram? meaning, if I bought 1066 ram it would only be able to run at 800 on that board even if you boost it in the bios?
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October 15, 2010 2:03:16 AM

OMG -.- Helping people with your skill level is like turning red hot nails in ones flesh.

You NEED to buy a decent board even if it is for a crappy sempron as a quality board can pay for it's self in not having to replace it in the future prematurely. DDR2 is only for those who already have a older board or cpu and is limited by budget but for a new build go DDR3. Latency wise DDR3 sucks but reaches highers clocks at a price.
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October 16, 2010 12:12:51 AM

ddr2 800 is really all you need. You can have a 1:1 ratio with a fsb of 400mhz, 1600mhz effective. With that chip I would lower the multi to 9, and raise the fsb to 400, and whalla, 3.6 and a 1:1 ratio with ddr2 ram.

If you keep a higher multiplier while overclocking that chip, you will actually need less ram speed. Say 11x327= 3.597mhz. In that case you only need ddr2 667.
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