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Memory for socket AM3

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October 27, 2009 2:27:43 PM

I'm purchasing the AMD Phenom II X4 965 Socket AM3 processor with an Asus Crosshair III Formula motherboard for a gaming rig.

Is this memory a good option? I'm assuming it will run in Dual channel.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

What about this? Does the socket AM3 support tri-channel?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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October 27, 2009 3:23:18 PM

The AMD socket don't support tri-channel. And the memory that you listed is designed for i5 and i7.
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October 27, 2009 3:40:44 PM

in that case, what would be a good RAM for the socket AM3, for a gaming PC?

also, even though the first RAM I listed says 'Perfect match for Core i5 & Core i7', why would it not work with the socket AM3?
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October 27, 2009 8:30:58 PM

The RAM you listed would work for AM3, but it's overpriced. I would pick up two kits of this RAM:

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH - Retail $114.99

The G.Skill is faster since it's CAS 7 instead of CAS 8. It also runs at a slightly lower voltage. Corsair RAM is overpriced since you're paying extra for the name. I've used G.Skill RAM in many builds and have yet to be disappointed.
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