But then I found these two combos with my chosen motherboard that could save me as much as $45. They are all the same brand and voltage. They also all have higher speed and higher CL. How will the change in speed and CL effect the overall speed? Is it worth the savings to get a combo or should I stick with my original RAM?
So, you don't think that I will see a performance difference? Is 1600Mhz at CL 7 roughly the same as 1866Mhz at CL 9? Or is it possible to lower the speed to 1600Mhz and tighten the timings to 7? How much impact does RAM speed even have on a system?
Now speed itself will have a bigger impact than timings. So 1866 CL9 will see better performance than 1600 CL7.
So, the 1866Mhz CL 9 with have the same or better results than the 1600Mhz CL 7? I thought the RAM speeds only mattered up to a certain point depending on the CPU. For the i7 860, I think it was 1333Mhz before it lost the 1:1 Ratio. Will overclocking compensate for this, or am I completely wrong on this point?
Unless you are overclocking or the speed difference is huge, you really wont' even notice a difference in speeds (clock or timings).
Will it matter if I plan to overclock? I was hoping to hit 4Ghz and have RAM performance to compliment it.