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Questions about RAM and help choosing the right one

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January 4, 2010 4:12:05 AM

So I guess I'll start with the question. When deciding between RAM, what is better, higher frequency or lower timings?

I'm building a new system and I'm having trouble choosing between some OCZ DDR3-1333 PC3-10666 CL 7-7-7-20, OCZ DDR3-1600 PC3-12800 CL 9-9-9-24 or Corsair DDR3-1600 PC3-12800 CL 7-7-7-20. Now the two OCZ kits are about the same price, but the Corsair kits is more than twice as much. Is the Dominator stuff that much better? I should clarify that this will be going into an AM3 system. Also, when RAM says it's designed for i7 or i5 systems, does that mean it won't work with AMD or will work poorly? Because most of the high end RAM kits say they are for intel. I don't want to get something that won't work with my build. Also, if I've missed out on looking at some other good memory, please let me know. Thanks.

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January 4, 2010 6:22:44 AM

Wow,the Crosair one is twice more expensive ?!
Both first and second one are good choices,some users prefer lower timings and some prefer higher speed,in terms of performance you won't notice a difference between them in games/apps,timings and Mhz are mostly important for OC'ng,i would choose the first one due to lower timings
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January 4, 2010 12:42:22 PM

Unless you are going to try more than mild overclocks, the OCZ DDR3-1333 would suit you quite well.
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January 4, 2010 2:41:26 PM

I'll probably be going with the first OCZ kit then. Thanks for the answers.
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