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February 17, 2010 7:16:29 AM

Hello, im going to build my new rig, been awhile since, the last one, and god, the products been updated abit, hehe.

the current build im getting, is, following:

amd phenom 2 x4 965 BE
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8bg
(thinking the ocz amd black edition , can only get the cl8 i that case, or a dominator one, both are ddr3 and has the timing, of 1600mhz

the msi 790fx gd70 board

SSD
1 corsair performance, p64 bg, 128mb buffer.
1 corsair performance p128 gb. 128mb buffer

corsair HX1000W PSU
the case im not sure yet to choose... hopefully you could say a great one that has it all, was thinking of the HAF 932 from coolermaster, but no dust filters, wtf... that low:( 

and lastly is the 2 msi own, 5970 that ive waiting for

the question is, when i put the ocz amd black edition, in, it will be default settings right...
is it safe to just clock the ddr3 settings to 1600 since it counts as an OC... is that safe to run it, without, having to worry about burning some other parts? please hope you can come with some great tips for me, , and btw thanks for the forum, many great features:) 

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February 17, 2010 8:34:57 AM

any one that can fill me out, im not very great with the rams,
hope fully you guys are:( 

a half fresh pc builder

that is looking for som assistance
a c 238 V Motherboard
February 17, 2010 5:59:06 PM

For any ram you are considering, do your own homework.
Go to the ram vendor's web site, and access their configurator.
Corsair, Kingston, Patriot, OCZ and others have them.
Their compatibility list is more current than the motherboard vendor's QVL lists which rarely get updated.
Enter your mobo or PC, and get a list of compatible ram sticks.

Here are a few links:

http://www.crucial.com/index.aspx

http://www.corsair.com/configurator/default.aspx

http://kingston.com/

http://conf.ocztechnology.com/index.php?c=1

http://www.patriotmemory.com/configurator/index.jsp

Cpu performance is not very sensitive to ram speeds.
If you look at real application and game benchmarks(vs. synthetic tests),
you will see negligible difference in performance between the slowest DDR2 and the fastest DDR3 ram.
Perhaps 1-2%. Not worth it to me.
Don't pay extra for faster ram or better timings unless you are a maximum overclocker.
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a c 295 V Motherboard
February 17, 2010 6:42:29 PM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

I think that you don't need 8GB, at least that you want tou use many software like Adobe CS3, Adobe premier and something like this.

Now, here are two options.

1- G.Skill 1333
2- Crucial Ballistix Tracer 1333

Select one acording with your budget.
February 17, 2010 6:44:18 PM

thanks, im not really planning to overclock, yet, want to learn more about before even trying to overclock

ive got a standard one, from kingston, wich is cl9 and got stock, mhz of 1333, wich wont count as OC , ive allready looked in to some rams, first of all i just want a really good gaming cmputor that can handle applications (games) for some years to come, wich i hope this build will.
thank man:) 

February 17, 2010 6:46:50 PM

saint19 said:
Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

I think that you don't need 8GB, at least that you want tou use many software like Adobe CS3, Adobe premier and something like this.

Now, here are two options.

1- G.Skill 1333
2- Crucial Ballistix Tracer 1333

Select one acording with your budget.


Hi thanks for even more, tips, so for just gaming, i should stick to 4 gig? ive seen that the 8 gigs wont do soo much faster loading, and such, was thinking, why not, put in 8 gig, when my budget can manage,...., will it be negative performance, for me, using 8, then 4 you say?

im gonna look into, the g-skill rams, i live in sweden, and ive never seen any retailers here that sells em:( 
a c 295 V Motherboard
February 17, 2010 6:53:40 PM

Well, if you have enough budget I would get 4GB and maybe 2 monitors for your 5970. Like i said, the 8GB is more for Adobe and applications like that.
February 17, 2010 6:55:55 PM

thanks, for the tip, , and thanks for not bashing me down, for being more or less a beginner builder. :) 

trying my best, aint allways easy:) 
a c 295 V Motherboard
February 17, 2010 7:01:41 PM

Any time, that's why we are here. And if you have another question, feel free to ask.

And I'm also was a beginner builder, so, don't worry.
a c 238 V Motherboard
February 17, 2010 8:46:36 PM

I don't know of any game that can use more than 2 or 3gb of ram by itself. So, if you will be running only a single game, then 4gb will be fine. If you will be multitasking, and have several other tasks open and running, such as e-mail or virus scan, then more ram will keep the tasks from interfering with each other.

I see no drawback to 8gb. Windows-7 (64 bit, of course) will make use of it. Only with a maximum overclock might 4 sticks be an issue vs. 2 sticks.

There is some evidence that added ram will elevate your minimum FPS. Here is a 3gb vs. 6gb study:
http://www.corsair.com/_appnotes/AN811_Gaming_Performan...
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