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Just ordered my new i5 rig, but did I make a mistake? RAM too slow?

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October 4, 2009 4:55:40 PM


Just ordered the following components for my new Core i5 rig:

Mainboard: Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3R
CPU: Intel Core i5 750
RAM: 2 x Kingston ValueRAM DDR3-1066MHz 4 GB (8GB total)
Graphics card: Asus EAH4870 DK/HTDI/512MD5
System disk: Corsair Extreme Series X128, 128GB SSD
Data disk: Samsung EcoGreen F2 1,5 TB S-ATA

I will be using the computer for video editing (1080p HD video), Lightroom and the occasional game.

Would like a moderate overclock on the CPU, maybe 3.5 to 4 GhZ. But I am concerned about the RAM. Ordered the cheapest low-level stuff I could find because all the better spec'd RAM are sold out in Norway at the moment. But could the RAM hinder the overclocking?

Could need some advice!


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October 4, 2009 5:06:17 PM

The RAM won't hinder the overclocking of your CPU.

If you're coming from DDR2 then you're going to notice a performance boost. However, it is a low speed for DDR3. You might be better exchanging it for 6GB running at 1600MHz.

How much did you spend on the RAM?
October 4, 2009 5:12:12 PM

speed doesn impact performance as much as timings do what timings is the ram
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October 4, 2009 5:32:11 PM

The RAM is 7-7-7-20, I believe.

October 4, 2009 5:35:01 PM

I've been looking at another RAM set:
CORSAIR 4GB DDR3 XMS3 1600MHZ 8-8-8-24.

Would I notice the performance increase?
The Corsair RAM is almost 50% more expensive.

October 4, 2009 5:49:29 PM

Thanks for the advice.

I actually looked at the ripjaws, but sadly they're sold out here at the moment.

But anyway: you're saying cl7 RAM @ 1066 isn't far from cl9-10 RAM @ 1600?

Then why is the latter so much more expensive?

October 4, 2009 6:00:11 PM

not too far away, and for the price i the 1600 ram would be a lil faster but i dunno why its more expensive cl10 1600 mhz ram is drag ass slow and will be cheap for its speed
October 4, 2009 6:02:35 PM

Ok, thank you for the help.
I'll stick with the slow RAM.

Somehow doesn't feel right, except for in my wallet.