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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

Hello,

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!

Thorstein
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
October 4, 2009 5:32:11 PM

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

T
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.

T
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.
!