I'm waiting for the ASUS P6X58D Premium mobo and i7-930 to be shipped and I'm somewhat confused about my memory options for a 64-bit Win 7 build. I downloaded the ASUS QVL for DDR3 memory for this board but there are just so many options I don't know which to chose.
I want to put 12GB of RAM onto my mobo. And since I spent a lot of money on 64GB SSD SATA, I would like to save on memory if I can. I do not think that I'll overclock this particular system - maybe in the future with a new CPU, but not now.
Can I use six (6) 2GB sticks of Ram? Something like this, maybe: Kingston KVR1333D3N9/2G. Those are $58.00/unit.
Or maybe I can use this Crucial Ballistix 2GB BL25664BN1608 at $61.00/unit. At ~$370.00 I can afford to put either of these into my system.
Is it OK for me to use six modules of the same memory or do I have to purchase it in sets?
First, you're on the right track looking up the QVL for the motherboard. Kudos.
That said, just about any stick will *probably* work. You'll often find that after some time has passed since the release of the QVL for any board, certain modules won't be manufactured any more and the prices will seemingly increase due to supply vs demand.
If you buy from the QVL, you're getting a module that has been tested and guaranteed to work. It's not worth the premium to me, considering the small chance that it won't work.
As for the Ballistix Tracers - I've never seen much of a difference between those and the base line Ballistix, other than a red LED. I haven't looked at benchmarks recently, but I assume that's still true. The premium isn't worth it to me personally for a 1 cent diode.