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Help on Choosing Right Memory for Build (i7-860)

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October 27, 2009 6:32:11 AM

Hello everybody,

I am somewhat new to building computers and am
wondering Which ram you think is best for the price and for gaming? I
want to get 4gb ddr3 from a company that has a lifetime warranty. I am
looking to get the 1600 speed unless you think otherwise. The
price is negotiable, if it is worth the price than I will consider it, but id
rather not spend more than $120.

I am going to be using an i7-860 and an asus p7pp5d deluxe mobo.

The ones I am looking at right now are:

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mushkin Enhanced 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996679 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mushkin Enhanced 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996746 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Am I going to notice a significant diff in any of them? Is cas latency very
important? Why are some classified as high performance or gaming
memory on neweggs website? Is there anything special about it?

Any thoughts and opinions are much appreciated

Thanks
a b } Memory
October 27, 2009 6:36:51 AM

Get this one...
Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Reason - Very good price, Has good speed and decent latency...
If you dont overclock much, then you wont have to worry about the CAS and speed much...The above memory is perfect and would say is a better deal than any of the above listed RAMs...
October 27, 2009 10:40:34 PM

Thank you gkay that one does look good. Also what do you think about this one...

Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT25664BA1336

It is way cheaper and has cas latency of 6. The speed is only 1333 though. Is it better to have low cas latency with lower speed, or higher speed with higher cas latency?
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October 27, 2009 11:07:57 PM

Nope. That Crucial is 1.8V RAM (for AM3 motherboards). You need 1.5-1.65V RAM for an i5/i7 system.
October 28, 2009 12:30:45 AM

Oh thank you dnd i did not realize that. Nice catch=)
October 29, 2009 4:08:38 AM

Hey guys i updated the RAM i am thinking about on the list.

I'm leaning towards the g.skill that gkay suggested. Am i going to notice a dramatic difference between that one and lets say the last mushikin i have on the list? Only diff i can see are a little tighter timings, but will that affect the performance very much?
a b } Memory
October 29, 2009 4:16:48 AM

^ Ohh no... I dont think that RAM is worth the difference...I would rather spend that ~$31 somewhere else...maybe on the GPU/ CPU...
You wont notice any significant Real-World Performance difference between those 2 RAMs...
October 29, 2009 4:28:07 AM

Yeah I was hoping you would say that=)
October 29, 2009 4:40:48 AM

So I have decided to go with the the second g.skill one, i think it has the most bang for the buck.

If you have any other suggestions please say them, also if any of you would like to further assist me i have another thread with my soon to be build

Thank you and here it is:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/273650-31-thoughts-bu...
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