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May 19, 2010 6:56:09 PM

So I'm nearly clueless. I am gathering parts for a new computer. All that's left is ram and a cpu cooler (I know what I'm getting there).

However, even after perusing the ram faq sticky which is 5 years old *ahem*, with links that don't work, I still have no idea what to get other than triple channel ddr3.

I dont understand any of the common numbers given in ram specs:
Like these two I dont understand the differences
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
My setup

i7-930 (we'll oc this to about 3.5ghz)
2x WD Black Caviar 640gb HDD in Raid 0 (I think that's the right term)
Asus P6T SE Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OCZ 500w PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (I was told 500w would be fine for my use, I have a 550w in my system I use now I can pull out or if really needed I can go buy more PSU)
Windows 7 64 bit oem.
Nvidia 8800gt Video card

My use:

WoW as for gaming. 25 man raids cause me insane amounts of lag in my old system with 1-2 fps on generally lower settings.

My other uses are basically meaningless as far as what we're talking about.

My Desire: 6gb-8gb ram

My Budget: $150-$250, POSSIBLY more if I were to go with something like the Corsair stuff with dual fans.

Most important is being reliable out of the box and not having to RMA!

Thanks for your guidance in helping me understand/choose.

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a c 163 } Memory
May 19, 2010 9:40:52 PM

1- The difference is that the 1st RAM support XMP that is for OC the RAM in a easy way.
2- Since u have an i7-930, go with 6GB in tri-channel, the 8GB will not the best configuration.
3- IMO the PSU isn't good. For ur rig u should go with a better PSU like this Antec 550W
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May 20, 2010 4:09:14 AM

shortstuff_mt said:
That Corsair RAM is overpriced and only has an average CAS 8 rating. This G.Skill kit is CAS 7 and only requires 1.5v. It doesn't get much better than that.

G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI $189.99



and the quality from "plug in"? I've seen so many mentions on all ram except corsair about needing to set timings, rma's etc.

I dont have time for waiting on rma's when it comes to build day.
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May 20, 2010 4:10:15 AM

I still dont understand what 1600 (pc3 12800) and all that means and what the benefit is or which is + - of the other.
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May 20, 2010 4:15:01 AM

1600 is the frequency. It makes a miniscule difference in ram performance that you won't even be able to see to have faster ram. Basically, ddr3 1333 is fine.
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May 20, 2010 4:23:01 AM

G.Skill RAM is every bit as good as Corsair. You have no higher chance of DOA hardware with G.Skill than you do with Corsair. In fact, G.Skill is usually better RAM. You just pay more for the Corsair name.
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a c 163 } Memory
May 20, 2010 4:31:41 AM

^+1, even Crucial have less DOA that anyone of the other manufactures.
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a c 163 } Memory
May 21, 2010 1:15:26 PM

^Is the same ram that shortstuff_mt recommended to u from the beginning, and yeah is the best options that u can get after the Mushkin Redline CL6
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May 26, 2010 9:49:37 AM

Ok so I bought the gskills above. Built the system today and the ram comes in a 10700?? That aint right is it?

**using cpu-z
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a c 163 } Memory
May 26, 2010 12:55:01 PM

Ur RAM says F3-12800, that is 1600 speed, the 10700 that u can see is because ur RAM is running at 1333MHz.

If u want the 1600 default of ur RAM, go to the BIOS and configure all the specifications of ur RAM manually in the BIOS.
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May 27, 2010 5:39:13 PM

Hey i use Patriot and they got some good ram also. Corsair isn't the only good name out there. there are about 5 or 6 decent brand names out there that all do the same job.
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