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Extreme Gaming Rig - need advise on picking out best RAM

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May 21, 2010 3:19:44 PM

Hi guys,

So i'm building my first Desktop gaming rig - been gaming off high end alienware laptops past few years due to work (that's my excuse :ange:  ). I'll be using the PC for mostly gaming, if not me then someone else in the household so it will be on for a good dew hours when it is. So far my build is

CPU
Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition Gulftown
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo
ASUS Rampage III Extreme
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GFX cards

ATI 5970 x2

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So i'm all ears for suggestions. What would you guys advise for RAM?
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a b 4 Gaming
May 21, 2010 4:37:13 PM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

For an extreme rig u need and extreme RAM. This Mushkin Redline 1600 are very solid.
May 21, 2010 11:06:47 PM

WOW, what a monster... Overkill for the next 5 years...

I recommend you this : Corsair Dominator 6GB. ( a bit cheaper than the mushkin up)

Ask anyone. Corsair is an excellent brand

Just to know... What power supply are you going to use with that beast?
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May 22, 2010 3:16:31 AM

^A extreme rig today only can run as extreme for two or three years max.
May 22, 2010 4:14:26 AM

Well yeah, that's what I said when last year my partner Jose built this:

asus striker ll extreme ultra sli
Q9650
asus silent knight AL
BFG gtx295(x2)
2gb corsair ddr3 1600(x4)
seagate barracuda 1.5tb 32mb 7200rpm sata2 (x2)


But this is frigging different...
December 10, 2013 6:10:13 PM

Whenever it comes to ram, frequencies despite common believe show little to no difference in framerate. So don't waste your money spending another fifty to one-hundred dollars on 2133+ ram, since DDR3 1600 will more than suffice.
First, let me explain something about frequencies. They are measured in Hertz, which means they are measured in "Cycles per second." So 2133 will do 2133 cylces per second, and 1866 will do as you may guess, 1866.
Following this lets look into is the CAS Latency. The lower the number, the better. What this does is it tells you the amount of cycles that the ram will go through to complete the task at hand. With a Cas Latency of something like 9, which is a run of the mill CL.

Now lets put this all together. With a CL of 9 and a Frequency of 1600, 9/1600 = 0.0056 Seconds to complete a normal desktop task. You can aim for lower CL, and that number will shrink tremendously, yet CL 6 is probably the lowest you will find.

I would make some recommendations, but this is a bit of an outdated post, so I'd bet that you have an upgraded rig by now. Look for something along the lines of 8-16gb as to most games won't ask for much more. Personally I like G-Skill and Corsair if you need a general basis of what to go off of.
Hope i could help.
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December 11, 2013 7:41:55 PM

CCapG said:
Whenever it comes to ram, frequencies despite common believe show little to no difference in framerate. So don't waste your money spending another fifty to one-hundred dollars on 2133+ ram, since DDR3 1600 will more than suffice.
First, let me explain something about frequencies. They are measured in Hertz, which means they are measured in "Cycles per second." So 2133 will do 2133 cylces per second, and 1866 will do as you may guess, 1866.
Following this lets look into is the CAS Latency. The lower the number, the better. What this does is it tells you the amount of cycles that the ram will go through to complete the task at hand. With a Cas Latency of something like 9, which is a run of the mill CL.

Now lets put this all together. With a CL of 9 and a Frequency of 1600, 9/1600 = 0.0056 Seconds to complete a normal desktop task. You can aim for lower CL, and that number will shrink tremendously, yet CL 6 is probably the lowest you will find.

I would make some recommendations, but this is a bit of an outdated post, so I'd bet that you have an upgraded rig by now. Look for something along the lines of 8-16gb as to most games won't ask for much more. Personally I like G-Skill and Corsair if you need a general basis of what to go off of.
Hope i could help.

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Yes three years is a bit outdated ;) 
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